Pompey Tame The Tigers

By Jim Bonner
Last updated : 24 October 2010
Issues off the pitch may have Pompey fans feeling less than happy at the moment but the same can't be said for what's happening on the pitch as Steve Cotterill's men won again.

There is also some great news to come out of the club today as Sacha Gaydamak has agreed a new deal that has seen Portsmouth FC come out of administration.

That announcement tops what was a good day for Pompey as this latest victory takes the Blues into the top half of the table, having taken 16 points from the last 18 available.

The match was a pretty even contest although it was the visitors that had the better of the first half. David Nugent came close to scoring when he hit the crossbar from 25-yards-out and Hull 'keeper Matt Duke saved Utaka's effort on the line.

Pompey were not to be denied though and in first half stoppage time, Hull's defence switched off and allowed Utaka to play Nugent through on goal and the Pompey striker made no mistake of slotting the ball into the corner of the net after running half the length of the pitch.

The lead was doubled just after the break as Kitson was brought down in "Liam Lawrence territory" only for Greg Halford to step up and smash the ball straight into the Hull wall and see it hit the back of the net.

Nugent had a couple of chances to do further damage to the home side but just missed out on Duke's error that almost gifted him a free shot on goal and another good opportunity was squandered as he shot over the bar.

The thousand-or-so travelling Pompey fans were in good voice despite the problems and were taunting Nicky Barmby all game for being a "fat northern midget". So it was inevitable that he would be the one to pull a goal back for the hosts by heading in Robert Koren's cross when he was completely unmarked.

Nigel Pearson's team then began to dominate possession and Steve Cotterill's response was to hold on to what we had rather than try and kill the game off. On came Richard Hughes, Joel Ward and the returning Hermann Hreidarsson to close the game out and seal Pompey's third consecutive win.

This was a better performance than the midweek showing at Millwall and was what you would call a proper "team performance" because nobody stood out but the lads all worked hard for each other and showed the experience and character necessary to win away from home.

So whilst things can't be better on the pitch, it's now down to the new owners, whoever they may be, to stabilise the club and to ensure us fans never experience the sort of trauma we have suffered over the past year again.

Pompey Player Ratings

Jamie Ashdown: 6 - Not called into action often.

Greg Halford: 7 - Has slotted in seamlessly and scored a (fortunate) goal.

Ibrahima Sonko: 7 - Didn't put a foot wrong.

Aaron Mokoena: 7 - Got stuck in.

Carl Dickinson: 7 - Steady performance.

Liam Lawrence: 7 - Provided the creative spark.

Hayden Mullins: 7 - Continues to do his "unsung hero" job well.

Michael Brown: 7 - Buzzed around the pitch as usual.

John Utaka: 6 - Solid showing.

David Nugent: 7 - Took his goal well despite other missed opportunities.

Dave Kitson: 6 - Useful as a target man on occasion.

Substitutes

Darryl Flahavan

Hermann Hreidarsson (Mullins 90): N/A - Good to see him back.

Joel Ward (Nugent 87): N/A - Brought on to hold the lead.

Richard Hughes (Utaka 75): N/A - Helped keep possession late on.

Nadir Ciftci

Kanu

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