Jumat, 19 September 2008

Portsmouth 2-0 Guimaraes

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Diarra played a one-two with Defoe and volleyed in to open the scoring.

Three minutes later Guimaraes had a chance to level but Joao Paulo Fajardo blazed a penalty over after Sol Campbell hauled down Felix Roberto.

After the break Defoe missed a penalty, having won it himself, but made amends with a superb volley to seal the win.

It was a deserved success for Pompey and in large part down to boss Harry Redknapp's decision to revert to a 4-4-2 formation.

In came left-back Nadir Belhadj for his first start, and winger John Utaka was included after shaking off a knee problem.

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Papa Bouba Diop dropped down to the bench, along with Younes Kaboul, but if any concerns that the big midfielder would be missed were soon dispelled.

Diarra was at his fluid best, keeping Pompey moving forward with a variety of passes and also breaking up the opposition attacks.

After only three minutes he played in Defoe but the striker's touch let him down and the chance went begging.

Defoe was then denied by a fingertip save from Correa Nilson after making space for the shot with an outstanding turn.

But the former Tottenham man's fortune changed when he provided the assist for Diarra, who had beaten three men the wing before passing to his team-mate and then volleying home.

But when Roberto was dragged down as Campbell headed clear, Guimaraes looked set to equalise from the spot.

However, Pompey were handed a reprieve as Fajardo's effort clipped the bar on its way over.

Only four minutes into the second half, it was Portsmouth's turn to try to score from the penalty spot after Defoe had been felled by Guimaraes skipper Joao Moreno.

It proved just as difficult for Defoe as it had been for Fajardo, with Nilson once again producing a fine stop.

Luckily for Defoe he had to reflect on that miss for only 12 minutes.

The excellent Beldhaj produced a inch-perfect cross from the left and Defoe instinctively and precisely volleyed the ball into the corner to make it 2-0.

It now seemed that Portsmouth were in full flow, as the party atmosphere had been since kick off.

Guimaraes had other ideas, and began to push for an away goal that would have given the tie a very different balance.

Roberto went close when very nearly beat David James with a free-kick into the box that evaded all but the keeper's leg.

Pompey were now playing on the break, but on one of their counter-attacks they might have wrapped up the tie had Armand Traore not blasted his shot at Nilson.

However, they had already done enough to put them to make sure their first outing in Europe would be a successful one.


Bent relieved as Spurs break duck

Who that did not know with bent he was the player from spurs that became the ghost for each enemy of his enemy...
"The players are feeling the weight of expectation that's on their shoulders," said Bent after Spurs finally won at the fifth time of asking this season.

"I hope this result is the start of us putting things right."

Spurs boss Juande Ramos admitted: "We were in a bit of a bad run. We needed a win to give confidence to the team."

Ramos, whose side are bottom of the Premier League with just one point from four games, added that he hoped the result would spark "a positive run, leading to better results".

In my opinion Bentley shouldn't start. We need wingers running at people, scaring them, and I would much prefer to see Lennon and Dos Santos on either side


Tottenham took the lead in the first half through David Bentley, only for Tomas Jirsak to level the score 67 seconds later, before Bent headed the winner 17 minutes from time.

"I wanted to get more than a one-goal advantage but it wasn't to be," said Ramos, whose side travel to Poland for the second leg on Thursday, 2 October.

"The tie is very evenly balanced. The goal gives us a little bit of an advantage, which will be important, and it will be a difficult game in Poland."

Bent's goal was his third in as many games and Ramos admitted he is relying on his striker at the moment.

"Darren has played every minute so far this season and, one day, we'll have to give him a rest or it will be too much for him," said Ramos.

"We'll look for the most appropriate moment to do that."