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Norris’ last-gasp cracker earns Pompey derby point
Photo: Norris's stunning late equalizer against Southampton to make the score 2-2
PHOTO: Pompey manager Michael Appleton celebrates with his players after Chris Maguire (22) made it 1-1 at St Mary's
David Norris’ last-ditch strike ensured Pompey snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw in a pulsating south coast derby at St Mary’s.
The Blues appeared to have been dealt a killer blow as Billy Sharp pounced to poke home from close range to put the home side 2-1 up in the dying minutes.
But Norris then had the final say deep into stoppage-time with a sweet volley to send the travelling Pompey fans wild.
In a cracking game, Southampton took the lead in the 27th minute as Sharp produced a cool finish following some sloppy Pompey defending to give the home side the advantage.
But Chris Maguire levellled matters with a suberb long-range strike from an acute angle that flew into Kelvin Davis’ top corner to make it 1-1 at the break.
Pompey looked far more composed after the interval and began to string some decent passages of possession together, as Maguire wasted a great opportunity.
But the Blues were also thankful to two outstanding saves from Jamie Ashdown, firstly, denying Adam Lallana and then Jose Fonte within a few seconds of each chance.
As the game appeared to be heading for a 1-1 draw, Southampton appeared to have stolen the points at the death in a controversial moment with Sharp tucking home.
Even though the lineman raised his flag for offside, referee Neil Swarbrick overruled his assistant and gave the goal.
But Pompey then raised themselves for one last effort and Norris sparked delirium among the travelling fans with a classy left-foot volley that ensured it was honours even.
Saturday 7 April 2012 13.00
Southampton 2 – 2 (HT 1 – 1) Portsmouth
Southampton Sharp 27, Sharp 89
Portsmouth Maguire 36, Norris 90+4
Southampton Schneiderlin 2 Sharp 28
Portsmouth Maguire 7 Rocha 27 Allan 34 Etuhu 68 Varney 97 Ashdown 97
Southampton 56% Portsmouth 44%
Southampton 9 Portsmouth 3
Southampton 14 Portsmouth 8
Shots on Target
Southampton 7 Portsmouth 3
Southampton 7 Portsmouth13
Southampton 3 Portsmouth 2
Southampton Kelvin Davis, Jos Hooiveld, Jose Fonte, Frazer Richardson, Daniel Fox, Morgan Schneiderlin (Jack Cork, 7), Dean Hammond, Guilherme Do Prado (Steve De Ridder, 60), Adam Lallana, Billy Sharp (Daniel Harding, 92), Rickie Lambert
Portsmouth Jamie Ashdown, Joel Ward, Ricardo Rocha, Karim Rekik, Greg Halford, Jason Pearce, David Norris, Scott Allan, Chris Maguire, Luke Varney, Kelvin Etuhu (Dave Kitson, 69)
Referee Neil Swarbrick
Venue The Friends Provident St Mary's Stadium
Videos (2) below
Chris Maguire's goal
Chris Maguire and David Norris goals
|Pompey are desperate to kick-start their bid for Championship survival and where better to do it than at the home of their most fierce rivals Southampton |
The Blues head to St Mary's for a 1pm kick-off with the league leaders. Michael Appleton knows he must pick the team up after their 5-1 humbling at the hands of Burnley last weekend
Above PHOTO Joel Ward scoring Pompey's equalizer in the home game vs Southampton
Match preview from the Pompey Pages
Scummers v Pompey: PREVIEW Posted by Pompey Pages ⋅ April 6, 2012 ⋅ By Kyle Whitworth
Saturday the 7th of April will see the renewal of one of England’s hottest local derbies. Pompey and Southampton are separated by 17 miles, and until this season have been separated by at least one division for the past 7 years. Around 3,100 Pompey fans will be making their way via the controversial coach ‘bubble’ to St Mary’s, hoping to return with local bragging rights, as well as three crucial points in the battle against relegation.
Aaron Mokoena and Kanu are struggling with ankle and back injuries respectively, and both are not expected to feature.
George Thorne has returned to parent club West Brom after injuring an ankle in the defeat to Burnley, which has ruled him out of the remainder of the season.
Boss Michael Appleton may decide to change things after a second-half capitulation at home to Burnley, Ricardo Rocha is pushing for a recall to the starting line-up which may see Karim Rekik fall to the bench, whilst Kelvin Etuhu will be hoping recent cameo performances will earn him a start in this crucial clash.
The Scummers had concerns over star-striker Rickie Lambert, but boss Nigel Adkins is expected to be able to call on their top scorer after he completed a training session on Thursday.
Striker Tadanari Lee is a confirmed absentee for the hosts, after an operation on his right foot ended his season, but there are no fresh injury concerns for the hosts.
The South Coast Derby has a rich history, but recorded with varying accuracy. In ‘first class’ competitions, the Scummers hold the edge having won 34 of the 69 derbies to Pompey’s 21, however when the results include all official competitions (including Southern District Combination, Western League, Southern Alliance League and other official cup matches) Pompey lead with 62 victories in the 138 fixtures.
The first ever game between Pompey and the Scum was the 5th of September 1889, the ‘shrimps’ as Pompey were known (due to their salmon pink shirts) ran out 2-0 victors at Fratton Park.
Recent history has been rich in bragging rights for Pompey, having not been defeated by their fierce rivals since January 2005, some 7 years ago.
The last league meeting at Fratton Park ended in a draw in December, a committed Joel Ward performance included a back post header to restore parity after Rickie Lambert have given the away side the lead. Pompey fans will be dreaming of a trilogy of 4-1 victories, after the 2010 FA Cup and 2005 Premiership fixtures ended with the same result.
The Scummers will have to look as far back as 2003 for their last league victory over Pompey.
Pompey sit 23rd on 33 points, some 5 points from safety and with games running out fast. In sharp contrast, the Scum top the league with 78 points. They look set to complete back-to-back promotions to return to the Premier League, however Reading’s victory over Leeds on Friday has seen them knocked off the top – let’s hope we can keep them there with a Pompey win on Saturday!
Pompey’s last 5 (league): DWLWL
Scum last 5 (league): WWWWL
Possible Pompey line-up: Ashdown; Halford, Pearce, Rocha, Ben-Haim; Etuhu, Ward, Allan, Norris; Varney, Maguire
Possible Scum line-up: Davis; Fonte, Butterfield, Hooiveld, Fox; Lallana, Cork, Schneiderlin, Chaplow; Sharp, Lambert