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Saturday April 21, 2012 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England  (map)

npower championship fixture

Kick off 3pm (GMT)

Match reports

Pompey: Ashdown, Ward, Rocha, Pearce,  Rekik, Allan, Norris, Halford, Varney, Harris,.Kitson Subs: Mokoena, Futacs, Etuhu,  Magri, Webster .

Scorers: Pompey: Luke Varney 74 mins  Derby County: Buxtoon (41), Davies (78 pen)

Attendance 17,770  Pompey are relegated and will be in Division 1 for the first time in 29 years. 

Game Statistics

Portsmouth                   Derby

   16     Goal Attempts     10

     9     On Target             6

     3     Corners                7

   16     Fouls                  10

     3     Yellow Cards         1

     0     Red Cards            0

   48%  Posession          52%


Report From the News

Pompey have been relegated from the Championship after a 2-1 defeat to Derby.

The Blues needed to win at Fratton Park to stand any chance of taking their battle for survival to the final weekend of the season.

But goals from Jake Buxton and a Steve Davies penalty, which came either side of a Luke Varney leveller, condemned Michael Appleton’s men to League One.

Even if Pompey had won, they still would have suffered the drop after Bristol City saw off Barnsley at Ashton Gate to seal their survival and also send down Coventry.

Buxton’s free header from Jamie ward’s corner opened the scoring after 41 minutes.


PHOTO: Buxton heads Derby into the lead after 41 mins..

Varney then made no mistake after breaking the offside trap from Marko Futacs’ through ball on 74 minutes.

Hope of a result was short-lived, though, when Ward went to ground under Jason Pearce’s attention four minutes later for a disputed penalty, which Davies netted from.

Pompey fans remained defiant at full-time, with the players returning to the pitch to salute their fans.

Pearce was named The News/Sports Mail player of the season before the game.

Match report from the Mail

Portsmouth will compete in the third tier of English football for the first time in 30 years after their spell in the npower Championship cameto a disappointing end against Derby.

Luke Varney cancelled out Jake Buxton's first-half opener but Steve Davies converted the winning penalty to deprive Michael Appleton's side of even the smallest consolation at the end of a torrid campaign.

With Bristol City winning at home to Barnsley, Portsmouth's fate was sealed anyway, but their disappointment will have been compounded by their failure to finish their home campaign on a high.

The game started scrappily, with both sides struggling to retain possession and create any sort of momentum.

It was the visitors who were first to threaten, Jamie Ward finding room to fire off a shot from inside the box but Jason Pearce was on hand to block it behind for a corner which Ward wasted.

The Rams pressed again and Theo Robinson's strike produced a routine save from Jamie Ashdown. Pompey's first chance to apply some pressure came to nothing when Greg Halford fouled Frank Fielding as Scott Allan whipped in a corner.

Allan then had a go himself with an ambitious 30-yard strike which was diverted off course by Jeff Hendrick. Frank Fielding was finally called into meaningful action on the half-hour mark, scrambling across goal to tip Joel Ward's effort wide.

Derby were soon back on the front foot and when Ward swung in a delivery from the right, Buxton was unmarked to head home from close range.

Dave Kitson's frustration was evident and hewas booked for kicking out at the lively Ward on the stroke of half-time.

Fellow striker Varney mounted a more constructive response tothe setback with a 20-yard shot which Fielding did well to hold onto.

Manager Nigel Clough was forced into a change at the break as the injured Fielding was replaced by Adam Legzdins, whose last appearance for Derby came back in September in the 3-0 win over Millwall.


PHOTO: Down and out: Portsmouth's David Norris reacts

Legzdins first task was to keep out Varney's shot from outside the area and he was equal to the challenge.

The two had a more bruising encounter moments later as Varney caught the goalkeeper in an attempt to get to a loose ball, leaving the former Birmingham trainee requiring a bandage on his head.

With news of the Robins' progress at Ashton Gate filtering through, the home fans tried manfully to rally their side but Ashley Harris' long-range drive never looked likely to threaten as it drifted wide.

Harris limped off soon after with Marko Futacs, scorer of the winning goal in the dramatic 4-3 victory over Doncaster, coming on to replace him.

Allan then fizzed a shot against the crossbar following a powerful run before Portsmouth finally got their reward with 16 minutes to play.

Futacs slipped in Varney and he coolly slotted past the substitute goalkeeper as their personal duel continued.

The hosts' joy was short-lived as four minute later Ward was brought down by Pearce in the box and despite Davies' spot-kick striking Ashdown's legs it still found its way in.

Derby held on to win their final away fixture of a league campaign for the first time in 10 years, but the overwhelming emotion at Fratton Park was one of dejection as Portsmouth contemplated life in League One next season less than four years after winning the FACup at Wembley.

MATCH FACTS

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Ward, Rocha, Pearce, Rekik, Norris, Halford, Allan, Harris (Futacs 60), Kitson, Varney. Subs Not Used: Mokoena, Etuhu, Magri, Webster.

Booked: Kitson, Varney, Pearce.

Goals: Varney 74.

Derby: Fielding (Legzdins 46), Brayford, Shackell, Buxton, Roberts, Ward, Bryson, Hendrick,Tyson (Bennett 79), Steve Davies, Robinson (Hughes 6. Subs Not Used: Bailey, Carroll.

Booked: Steve Davies.

Goals: Buxton 41,Steve Davies 78 pen.

Att: 17,707

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield)  

From the Derby Telegraph

Portsmouth will compete in the third tier of English football for the first time in 30 years after their spell in the npower Championship came to a disappointing end with a 2-1 defeat against Derby.

Luke Varney cancelled out Jake Buxton's first-half opener but Steve Davies converted the winning penalty to deprive Michael Appleton's side of even the smallest consolation at the end of a torrid campaign.

With Bristol City winning at home to Barnsley, Portsmouth's fate was sealed anyway, but their disappointment will have been compounded by their failure to finish their home campaign on a high.

The game started scrappily, with both sides struggling to retain possession and create any sort of momentum. It was the visitors who were first to threaten, Jamie Ward finding room to fire off a shot from inside the box but Jason Pearce was on hand to block it behind for a corner which Ward wasted.

The Rams pressed again and Theo Robinson's strike produced a routine save from Jamie Ashdown.

Pompey's first chance to apply some pressure came to nothing when Greg Halford fouled Frank Fielding as Scott Allan whipped in a corner.

Allan then had a go himself with an ambitious 30-yard strike which was diverted off course by Jeff Hendrick.

Frank Fielding was finally called into meaningful action on the half-hour mark, scrambling across goal to tip Joel Ward's effort wide.

Derby were soon back on the front foot and when Ward swung in a delivery from the right, Buxton was unmarked to head home from close range.

Dave Kitson's frustration was evident and he was booked for kicking out at the lively Ward on the stroke of half-time. Fellow striker Varney mounted a more constructive response to the setback with a 20-yard shot which Fielding did well to hold onto.

Manager Nigel Clough was forced into a change at the break as the injured Fielding was replaced by Adam Legzdins, whose last appearance for Derby came back in September in the 3-0 win over Millwall.

Legzdins first task was to keep out Varney's shot from outside the area and he was equal to the challenge. The two had a more bruising encounter moments later as Varney caught the goalkeeper in an attempt to get to a loose ball, leaving the former Birmingham trainee requiring a bandage on his head.

With news of the Robins' progress at Ashton Gate filtering through, the home fans tried manfully to rally their side but Ashley Harris' long-range drive never looked likely to threaten as it drifted wide.

Harris limped off soon after with Marko Futacs, scorer of the winning goal in the dramatic 4-3 victory over Doncaster, coming on to replace him.

Allan then fizzed a shot against the crossbar following a powerful run before Portsmouth finally got their reward with 16 minutes to play.

Futacs slipped in Varney and he coolly slotted past the substitute goalkeeper as their personal duel continued.

The hosts' joy was short-lived as four minute later Ward was brought down by Pearce in the box and despite Davies' spot-kick striking Ashdown's legs it still found its way in.

Derby held on to win their final away fixture of a league campaign for the first time in 10 years, but the overwhelming emotion at Fratton Park was one of dejection as Portsmouth contemplated life in League One next season less than four years after winning the FA Cup at Wembley.

Published in the News on Saturday 21 April 2012 18:30


Greg Halford shows his despair after Pompey concede the opener to Derby Picture: Steve Reid

Michael Appleton faced up to relegation and insisted: Now I want the chance to rebuild.

The Pompey boss believes his men can take pride from their 10 point deduction for going into administration being the key factor in their fall into League One.

That drop in division was confirmed today following the 2-1 loss to Derby at Fratton Park.

Appleton thought his team had enough chances to get a result from the game.

But today’s outcome pales into insignificance compared to the bigger picture.

Appleton said: 'We did enough to not lose it looking at the chances

'We had clear opportunities.

'It was a controversial way to lose the game.

'It looked very, very soft.

'He shouldn’t have even been in that position in the first place. We probably deserved to concede it.

'I expected Bristol City to take care of Barnsley.

'Now we have to finish the season off as best we can.

'If we didn’t lose the 10 points we wouldn’t have gone down. That’s important to pride.

'Now we have to rebuild for next season.’


Match Previews

This is another must win game for Pompey and they have to hope Bristol City lose.

Chris Maguire will be unavailable to play against his parent club Derby.


Chris Maguire was outstanding against Crystal Palace.. Playing out of position on the right-side of midfield, his pace and work rate was phenomenal. He is going to be a huge miss on Saturday.

Report from the News Thursday 19 April 2012

Michael Appleton has challenged his Pompey squad to cope with the Derby absence of Chris Maguire.

The on-loan Rams striker is unable to play when his parent club visit Fratton Park on Saturday.

It leaves a gaping hole in the Blues’ attacking capabilities for another must-win encounter in their bid to remain in the Championship.

Maguire has been a revelation since his joining on an emergency loan in March, scoring three goals in 10 matches.

Ashley Harris, Marko Futacs and Luca Scapuzzi are possible replacements, while Kelvin Etuhu may return following a family bereavement.

In addition, Dave Kitson could partner Luke Varney in a front two.

Regardless, Appleton is looking for one of his fringe players to successfully step into the breach.

He said: ‘Not having Chris against Derby is going to be a big, big disappointment for us because I thought he was outstanding against Palace.

‘In the first half he was superb, getting the ball in wide areas and cutting in.

‘It is going to be a big loss but an opportunity for one of the other players.

‘I thought young Ash (Harris) came on and looked as though he had been in there for the last two to three years really.

‘He was calm, collected, showed a cool head, got on the ball and wanted the ball.

‘Kits has also responded well from the chats we have had over the last few weeks and put a right shift in against Palace.

‘As for Kelvin, he had a family bereavement over the weekend and I’ve given him a few days to be with his family.

‘I will be in contact with him over the next 24-48 hours and if his mind is in the right place and he is ready to be involved on Saturday then he will be involved. But family comes first.’

Match Preview from the Pompey Pages

Portsmouth’s Championship status relies on Barnsley on Saturday as a win against Derby County for the Blues wouldn’t be enough to keep them going until the last game of the season if Bristol City beat Barnsley.

Barnsley, who have only won one of their last 13 games and have only won away four times this season, need to take points off Bristol City in order to help Pompey secure Championship status on the final day of the season, providing Pompey beat Derby at home.

It’s a tough task on hand. Derby are a side on form, although can’t make the play-off places so have nothing to play for. Barnsley, on the other hand, have secured Championship football already next season, but are down at the foot of the table with Pompey and Bristol City.

Only five points separates Pompey and Bristol City, and with Pompey’s superior goal difference, only a Pompey win is good enough on Saturday to leave all to play for on the final day of the season.

Chris Maguire will be ineligible to play due to Derby being his parent club, whilst Bristol City will be facing Barnsley on a run of form – having not lost in six games.

I’ve got to be honest – if I wanted our Championship status to rely on any team winning on Saturday, I really wouldn’t want it to be Barnsley.

Former Pompey loanee, David Cotterill, who enjoyed a loan period at Fratton Park during the tail-end of last season, will be lining up for Barnsley, having netted his first goal for the Tykes last month.

In an ideal world I’d like to see David James back in the Bristol City side after being dropped, and then Jamo making one of his signature calamity moments and Cotterill sticking the ball in the back of the net, whilst at Fratton Park, the Blues comfortably take all three points – but will it happen?

One thing is for sure, it’s never dull being a Pompey fan!


Pompey v Derby PREVIEW Posted by kyle whitworth ⋅ April 20, 2012 ⋅

Championship survival is once again on the line in what will be the last home fixture of the season at Fratton Park. Michael Appleton’s charges welcome Nigel Clough’s Rams to the South Coast. Pompey will be keen to take care of business and attempt to alter their own fate, but will have one eye on the clash at Ashton Gate. Derby County find themselves in mid-table, seeing the season out and perhaps may have an eye on their summer holidays which Pompey will look to capitalise on.

Team News

Pompey will be without key man Chris Maguire due to the arrangements in his loan-deal, having joined Pompey from Saturday’s visitors. Ashley Harris is pushing for his first Pompey start after impressing against Crystal Palace.

Boss Michael Appleton will give Kelvin Etuhu a late check, after admitting the midfielder was struggling mentally after a recent family bereavement.

Tal Ben-Haim returned to light training this week, but this game is expected to come too soon for him, the Israeli defender may make the final game at Nottingham Forest.

Rams boss Brian Clough will give late fitness tests to Jamie Ward (dead leg), defender Tom Naylor (hamstring) and midfielder Ben Davies (hamstring)Midfielder Paul Green will not feature after rejecting a contract offer from the Pride Park outfit, and will leave the club in the summer.

Youngsters Mason Bennett and Will Hughes have been included in Derby County’s squad.

History

Pompey and Derby have met 83 times in the league so far, the Pride Park side having been victorious on 36 occasions compared to 31 wins going to the Blues.

Derby won the reverse fixture in October by three goals to one, a Jason Pearce consolation having followed three first-half goals for the home side.

Derby held the upper hand last year too, winning their home fixture and holding Pompey to a home draw. David Nugent proving to be the hero with a superb injury time volleyed equaliser at Fratton Park.

Pompey fans will be hoping for a repeat scoreline from the 2002/03 winning season, where Yakubu and Todorov bagged a brace apiece to send the Blues to a 6-2 demolition.

Pompey’s home victory over Crystal Palace has lifted them to 22nd position in the Championship table, but their situation remains precarious. Should Bristol City beat Barnsley at Ashton Gate, the result at Fratton Park would be irrelevant. Pompey must win to retain any hope of avoiding the drop. Derby County sit 14th position on 60 points, clear from the relegation scrap and with the play-offs out of reach.

Form

Pompey’s last 5 (league): LDLWW

Derby’s last 5 (league): DDWLD

Line-Up

Possible Pompey line-up: Ashdown; Ward, Pearce, Rocha, Rekik; Halford , Allan,  Norris, Etuhu; Futacs, Varney

Possible Derby line-up: Fielding; Robert, Shackell, Buxton, Naylor; Bryson, Hendrick, Bailey, Tyson; Ward, Robinson

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1 Comment

Reply Pompeyexile
10:29 PM on April 20, 2012 
I fear this is the day we will be relegated... I cannot see Barnsley winning at all. The pressure on Pompey to win may be too much and I see a draw against Derby today (Perhaps 1-1).. Pompey are going to miss Chris Maguire so much...
In fact, our loanees (Chris Maguire, Allan, Rekik have become an integral part of our team.
If relegated today, I fully expect all the loanees to be immediately released back to their respective clubs and for Pompey to give air time to some of the academy players for the remaining games.