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Sorry Pompey tharashed by Clarets
Report from the News
By Jordan Cross
Published on Saturday 31 March 2012 17:22
Pompey’s survival hopes were dealt a devastating blow as they were crushed by Burnley.
Michael Appleton’s side went down to a 5-1 thumping to the Clarets at Fratton Park.
That gives them a mountain to climb in their bid to stay in the Championship this season.
Burnley took the lead against the run of play after 16 minutes when Kieran Trippier blasted in Chris McCann’s corner.
The Blues levelled three minutes later when David Norris rifled in Luke Varney’s cross. PHOTO below: Norris congratulated by team mates after scoring the equalizer.
It looked set for Pompey to take control of the game, but Burnley took the lead through Danny Ings’ header two minutes after the restart.
And that paved the way for a total collapse as edginess crept in to the crowd and the home side’s game.
Sub Charlie Austin helped himself to hat-trick after entering the fray.
He looked to handle his opener after 74 minutes, but then grabbed two more in stoppage time.
Jason Pearce played a short backpass to Jamie Ashdown which Austin took advantage of.
Austin then finished a breakaway with a tap in as the Clarets got their first win in seven in the most emphatic style.
Pompey are now five points from safety with six games left.
Starting line-up Pompey
1 Jamie Ashdown
2 Joel Ward (Etuhu 69)
5 Jason Pearce
15 Greg Halford
26 Tal Ben Haim I
23 Karim Rekik
19 David Norris
16 Scott Allan (Futacs 69)
20 George Thorne (Scapuzzi 81)
11 Luke Varney
22 Chris Maguire
Substitutes 14 Kelvin Etuhu (Ward 69)
3 Ricardo Rocha
24 Luca Scapuzzi (Thorne 81)
17 Ashley Harris
9 Marko Futacs (Allan 69)
Starting line-up Burnley
1 Lee Grant
4 Michael Duff
2 Kieran Trippier
15 David Edgar
36 Ben Mee (McQuoid 71)
20 Marvin Bartley
8 Dean Marney
7 Ross Wallace
6 Chris McCann
10 Martin Paterson (Austin 52)
14 Danny Ings (Stanislas 90+4)
Substitutes 23 Charlie Austin (Paterson 52)
19 Josh McQuoid (Mee 71)
11 Junior Stanislas (Ings 90+4)
32 Cameron Howieson
12 Brian Jensen
56.2% Possession 43.8%
9 Goal Attempts 10
2 On Target 7
7 Off Target 3
0 Hit Woodwork 0
9 Corners 3
3 Offsides 2
13 Fouls 8
Stuart Attwell 15,739
Portsmouth cards shown
78 mins Chris Maguire Unsporting behaviour
78 mins Marko Futacs Unsporting behaviour
84 mins David Norris Unsporting behaviour
Burnley cards shown
60 mins Lee Grant Timewasting
78 mins Dean Marney Unsporting behaviour
90+4 mins Charlie Austin Unsporting behaviour
Match report from VitalPompey
Portsmouth 1-5 Burnley
Prior to Pompey's must win game against Burnley I mentioned that we must be very wary of two things, fatigue and complacency. On a day which could have rallied our season into thrilling last month, those two defects came back to haunt us and possibly deliver the final nail into our brief Championship tenure.
Pompey's team was unchanged from Tuesday's victory over Hull, with Karim Rekik keeping his place ahead of Ricardo Rocha after his impressive performance in midweek. For Burnley, top scorer Jay Rodriguez was unable to shake off a groin strain in time, with Pompey's summer target Martin Paterson keeping his place.
The game started in similar fashion to Tuesday's game, with Portsmouth looking very comfortable and moving the ball around well. The Blues had a period of pressure winning a succession of corners but were unable to capitalise.
Despite the Pompey pressure, the opening goal came against the run of play, when Burnley's first corner of the game saw them pull off a well rehearsed routine, with Dean Marney dragging the ball across the face of the box to Kieran Trippier, whose low drive passed through a body of players and Jamie Ashdown to give the visitors an undeserved lead.
Their lead only lasted 3 minutes however as a neat ball from Thorne found Varney who powered past his man into the box before pulling back to Norris who struck the ball into the top corner from close range, to score against Burnley for the second time this season.
As the half progressed it was the hosts who continued to look the more dangerous, and nearly took the lead 5 minutes before the break, but Burnley goalscorer Trippier made the vital clearance after Allan's crossed was heading for Maguire.
The Clarets almost took an unlikely lead in the dying embers of the half, but Jamie Ashdown was equal to Ben Mee's shot which took a heavy deflection off Thorne, which ensured the teams went in with a goal apiece.
If conceding a goal before halftime would have been a hammer blow, Danny Ings made sure Eddie Howe's half time team talk had hit home, as within 90 seconds of the restart they had retaken the lead after heading home from David Edgar's cross.
Pompey nearly responded instantly again, as a corner swung in from Scott Allen fell for Norris, who nearly got his second of the game, but fired high and wide, among protestations that he was upended.
As the half progressed Pompey grew increasingly impatient and the game opened up with Burnley slowing the pace down well. Michael Appleton responded halfway through the half by taking off Ward and Allen and bringing on Marco Futacs and Kelvin Etuhu.
The change almost paid off instantly as Etuhu stormed down the wing and beat his man to deliver a perfect cross for Luke Varney, whose header flashed inches wide of the post.
That missed proved to be very costly in Portsmouth's season, as within a minute Burnley had doubled their lead, with Charlie Austin taking advantage of static defending, sliding the ball past Ashdown from close range.
Burnley's third goal took all the sting out of a tired looking Pompey, and suddenly they seemed incapable of moving the ball around. After such a promising first half Pompey were undone by a second half that started bad and got progressively worse.
Things got even worse in stoppage time, with Charlie Austin scoring another two goals as Pompey totally switched off, first scoring after a mistake from Jason Pearce and then finding space to fire high past Ashdown after a ball from Josh McQuoid.
Inquests will go on as to why we lost his game so convincingly after looking so strong in the first half. No doubt fatigue will be the primary excuse but it is important that this defeat is put well behind us.
With 6 games to go, the gap is now 5 points to safety, and Pompey will need an extra-special miracle to overcome that gap. What better place to start that miracle than St. Mary's?
Not many that impressed today, especially in a second half where we didn't seem to leave the dressing room. Tough choice but I have to pick someone so I'll go for George Thorne, who was consistently reliable on the ball and seemed to be involved in every good move during our more impressive spells in the first half
Pompey 1 Burnley 5: A VIEW FROM THE STANDS
Posted by Pompey Pages ⋅ April 1, 2012 ⋅By Tom Clark
Again, another game dubbed as a ‘six-pointer’ and after a strong performance during the week, we were in a position to come out of the relegation zone with a win on Satuday. It was a similar kind of expectancy following the win against Birmingham last week and heading in to the game against Coventry, but we just fell apart.
The first 10-minutes of the game were pretty even with nobody having any sustained possession.
Around the 11th minute mark, Ben Mee headed Ross Wallace’s free kick over the bar, this was the first real chance of the game, gifted to the visitors. Moments later the Blues took their first opportunity of the game as Scott Allan delivered three poor quality corner kicks and the last one was cleared up to the half-way line where an under pressure Karim Rekik played the ball back towards Jamie Ashdown with Ashdown deciding to let it go for a corner.
It wasn’t long before the visitors took the lead though, Dean Marney hitting a free-kick to the edge of the boxm where Kieran Trippier smashed the ball into the bottom corner to put Burnley 1-0 up.
Pompey responded well and the Blues fans only had to wait a mere two minutes before hitting Burnley on the counter attack with Luke Varney pulling a ball back for David Norris to slam the ball past Lee Grant and get Pompey back to 1-1.
Pompey had two more chances towards the end of the first-half, one was a three-on-two situation when Scott Allan decided to shoot from outside the box instead of squaring the ball to one of his team mates and the chance had gone. The other chance was even better with Tal Ben-Haim, Varney and Chris Maguire attacking against one defender only for Ben-Haim to slow the play down and win a corner.
We were lucky not to go in to the half-time break a goal down as well, as Ben Mee’s shot took a wicked deflection and was only just tipped over the bar by Ashdown to keep the scores tied going into half-time.
HALF-TIME: Portsmouth 1 Burnley 1
The Pompey team might as well not bothered to come out again after half-time and to be quite honest I’m not sure they did come out after the break. They played the worst any Pompey team has played at home for a long time so long in fact that I cannot remember it. We just fell apart!
Two minutes in to the first half, and Danny Ings headed Burnley back into the lead when nobody bothered to close down the cross and Ings headed in from inside the penalty area. After that Pompey had one of the few chances they had in the whole half when Norris had a shot that went over the bar.
The defining moment of the game was when Eddie Howe brought Charlie Austin off the bench to replace the injured Martin Patterson – both strikers having been linked with moves to Fratton Park in the past.
Pompey had their only other chance in the half when a Kelvin Etuhu cross found it’s way to Varney only for the former Blackpool man to put his effort wide of the goal. Soon after that chance Charlie Austin scored the first of his goals to ensure the three points for Burnley when he managed to beat Ashdown from close range.
The fourth official put up 6-minutes of injury time and that ruined Pompey with two late goals to give Austin a second-half hat-trick. The first, Jason Pearce played a weak back pass to Ashdown – Austin beating Ashdown to the ball before running it around him and slotting it in the net. In the final minute of injury-time Austin scored his third goal when he received a chance and smashed a shot past Ashdown at the end of a decent counter attack.
There were a number of rumours following the match that Luke Varney swore at the fans after receiving a bit of abuse after fluffing an opportunity. Unfortunately I didn’t see the incident myself, however there seems to be mixed rumours – some people are saying he told fans to f*ck off, whilst others are saying he told fans to calm down. I sincerely hope it was just the latter, because if it was the first, then he should be shipped out of the club asap! No room for that attitude during a relegation fight!
A shocking second-half display and you can’t help thinking there’s only so many chances we can fail to take to try and lift ourselves out of the relegation zone. For me, it seems a little too late now, going in to a massive game next Saturday against the Scummers, even a win at St Fairies may be a little too late.