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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
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
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
Attendance 31,743 (3034 Pompey fans)
2 Videos below..
Chris Maguire and David Norris's goals against Southampton VIDEOS
Prior Match preview
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
Pompey are entrenched in the relegation zone, needing to string results together to make a push for safety. However, there should be no greater motivation than a derby battle.
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
Michael Appleton admitted to mixed emotions after seeing Pompey snatch an incredible last-gasp 2-2 draw at Southampton, just moments after thinking they had been sent spinning to late defeat.
The Blues boss saw Billy Sharp net what appeared to be a controversial late winner with his second goal of the game, only for David Norris to crack home a sweet stoppage-time volley for a share of the spoils.
Chris Maguire had earlier cancelled out Sharp’s opener with a superb drive from an acute angle to send the teams into half-time at 1-1.
But in an absorbing contest, Pompey hit back to send their supporters home with huge grins on their faces.
Appleton said: ‘I’ve got mixed emotions after that.
‘I was happy, relieved, frustrated. It was a bit of a mixture of all sorts of things after a game like that.
‘I would have been very frustrated if we hadn’t come away with at least a point so I suppose you’ve got to be happy that we’ve come back for a second time in the 93rd minute to get something from the game.
‘It was a concern that we’d lost the game that late. It was a case of “have we got enough in the bag to come back?” - expecially after what happened to us last week.
‘The biggest thing I asked the players was to deal with disappointment. We didn’t do that last week against Burnley but we did it twice this week.
‘All credit to the players for showing that spirit and desire to get something from the game when we thought we had been robbed.’
Asked about the Southampton late goal, Appleton said: ‘I was fuming at the time of the decision, but I saw the replay and saw it came off Luke Varney’s head so the referee got it spot on.
‘It was hard to take, but then Chuck came up with a brilliant strike.
‘It could be a vital point looking towards the rest of the season and it could give us that momentum we need.’
Personally, I was very happy to get a draw as I expected a defeat. However, our chances of staying up are pretty small now. Bristol City and Coventry are 6 points clear and we would have to overhaul both. I had visions of us having to beat Forest in the last game to stay up..but don't think we will be in that position now.