Boateng hails spot prize
Kevin-Prince Boateng admits he will never tire of watching his spot-kick that booked Portsmouth an FA Cup final place.
Last Updated: 12/04/10 8:59am
Portsmouth's penalty hero Kevin-Prince Boateng admits he will never tire of watching his spot-kick that booked an FA Cup final date for the beleaguered South Coast outfit.
Boateng was a model of composure in the final minutes of Portsmouth's epic 2-0 defeat of former club Tottenham, slotting home a penalty to end Spurs' hope of a late comeback after Frederic Piquionne had broken the deadlock in extra-time.
Boateng, who started just 10 games in a torrid two-year spell at Spurs, admits he will relish watching the moment he held his nerve to stroke the ball past Heurelho Gomes for years to come.
"It was the most important goal of my career," the midfielder said.
"I have a lot of friends who will have recorded the match so I will watch it tonight and then again tomorrow, I'll never get bored of watching it go in.
"There were so many emotions that came up when I went to take that penalty that it was unbelievable. I didn't have much luck when I was at Tottenham so that also made it a little bit more special.
"It was the second best feeling of my life after my son being born. It was the perfect day for me."
Portsmouth's win, which came against the club's old boss Harry Redknapp, set up a final date with Premier League leaders Chelsea next month.
Last month Carlo Ancelotti's men tore Portsmouth apart 5-0 at Fratton Park but Boateng insists his side can still pull off a shock when the two sides meet at Wembley on 15th May.
"I can promise you that we won't be beaten 5-0 again," said the 23-year-old.
"We won't be the same team when we go out there. It's a big game, we'll stick together and focus and they won't beat us 5-0.
"It'll be a full house again and if we have the supporters behind us again like they were today in the final then it'll be 50/50. It's a cup final and we can win it."
Boateng had been sidelined with an ankle injury for two months before the game and he saluted his boss Avram Grant for providing him with the inspiration to get through the 120 minutes of play.
"I have no idea how I managed to get through today," Boateng admitted. "I think I just had the confidence in my head because the gaffer was behind me. He told me I could do it.
"He asked me if I was okay after 90 minutes and I said I was, so he
replied: "Okay, now I want to see you do more".
"That's what he's like. He always wants to see more and that's what made me believe I could make it."