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Portsmouth have set up an FA Cup final with Chelsea after upsetting the odds and securing an improbable 2-0 extra-time success over Tottenham.
Spurs were expected to put under-strength and relegated Pompey to the sword at Wembley, but Frederic Piquionne's 99th minute opener and Kevin-Prince Boateng's penalty secured a remarkable win.
High-flying Tottenham started the game on the front foot, although Pompey always posed a danger to Harry Redknapp's side on the counter-attack.
French striker Piquionne was looking lively for the south coast side, however, his shots were often easily gathered by Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes.
Tom Huddlestone was pulling the strings for Spurs and his cross was met by Peter Crouch before his long-range toe-poke was acrobatically tipped over by David James.
Spurs continued to dictate the pace in the second half although their inability to find the back of the net saw Roman Pavlyuchenko replace Jermain Defoe with an hour played.
The remainder of the second half chances feel to Crouch, but more often than not either James or the impressive Aaron Mokoena and Ricardo Rocha came to the rescue for Avram Grant's side.
The unthinkable happened in the 99th minute when Piquionne was Johnny on the spot to stab home from close range after Dawson slipped following Marc Wilson's free-kick.
Grant's charges could and should have netted a crucial second, although John Utaka's through-ball was hopeless for Aruna Dindane in a two-on-one counter-attack.
With Spurs continuing to press, the game was finally up when Boateng converted from the penalty spot despite Wilson Palacios appearing to make contact with the ball before bringing down Dindane in the penalty area.
Pompey's main concern has been keeping the club afloat, so Dindane was saved for the semi-final, and he had an early sight of goal when Piquionne sent him through but Dawson, who passed a late fitness test on his Achilles, made a last-ditch tackle.
Piquionne also had an early effort with a powerful run and a shot that was deflected before Brazilian keeper Gomes saved.
Spurs' threat came through Defoe, who was back in the starting XI after a hamstring problem. The England striker, jeered by the Pompey fans, stabbed over the bar under the challenge of Mokoena after Vedran Corluka flicked on David Bentley's corner.
Free-flowing football was made difficult by the surface at Wembley, with the pitch cutting up in areas and players slipping over, in Steve Finnan's case just 12 seconds after kick-off.
Set pieces were an obvious tactic to employ, with Piquionne finding himself unmarked from a corner but failing to get power on his shot. Boateng also fired a free-kick just wide of Gomes' post.
At the other end, James was called into action when Tom Huddlestone crossed and Crouch climbed above his marker to get a header on target.
The first clear-cut chance came when Hassan Yebda slid Piquionne through and Gomes used his legs to save the Frenchman's finish - Pompey had the better of the first half and they sensed an upset.
Just after the interval, however, Defoe had sight of goal from close range and his finish was bravely blocked by Rocha.
Pompey continued to attack, Dindane scampered past Gareth Bale and his chipped cross found Piquionne with just Gomes to beat but his header went straight at the Brazilian.
Redknapp's response was to bring on Pavlyuchenko for Defoe just before the hour mark, with Pompey fans taunting the striker on his walk to the bench.
That came just before Spurs had a shout for a penalty turned down when the ball struck Finnan's hand.
Crouch had the next chance, heading wide from a Bentley corner after James had flapped at the set piece, then he went over from close range from Bale's cross.
Mokoena had put Crouch off, then the Pompey defender almost scored an own goal when he tried to clear Corluka's cross but he managed to clear off his own line.
In an end-to-end finale to the 90 minutes, Crouch hit the post when he got his head on Bale's deep cross and Corluka had an effort cleared off the line.
Piquionne's goal came nine minutes into extra-time when Wilson's free-kick was met by Boateng. Dawson slipped at the crucial moment and Piquionne tucked his finish away through Gomes' legs.
Crouch hit the post and had a goal disallowed as Pompey held on, with Boateng adding to the scoreline when Wilson Palacios brought down Dindane.
|Tottenham Hotspur||Team Statistics||Portsmouth|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|9||Shots on Target||7|
|18||Shots off Target||6|
Crouch having a little chickle to himseld when he missed a very good chance towards the end of the 90 summed this one up for me......Spurs thought they only had to turn up to win (something Chelsea have been guilty of in the past too) and their dcomplacency came back to haunt them! I'm really looking forward to the final, and trying to be as objective as any fan can be, I think that if Pompey win I won't be overly disppointed, especially if we've got the League in the bag...I know a double would go a long way to shutting up that deluded lot from WHL (as if anything could) and I want us to win of course, but if any set of fans deserve another cup it's their lot......they are superb!
Posted 14:39 12th April 2010
Was an excellent match, and if we set our minds to it, we might be able to pull off the upset of the century.
Posted 14:39 12th April 2010
First of all well done to Portsmouth! Good luck in the final! But dont think because of you making the final in the F.A that you will walk the Champiionship! Every relegated team thinks so and thats not always the case!
Posted 14:18 12th April 2010
Harry you muppet, please stop blaming the pitch for the disgraceful performance by our players.... The fact is we are just not good enough.... Not one player played with any pride or showed any passion to try and win the game yesterday... Well done pompy for a spirited performance as you were better than us in every department.... All the best for the final and a speedy return to the prem.....
Posted 10:07 12th April 2010
Portsmouth till we die through thick and thin. So proud of the lads who put in such a fantastic performance on the 'Harry Redknapp show '
Posted 09:53 12th April 2010
What a story! Relegated and now in the Final! Good players sold off, many to the beaten team. Cup winning manager beaten by the "dregs" of his previous bakrupting team. There is poetry and justice in this win, never mind the final this took the biscuit!
Posted 09:48 12th April 2010
Well done Pompey and good luck in the final - you will need a lot of it! Sadly, I can't see Spurs recovering from the psychological damage quickly enough to make fourth place in the Premiership. None of the last five or six managers have been able to sort that one out! Time to appoint Paul McKenna to the board? Failing that, he has a book entitled 'Change your life in 7 days..." - I'm sure they'd get a discount for a bulk order. On the referee front - let's face it thay all make mistakes, some of which are more crucial than others. I do not accept the theory that these errors for and against teams balance out over a season. Even if they do - we're still out of the cup and a video replay would have sorted out the errors in ten seconds flat. Unfortunately, whilst Blatter and all the other dinosaurs are still in power video technology will remain unused. Perhaps THEY should be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. At least we can vote in a few weeks to get rid of, if we wish, the current government. No such democracy exists in football. Sad.
Posted 09:47 12th April 2010
Well done Pompey you worked hard to make up the difference in class.Tough game for you in the final especially if Chelsea need to win for the double. I hope the Pompey players can put their contract issues to one side and play their best team possible.I agree with Ian from Newcastle instead of complaining about refs making genuine mistakes the players and managers of all our clubs should stop trying to con and cheat refs into giving them decisions. how many times has a player admitted "he went down easily to win a pen" If the refs felt the players reactions were genuine when challenged they would get more decisions right
Posted 07:54 12th April 2010
Once again Spurs contribute to their own downfall, congratulations to Portsmouth though, battled hard, and I will be routing for them in the final. (although I think Harry should recall O'Hara for our next two games!! :)) I don't know why we are even surprised about the decisions against us, it's been happening whenever Wiley or Webb ref our games. 4 Penalties against us in 2 games? how many of those would have been given against Manu, L'Arse or Chelski? I predicted 6th at the start of the season, and that would still be a good season, considering we were bottom of the league last season, don't forget that. I think we need another season like this before getting into the Champions league, I know it's hard to admit, but Arsenal do play good football, but they got schooled against Barcelona, we're not ready for that.
Posted 07:52 12th April 2010
Not enough mettle showed by Spurs. On the other hand, Pompey proved worthy winners - well done. The pace of the game was slow - hard to believe that this was an English Cup tie.
Posted 07:51 12th April 2010
Spurs performance did not merit a win against Pompey. The pace of the game was slow and it was hard to believe that this was English football. Well done to Pompey for having the determination to win. Hope they put on a great performance against Chelsea in the final. Special mention must go to Jamie O'Hara - he is going to get his chance to play in Wembly, in a cup final - gI'm lad for the boy.
Posted 07:48 12th April 2010
I seem to remember a certain politician by the name of Mellor saying Avram Who ???? on the Chelsea appointment as manager Well Mr Mellor its GRANT Generous Respectful Allegience Naive Tactician
Posted 07:40 12th April 2010
From both of the Pompey fans in Ras Al Khaimah - well done lads. We will be at Wembley to see what I am sure wil be another spirited display from the Blue Army. Bad luck Spurs - no, you weren't helped by the ref, but you also didn't take your chances. Team selection was interesting - Agent Redknapp at work again!!?
Posted 07:23 12th April 2010
Boohoo, the pitch was this, the ref was that! Man up Spurs fans you lost! Pompey had the same ref and the same pitch, they just had a lot more heart. Spurs need to realise that they are not in the big 4/5, whatever you want to call it, and they turned up yesterday thinking it would be a stroll in the park. Well done Pompey, unlucky Harry! Karma is a beautiful thing!
Posted 07:22 12th April 2010
Rich Mayell (Spurs fan) Well done to Pompey, 100% committment in the game. Overall I thought they deserved to win. A definite lack of passion and ideas from Spurs and a questionable starting line up. Should of played Bale as left mid and started with Modric in the centre of the park with palacious - Modric doesnt get on the ball enough out wide. Yes we scored a perfectly good goal and it was never a penalty, but things like that happen if you havent got a grip of the game by the 109th minute. Main worry is that palacious is now banned for the next 2 games - should be able to contest it. To all you sad little Arsenal fans who felt it neccessary to spend time commenting on here, i hope we stuff you on Wedesday, and even if we dont it will be another potless season for you
Posted 04:05 12th April 2010
Well done to Pompey, excellent result for the club. Shows Tottenham that it pays to have a bit more compassion (never forget how Spurs robbed you of Defoe, Crouch and Redknapp, then disallowed O'Hara to play in this match.) Revenge is always sweet. Hope May 15 will produce a final for the ages.
Posted 03:20 12th April 2010
I am so pleased for Avran Grant and Pompey. Chelsea better recognise!!
Posted 02:03 12th April 2010
First of all I would like to say GET IN THERE U BEAUTIES!!! Pompey were absolutely immense today showed the kind of pride & passion that has been lacking from football in recent years, but as for you so called "spurs fans" maybe if you would hve started chirping up during the game instead of sitting in silence for most of the 120 mins listening to the mighty Blue Army sing pretty mch every song for you your players might hve responded, for some1 who was at Wembley today i thought your support was awful and the way your end emptied was a disgrace, man-up and admit that your were extremely poor today and the best team on the day won instead of hiding behind the pathetic refereeing excuses, AVRAM GRANT'S BLUE & WHITE ARMY!!!
Posted 01:27 12th April 2010
We thoroughly deserved it today, but we were of course helped by two very poor decisions - Tottenham's goal was disallowed when the only foul was by our keeper James on Kranjcar, and it was never a penalty. The free-kick that led to our first goal was fine, but it is disgraceful that our showcase stadium has such a shocking pitch that it was a factor in our first goal. Wiley booked our man Dindane and their man Huddlestone, both of whom tried to pull out of their challenges but were scuppered by the slippery pitch. This was obvious to anyone, so it was a really pathetic sight when Wiley waved away their protests. But I will take the luck after the season we have had. Tottenham will come back to Wembley, whereas the Final next month will be our last appearance for many years (unless we get to the Conference play-off final in a few years' time. As long as we keep our club I won't care which league we are in.
Posted 01:19 12th April 2010
Firstly, I want to say it was an amazing game to be at. On the way out of the stadium the Pompey + Spurs fans were walking together and the Spurs fans I spoke to were very gracious and happy for us to win, which was fantastic. Having seen the replay now, both of our goals were dubious, however we have had decisions like these go against us all season, its about time we got some going our way! I think I speak for 99% of the Pompey fans when I say we thought we were going to Wembley for the last time, noone I spoke to expected anything but a thrashing, so to come out winners was nothing short of a relief. It was like a weight had been lifted, we really needed this. Once again I'd like to pay tribute to the Spurs fans, they were amazing sports both before, during and especially after the game, a real tribute to your club. Amazing atmosphere at the game! Pompey till I die!
Posted 00:56 12th April 2010
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