Sunday, May 2, 2010

Beautiful Pompey last game 3-1 win over Wolves.

- Dindane 20,
- Utaka 39,
- Brown 67

- Doyle 35

**The only story from a game that meant sweet Football Association unless a supporter of either team was the form of David James, so close to the World Cup.

The 39-year-old's reflexes appear razor sharp on this showing, as was his sense of humour when taking his position in front of the Wolves faithful for the second half.

James had styled his hair for this encounter as if 10,000 watts were being channelled through it, causing the travelling faithful to regale him with: "There's only one Tina Turner"; "Tina for England"; and, finally, "Tina is a Wolves fan", when the keeper finally took up the offer to give them a wave.

It will be his saves, though, particularly in the opening half, that should reach Fabio Capello, the England manager, on the bush telegraph. Fifteen minutes were required for James to open his display, when he was forced to dive to his left to palm away a curving David Jones free-kick.

Moments later Portsmouth had engineered the lead. Michael Brown's free-kick was chipped to an unmarked Aruna Dindane, who ran beyond a slumbering Wolves defence to head past Marcus Hahnemann.

The chances of the FA Cup finalists taking up a Europa League berth next season are, of course, slim, due to the Premier League and FA refusing them a late application.

James, though, is guaranteed the trip to South Africa for the World Cup and by the close of the half he again illustrated why.

First Geoffrey Mujangi Bia drew a sharp close-range save, before the keeper saved superbly from Ronald Zubar and then Kevin Doyle, though the latter did manage to force the ball home.

Wolves' parity lasted just four minutes. To John Utaka's sliding finish, and Brown's 67th-minute strike, Mick McCarthy's insipid team had no reply.


Wolverhampton: Hahnemann, Zubar, Berra, Craddock, Elokobi, Foley, Henry, Mancienne, David Jones, Mujangi Bia, Doyle. Subs: Ikeme, Edwards, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Iwelumo, Milijas, Guedioura

Portsmouth: James, Vanden Borre, Mokoena, Finnan, Sowah, Dindane, Brown, Hughes, Boateng, Utaka, Piquionne. Subs: Ashdown, Mullins, Diop, Smith, Kanu, Ward, Ritchie


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