Premier League

December 21, 2003



3 - 0


Premier League

12:30 +00:00, December 21, 2003

St. Mary's Stadium, England

Referee: J Winter

  • 90'

    Southampton's days of struggling to score would now appear behind them, and with the backline remaining as strong as ever who's to say they can't hold on to the fourth spot they currently occupy?

  • 90'

    Pompey are in real trouble if this is anything to go by. They look ripe for the picking at the back, and hesitant going forward

  • 90'

    And that's the last action of the game, full-time

  • 90'

    Beattie stooped at the near post to head past a helpless Wapenaar. Game, set and very much match

  • 90'


  • 90'

    Baird does brilliantly to chase down Stefanovic, he plays it back to Phillips who curls in a cross...

  • 90'

    A final change for Saints at the death. Chris Baird comes on for Chris Marsden

  • 90'

    Roberts works space for himself and tries a shot from inside the D, but his effort goes way, way wide

  • 90'

    Two minutes to be added on

  • 90'

    It's Beattie who strikes it and it drifts inches wide of Wapenaar's left-hand post. So close to a third for the Saints

  • 89'

    Zivkovic blocks off McCann and it's a free-kick just outside the box for Saints. A real chance for a shot here

  • 88'

    Yakubu wins a corner. Taylor takes... but it goes straight out of play

  • 87'

    Pompey ahve a bit more life now, but surely they are playing for no more than pride

  • 86'

    Sherwood's attempt to put the ball back into the box is weak, and Niemi controls on his chest - much to the joy of the home support

  • 85'

    Dodd again delivers into the dangerzone, forcing Wapenaar to punch behind. Referee Winter sees an infringment, however, and it's a free-kick to Pompey

  • 84'

    McCann tries, like Pahars, to get between Zivkovic and Smertin and wins the free-kick

  • 83'

    Foxe sends Prutton sprawling, and that sees the centre-back enter the book

  • 82'

    The Southampton fans are in fine voice now as they look certain to take the derby day honours

  • 81'

    Saints make another change, the hardworking Brett Ormerod goes off and on comes former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips

  • 80'

    A first change for Southampton, as Marian Pahars, scorer of that superb second, is replaced by Neil McCann

  • 79'

    Another foul by Sherwood, this time on Beattie, sees him enter the book. Like Schemmel, he is now suspended for the trip to Villa Park.

  • 78'

    Smertin fires in a shot from just outside the box, and Niemi needs two attempts to collect. The effort lacked venom

  • 77'

    Prutton brings the ball forward but gets his cross all wrong and Wapenaar is there

  • 76'

    Portsmouth are looking a beaten side now. They've struggled to break down one of the best defences in the Premiership all afternoon

  • 75'

    Pahars does well to win the corner off Primus. Dodd takes from the left, Stefanovic is there to head clear

  • 74'

    Ormerod tries to get Primus on the byline, only for the ball to rebound back off his shins for a goal-kick

  • 73'

    Sheringham's goal-bound effort is blocked brilliantly by Dodd, and it loops up and into the hands of Niemi

  • 72'

    Sherwood and Zivkovic go for the same ball on the edge of the box, meaning Sherwood's effort is rushed and ends up in row Z

  • 71'

    A great run by Dodd end with a cross into the box for Beattie, who can only head over the bar

  • 70'

    It's a long way back for Portsmouth now. And to make matters worse, Pahars was about to be substituted by manager Gordon Strachan. Not now, however

  • 69'

    Pahars unleashes a superb effort from 20 yards which leaves Wapenaar helpless. The pint-sized striker, so troubled by injuries of late, found the corner with a sublime shot. The creation and the execution were out of the top draw.

  • 68'


  • 68'

    Pahars receives the ball just outside the box and does brilliantly to skip past Smertin and Zivkovic. That gives the Latvian space for the shot...

  • 67'

    Delap floats in the corner but Stefanovic clears

  • 66'

    Pompey are caught napping up the ther end of the field. Higginbotham feeds it in to Prutton inside the box, who gets lucky as his attempted dummy comes back to him off a defender. He turns well but sees his shot deflected behind for a corner

  • 65'

    Taylor's corner is well defended by Lundekvam and Saints can break

  • 64'

    Sheringham blasts it goalwards, but he can only hit the wall and it deflects behind for a corner

  • 63'

    Marsden is penalised for handball just outside the Saints' box. This is a great chance for Pompey

  • 62'

    Foxe was possibly the last man as well, and could have seen red had referee Winter blown up for a foul

  • 61'

    Ormerod is flat out on the floor and needs treatment. The striker has a cut above his eye and was clearly fouled by Foxe - but he looks as though he'll be okay to carry on

  • 60'

    Pahars long ball finds Ormerod. He's bundled to the ground by Foxe but no free-kick is given. That's a shocking decision

  • 59'

    Redknapp changes to a more attacking formation as he looks to get back into this game - but will it leave them more vulnerable at the back?

  • 58'

    A second change for the visitors as Richard Hughes is replaced by Yakubu Ayegbini

  • 57'

    Hughes claims a penalty follwing a push by Svensson, but it's never a spot-kick and referee Winter waves play on

  • 56'

    A defensive mix-up puts Roberts in space on the right, Hughes makes a hash of his shot after latching onto the cross and Saints survive

  • 55'

    Hughes is allowed time to bring it forward. He opts to shoot but there's no pace on his effort and Niemi claims

  • 54'

    Portsmouth make their first change, Sebastian Schemmel is replaced by Boris Zivkovic

  • 53'

    Smertin shows great strength and control to hold onto the ball. But the former Russia skipper takes too long on the ball, and eventually Saints win the goal-kick

  • 52'

    That booking rules Schemmel out of the trip to Aston Villa

  • 51'

    The first booking of the day goes to Schemmel for jumping in too strongly on Pahars. It's given for cummulative offences

  • 50'

    Wapenaar has the sun right in his eyes, but he's strangely opting to leave his cap inside his goal

  • 49'

    No sign of the rain that affected Molineux and St Andrews yesterday. It's a bright sunny day on the south coast

  • 48'

    Stefanovic's free-kick is aimed to the impressive Roberts, but the long-ball has too much pace and Niemi collects

  • 47'

    It's a scrappy start to the second period, neither side putting their foot on the ball

  • 46'

    Pompey get the second period underway

  • 45'

    It's been a tight game, with little in the way of goalmouth chances, and Southampton needed a bizarre goal from Jason Dodd to take the advantage.

  • 45'

    And there goes the half-time whistle

  • 45'

    Putton's snap shot from 25 yards fizzes just over the crossbar

  • 45'

    One minute to be added on

  • 45'

    Primus tries a shot from inside the D, but only hits Stefanovic

  • 44'

    Roberts wins another corner for Portsmouth, the cross comes in from the right from Taylor. It's eventually worked to Stefanovic on the edge of the box - and he fires way over

  • 43'

    Ole! Saints fans enjoy the players passing the ball around in midfield

  • 42'

    Pompey move forward now, and Prutton puts it behnid for a corner. Taylor delivers but fails to find a blue shirt

  • 41'

    Dodd goes over to the right, Wapenaar flaps and eventually Pompey clear their lines. They're under the cosh now

  • 40'

    Dodd steps up on the left once more and Stefanovic has to head behind

  • 39'

    Marsden feed in Higginbotham on the left and he wins the corner

  • 38'

    Ormerod battles well on the left to get his cross in, Foxe heads to safety

  • 37'

    Beattie is felled by Sherwood, yet another free-kick to Saints

  • 36'

    Jason Dodd has been superb from set-pieces all afternoon, but no-one can have expected him to score in such a bizarre manner. Harry Redknapp will be furious

  • 35'

    Dodds inswinging corner goes to the back post and curls straight in! Schemmel was on the post, but his attempt to keep it out was poor - his jump was lazy and the ball ended up in the back of the net! First blood to the home side

  • 34'


  • 34'

    Dodd delivers from the left this time

  • 33'

    Another free-kick for Saints. Dodds drifts one in from the left and Stefanovic heads behind for a corner

  • 32'

    Neither keeper has had a save to make as yet. It's a cagey affair, but one goal could change all that

  • 31'

    Hughes' cross towards Sheringham in the box is too deep and Saints clean up

  • 30'

    Saints break. It's Prutton on the ball, he had Ormerod to his left and opts to push on - and loses the ball

  • 29'

    Sherwood floats it in but Marsden is strong to head clear

  • 28'

    Handball against Lundekvam, and an ironic cheer goes up from the Pompey fans as they finally get a free-kick

  • 27'

    Pompey are defending resolutely, making it hard for Saints to break then down, and are then looking to play on the break

  • 26'

    The ball pings around the Southampton box. Taylor sees a shot blocks and so does Roberts before Niemi gleefully mops up

  • 25'

    Pahars tries an effort from 30 yards - which finds row Z

  • 24'

    Putton picks up the loose ball and deliver to Ormerod on the back stick, whose header only hits a defender and Pompey clear

  • 23'

    Ormerod's cross fails to find a man after he did brilliantly to hold up the ball and beat his man

  • 22'

    Pompey's fans are irate after Taylor is denied a corner, but it's the correct decision

  • 21'

    Marsden catches Sherwood with a high boot, just a free-kick

  • 20'

    Roberts does well to turn on the edge of the box, only to see his shot blocked by a defender

  • 19'

    Stefanovic does well to beat Beattie to the ball as he looked to latch onto Marsden's knock on

  • 18'

    Lundekvam gets onto the end of Dodd's deliver but can't keep his header down. Another warning shot for Pompey

  • 17'

    Stefanovic clatters into the back of Ormerod, giving Saints another chance to get it into the box

  • 16'

    Roberts does well in the Southampton box - only for clever defending from Marsden to win a free-kick for the home side

  • 15'

    Putton's header back towards his own goal is latched on to by Roberts - but the flag goes up for offside! It was a Saints man who played it on - ludicrous decision.

  • 14'

    Dodd floats it in to Svensson on the back stick, and he just fails to get on the end of it. Svensson goes to the floor under Foxe's challenge, but it's never a penalty

  • 13'

    Primus pushes Ormerod to the floor ten yards outside the box, a chance here for Saints

  • 12'

    Schemmel catches Prutton late, another free-kick but no card

  • 11'

    It's gone a bit scrappy now, Pompey are up for this big derby clash

  • 10'

    Taylor tries a shot from 25 yards out, but he drags it well wide

  • 9'

    Another free-kick for a foul by Foxe on Prutton

  • 8'

    Again it's Dodd to float one in from the right, but againit comes to nothing

  • 7'

    Putton plays in the free-kick and Stefanovic gets there just before the onrushing Svensson. Corner

  • 6'

    Now Sherwood catches Marsden very late. Referee Winter has words with the midfielder and he's lucky to get away without the booking

  • 5'

    Smertin brings down Higginbotham, free-kick

  • 4'

    Dodd floats it in and the ball smacks into the face of Higginbotham - he needs a bit of treatment

  • 3'

    Ormerod plays in Beattie down the right flank, and the England striker wins a corner off Foxe

  • 2'

    Southampton are on the front foot early doors, Primus wins a free-kick from Ormerod

  • 1'

    Southampton get us underway


    Southampton manager Gordon Strachan names Kevin Phillips as a substitute after the striker missed Tuesday's 1-0 Carling Cup defeat at Bolton with a virus. Key players Claus Lundekvam and James Beattie have recovered from ankle knocks to take their places


    Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp hands Harald Wapenaar his chance in goal. Redknapp opts for the Dutchman in goal and leaves Pavel Srnicek on the bench


    The south coast rivals are re-acquainted in the top flight. How will it pan out? Join us from 12.30 GMT