April 20, 2013
Pompey put Blades to the sword
Portsmouth celebrated becoming British football's largest fan-owned club with a resounding 3-0 win over promotion-chasing Sheffield United at Fratton Park.
After a scrappy start by both teams, Pompey took the lead after 21 minutes. Patrick Agyemang sent over a looping cross following good work by Jed Wallace on the right-wing and Shaun Cooper headed powerfully into the bottom left corner of the net.
The home side, whose fans completed a buy-out of the club on Friday night, doubled their lead just three minutes later when Wallace fired a low ball into the six-yard box which David Connolly poked home from point-blank range.
And just after the half-hour Wallace got his name on the score sheet, side-footing home from eight yards out after a fine left-wing run and cross from Connolly.
The Blades, who confirmed their place in the League One play-offs but saw their hopes for automatic promotion end with the defeat, offered little going forward and looked disorganised in defence.
A disallowed Chris Porter header on the stroke of half-time was the closest they came to breaching the Pompey defence.
|13 Simon Eastwood||25 George Long|
|4 Sam Sodje||6 Matthew Hill|
|16 Gabor Gyepes||15 Neill Collins|
|10 Yassin Moutaouakil||4 Danny Higginbotham|
|18 Johannes Ertl||29 Tony McMahon|
|34 D Butler||8 Michael Doyle|
|3 Shaun Cooper||11 Kevin McDonald|
|19 Therry Racon||7 Ryan Flynn|
|35 Jed Wallace||14 Dave Kitson|
|9 David Connolly||9 Chris Porter|
|23 Patrick Agyemang||23 Jamie Murphy|
|1 Phil Smith||Danny Coyne 35|
|22 Adam Webster||Darryl Westlake 2|
|6 Liam Walker||Barry Robson 19|
|24 Nick Awford||Callum McFadzean 26|
|21 Ashley Harrison||Elliott Whitehouse 27|
|20 John Akinde||Jonathan Forte 16|
|31 Jack Maloney||Joe Ironside 24|
|Ashley Harrison for Patrick Agyemang (85)||Barry Robson for Dave Kitson (46)|
|Jack Maloney for Jed Wallace (88)||Jonathan Forte for Ryan Flynn (46)|
|Nick Awford for Johannes Ertl (90)||Darryl Westlake for Tony McMahon (59)|
|Yassin Moutaouakil (57)||Kevin McDonald (63)|
|· Squads: Portsmouth | Sheffield United|