Niko Scored his First Goal For Portsmouth!
Posted March 31, 2007on:
A deflected injury-time goal by Ian Pearce – his first for the club – gave Fulham a 1-1 draw at home to Portsmouth. Niko Kranjcar had put Pompey ahead in the first half with a spectacular goal but incessant Fulham pressure paid-off despite David James’ heroics in the Portsmouth goal.
An excellent first half saw both sides create chances and David James the busier of the two keepers, saving well from Tomasz Radzinski, Michael Brown and Franck Quedrue.
But Pompey took a fourth minute lead through an excellent curling, right-footed
effort from Krancjar who had cut in from the left to the edge of the box after meeting
a Kanu flick-on. It was a super effort that curled past the helpless Antti Niemi into the
Fulham bit back though, the aforementioned saves from James keeping the South
Coast club in the game while Brian McBride wasted a good opportunity from a free-kick
and several good defensive headers and blocks from veteran defensive duo Sol Campbell
and Linvoy Primus kept the Cottagers at bay.
The second half saw Fulham continue their assault, McBride forcing a save from James
just after the break and the same man missing a glorious chance when James totally missed
a cross, while Primus did well to get in front of the American after excellent work from
Simon Davies and Liam Rosenior seemed to have created the opening for the Cottagers.
Whites boss Chris Coleman made three brave tactical chances during the ten minute period
before and after the hour mark, bringing on Wayne Routledge, Vincenzo Montella and
Collins John for Radzinski, McBride and Papa Bouba Diop. However, while Montella
looked lively with a couple of chances and Alexiy Smertin forced another superb stop
from James, Pompey themselves starting to make opportunities with Benjani and sub
Svetoslav Todorov calling Antti Niemi into action.
But Coleman’s move ultimately paid-off, Smertin with another weaving run laying
the ball off to Pearce, who grabbed an unlikely goal and a deserved point with a low
deflected shot from the edge of the box. The result keeps Fulham in 14th on 35 points,
five above 18th-placed Charlton, while Pompey stay ninth.
HERE IS A VIDEO OF KRANJCARS GOAL
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