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Match Report: Portsmouth 1-5 Burnley

By Steven
Saturday 31st March 2012
Eddie Howe and his young Burnley team made the long trip south to relegation strugglers Portsmouth searching for their first win in 10 games. And with only three points from a possible 21 the form book didn't look favourable for the Clarets going into the game at Fratton Park.

The Clarets had the majority of the spoils in the first ten minutes of this encounter with efforts from Martin Paterson and Ben Mee.

Pompey did have several opportunities of their own with shots from Greg Halford and Scott Allan respectively.

But in the 15th minute it was Burnley's Kieron Trippier who opened the scoring for the Clarets with a close range effort that went into the bottom right corner of Ashdown's goal.

And only three minutes later Portsmouth levelled the scores with some nice work by Luke Varney, setting up an easy strike for David Norris, who found the top corner of Lee Grants goal from inside the six yard box.

We then witnessed twenty minutes where both sides were finding space to exploit and venture forward in search of a goal. Efforts by Burnley's Chris McCann and Clarets striker Martin Paterson went aimlessly close. And a collection of teasing crosses by Pompey's Halford and Chris Maguire were causing some issues in the Burnley box.

Just before the break Ben Mee had a shot on goal that was comfortably saved by Portsmouth keeper Jamie Ashdown. And that was followed up with a shot by David Edgar that saw Tal Ben-Haim block from close range.

Portsmouth did finish the first half strongly with an in swinging cross by Karim Rekik, but Michael Duff was on hand to clear the danger for the Clarets.

The second half started positively for the Clarets when Chris McCann produced some good work that resulted in a Burnley corner.

The corner was taken by Trippier, but was cleared by Greg Halford. David Edgar picked up the loose ball and managed to find the head of Danny Ings who accepted it gratefully by putting the Clarets back in the lead.

In 51st minute Burnley's Martin Paterson was replaced by Charlie Austin.

Portsmouth went in search of a leveller with attempts on goal by Luke Varney and Scott Allan. Unfortunately on both occasions Pompey could only see their efforts drift left and right of the Clarets upright.

With Pompey in the ascendancy Clarets keeper Grant was keen to slow down the progress of Portsmouth, but was rightfully cautioned for his conduct by match referee Attwell.

In the 68th minute Portsmouth made a double substitution, Kelvin Etuhu replaced Joel Ward, and Scott Allan made way for Marko Futacs.

Two minutes later the Clarets made a substitution of their own when Ben Mee came off for Millwall loanee Josh McQuoid.

The young Lion made a instant impact when in the 73rd minute Burnley's Ross Wallace found Charlie Austin in the box who dispatched from close range for the Clarets third, leaving Pompey with a mountain to climb.

The Clarets continued to bombard the Portsmouth box with chance after chance. And in the 77th minute both Marko Futacs and Chris Maguire received yellow cards for unsporting behaviour. And Burnley's Dean Marney didn't escape caution for a similar offence.

On eighty minutes Luca Scapuzzi replaced Pompey's number 20 George Thorne.

This substitution seemed to unsettle the shape of the Portsmouth side, and the Clarets could sense a even greater goal margin. And repeatedly penetrated the Pompey back line.

The Clarets dominated the last 10 minutes of the game with opportunities flying into the Portsmouth box from all directions. And in the last few minutes the Burnley striker Charlie Austin scored two late goals to claim the match ball with a second half hat-trick.

During the pandemonium of the final three minutes former Hammers player Junior Stanislav came on for the tired Danny Ings, who left the field to the applause of the fans in the away end.

Burnley's 5-1 victory see's Eddie Howe's team remain in 16th position. And with Portsmouth imploding in the last few minutes, this will do nothing for shell shocked Pompey's chances of escaping the dreaded drop.

The Burnley fans will have a pleasant trip back up the M6 to East Lancashire. And with this youthful bunch of promising professionals. The future looks bright for Eddie Howe's Claret & Blue Army.
Steven

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