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Fratton Park

Tuesday 25th January 2011 @7:45 pm Kick-Off

Attendance: 13,345


The Clarets beat Portsmouth last night coming away from Fratton Park with a 2-1 win. This was their first win in 12 attempts over Pompey and their first victory over the Hampshire side for 29 years. It also marked the first win for new manager and former Pompey player, Eddie Howe at only his second attempt following the 0-0 away draw to Scunthorpe United on Saturday. Away wins for the Clarets are a luxury this season but at least we can now claim to have won two on the road so far.

All the goals came in a six minute spell towards the end of the first half. Burnley opened the scoring after 31 minutes when Rodriguez got on the end of a Danny Fox cross to shoot home with his right foot. Our lead did not last long though with a Pompey equaliser coming just two minutes later when John Utaka got in a right footed shot to equalise following some good work by Kanu. It looked like typical Burnley this season being unable to hold on to leads for long but the Clarets fans joy was soon restored just eight minutes before half-time when a superb overhead kick by Marney soared into the back of the net to give the Clarets a 2-1 lead at the break. In the second half, Burnley had chances to increase their lead but Pompey too began to come back at the Clarets. Clarke Carlisle and Michael Duff though were majestic in defence and soaked up all the Pompey pressure.

In the end the Clarets held on to move up to ninth in the table to within a sniff off the play-off places. They are now five points behind sixth placed club, Leeds United with a game in hand. Games are coming quick and fast now and it is vital we maintain a winning streak and go on a bit of a run starting with our next league game away to Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat next Tuesday night. Rovers are struggling and they suffered another home defeat last night to South Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley so it will be important to take advantage of their low confidence to keep our promotion hopes alive.

Eddie Howe made just one change last night against Portsmouth. Steven Thompson recently linked with a move to Hibs and due to see a specialist for a niggling groin injury this week, got a start with Wallace dropping back to the bench.

In summary we lined up as follows:

Grant, Mears, Carlisle, Duff, Fox, Cork, Elliott, Marney, Rodriguez, Thompson, Eagles

Subs: Jensen, Easton, Edgar, Bikey, Alexander, Wallace, Iwelumo

Match Stats

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Halford, De Laet, Lawrence, Ward, Sonko, Mullins, Hogg (Hreidarsson 89), Utaka, Nugent, Kanu (Dickinson 64)

Subs Not Used: Flahavan, Rocha, Ciftci, Kilbey

Booked: 0

Goal: Utaka 33

Burnley: Grant, Mears, Duff, Carlisle, Fox, Cork, Marney, Elliott, Eagles (Alexander 90+1), Rodriguez, Thompson (Iwelumo 87)

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Edgar, Bikey, Easton, Wallace

Booked: Yellow Cards for Duff and Cork

Goals: Rodriguez 31, Marney 37

Possession: 48% Portsmouth, 52% Burnley (Source: BBC Sport)

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Star Player

Two players more than anybody were responsible for ensuring the Clarets came away with victory from Fratton Park last night and that was our central defence pairing of Michael Duff and Clarke Carlisle. They were both at the top of their game and frustrated Steve Cotterill`s men all night. You could not separate them so I tossed a coin and Duffo gets our Star Player award.

Date:Wednesday January 26 2011
Time: 8:01AM

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A cracking result which will be invaluable not only for the points but for confidence as well. Listening on Clarets Player it sounded as if Carlisle and the rest of the defence did really well, especially in the last 20 minutes or so. A good result on Saturday will further boost confidence and instill that match winning mentality which we seem to have lacked so far this season.
26/01/2011 09:22:00
Yes a good win, hopefully we will have a couple of new faces in for our next League game to freshen things up, onwards and upwards.
26/01/2011 09:37:00
Only 7 points behind Cardiff in second and still to play them twice!
26/01/2011 10:02:00
Great defending judging by what I heard on clarets player last night. And the whole outfit seems 'busier' to me. I definitely get the impression that our collective team confidence is on the rise. Time to push on now and win a few!
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26/01/2011 10:14:00
Think Brompton has that about right. Carlisle was simply magnificent last night and when he just has to concentrate on defending he is a very good player at this level. Difficult to pick out anyone who had a bad game though I will do a Vin style ratings over in the forums. There certainly seems to be a bit more urgency in the side and they closed down the space very quickly in the first half. Perhaps they tired a little bit in the second period but hung on well for a deserved three points. Wins breed confidence which breeds team spirit and togetherness. Long may it continue.
26/01/2011 10:32:00
Agree with everyone great result for EH JT and the team, Eddie seems to have the team playing together and the confidence will follow lets hope we can push on now and start putting pressure on the top six.
26/01/2011 11:04:00
Hurrah! Here's to more of the same in the next away game, which I will be at! :-)
26/01/2011 11:29:00
well done the lads !
26/01/2011 13:43:00
I'm at Doncaster next tues as well, hopefully to see us win. Hopefully this performance has got us past that habit we had of giving up leads. We do seem to have a bit more grit.
26/01/2011 15:06:00
I am also at Doncaster on Tuesday and hoping for more of the same. I haven't seen us win away since Wembley!! They have all been loses or draws, about time I saw an away win. Well done to the lads for Tuesday. I was ar work on Tuesday night so had the live scores on the internet and spent most of the night staring at the screen. Oh as well as being very productive at work!!
27/01/2011 12:00:00
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