Portsmouth 1 Blackpool 0 - minute-by-minute

Matty Phillips in action against Portsmouth
Matty Phillips in action against Portsmouth
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A ERIK Huseklepp strike in the last minute of stoppage game handed Portsmouth a win over Blackpool.

The striker found himself totally unmarked at the back post and he gave Matt Gilks in goal no chance with a superb strike.

It was a case of missed chances costing dear for Blackpool against a home side who looked to have settled for a point at half time.

Matty Phillips had Blackpool’s two best chances of the game, twice racing away from the back four but on both occasions failing to find the net.

Follow our minute-by-minute report below:


Blackpool lost that with almost the last kick of the game. Portsmouth set-up with one up front and killed the game from start to finish. Sadly for Blackpool, after big missed chances, a sucker punch was always likely.


A totally undeserved winner for the home side a deep cross found Erik Huseklepp totally unmarked at the back post. His half volley gave Gilks no chance.

92 mins: Joel Ward’s curling effort forces a superb save from Matt Gilks.

90 mins: Four minutes of time added on.

84 mins: Daniel Bogdanovic comes on for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

83 mins: Corner to Blackpool. Kevin Phillips scuffs Ludo Sylvestre’s corner wide.

77 mins: David Norris is replaced by Kanu. Or ‘King Kanu’ as the PA calls him.

75 mins: Tom Ince, who has been lively, is replaced by James Hurst.

74 mins: Portsmouth deserve nothing from this game. They are playing one up front and have made no attempted to win this game. Lets hope they don’t!

72 mins: Shouts for a penalty to Blackpool as Ian Evatt’s shot appears to hit the arms of a Pompey defender, the referee waved the claims away.

71 mins: Ludo Sylvestre is the latest to be booked.

70 mins: Kevin Phillips shoots from 18 yards after good work from Tom Ince on the right. Easy save to the keeper’s right.

65 mins: 14,935 is the crowd this afternoon.

63 mins: Portsmouth being very negative here. Almost as if their attitude is that if Blackpool don’t score, they’ll get a point.

60 mins: Three corners in a row for Blackpool. Better spell, home fans quiet.

54 mins: Ludo Sylvestre comes on to replace Matty Phillips. Looks like Gary Taylor-Fletcher has gone up top.

51 mins: David Norris forces a good save from Matt Gilks.

45 mins: Blackpool kick-off the second-half.


Blackpool should really be ahead at the break. Two good chances, both falling to Matt Phillips, have gone begging.

45 mins: Four minutes time added on.

45 mins: Brilliant effort on the volley from 30-yards by Barry Ferguson. Just over.

45 mins: Tom Ince forces a decent save from a 25-yard free-kick.

44 mins: Another yellow card. This time for Jason Pearce who fouled Matty Phillips. No need for so many yellow cards here.

41 mins: Tom Ince goes down in the box, the referee blew the whistle, but only to award the home side a free-kick and yellow card Ince for diving. This referee is dishing out cards like it’s Christmas.

37 mins: Dangerous free-kick for Pompey at the edge of the 18 yard box. They tried to fool Blackpool with a pathetic moment of acting by Norris and Lawrence. They pretended to make a hash of the free-kick, only for Norris to turn around and shoot towards goal. It won’t be winning an Oscar.

36 mins: Ian Evatt gets revenge with a strong challenge on David Norris. Yellow card.

33 mins: David Norris is booked for what looked like an elbow to the face of Ian Evatt. The big defender was treated by Phil Horner book looks like he’ll be ok.

32 mins: Joel Ward rises well to flick a long Greg Halford throw towards goal. Just wide.

31 mins: Erik Huseklepp fires high and wide from 25 yards after a neat move by the home side.

28 mins: Matt Phillips goes down in the box under the challenge of Aaron Mokena. Never a penalty sadly.

23 mins: Matt Phillips’ corner is headed towards goal by Craig Cathcart. Easy save in the end.

22 mins: Good move from Blackpool ended in Alex Baptiste’s superb cross being turned behind for a corner.

19 mins: Matt Phillips again races in behind the Portsmouth back four. This time, from a tighter angle, he dragged it wide with his left foot.

17 mins: Matty Phillips misses a HUGE chance for Blackpool. A fantastic ball from Gary Taylor-Fletcher released Phillips who shot straight at Jamie Ashdown when clear in on goal.

16 mins: Not much goal mouth action to talk about here. Blackpool finding their feet a little here.

11 mins: Stephen Crainey is booked for handball and a bit of a moan at the referee.

7 mins: Scrappy start to the game here, neither side getting on the ball. Pompey have started the brighter.

3pm: Portsmouth kick-off. Blackpool in their changes kit of white shirts and tangerine shorts.

2:50pm: The teams are out, here we go!

2:30pm: Both sides are out warming up in the South Coast sunshine. Perfect conditions for football this afternoon.

Team news:

BLACKPOOL have made three changes to the side drew against Cardiff at Bloomfield Road last weekend.

Tom Ince and Matty Phillips come into the strike force in place of Brett Ormerod and Billy Clarke.

At left-back regular Stephen Crainey starts in place of Matty Hill.

Mark Howard, who signed this week, is yet to gain international clearence and misses out on a place in the squad.

Pool: Gilks, Crainey, Baptiste, Evatt, Cathcart, Taylor-Fletcher, Southern, Ferguson, M Phillips, K Phillips and Ince.

Subs: Halstead, Hurst, Hill, Bagdanovic and Sylvestre.