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Pompey 0-2 Fulham – Reserves – Match Report

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Piquionne - no celebrations last night.

Pompey were defeated on a soggy evening at West Leigh Park, as Papa Bouba Diop made his return from a hamstring injury.

An experienced side played for Portsmouth, featuring Frederic Piquionne and Danny Webber in attack, with the former having previously scored 4 goals in 2 reserve team outings.

Jamie O’Hara led a midfield diamond, accompanied by Richard Hughes, Angelos Basinas and Diop.

Fulham had the first chance of the game after 13 minutes. Andranik’s long-range effort was set to be saved comfortably by ‘keeper Liam O’Brien, before a wicked deflection from Mike Williamson sent the ball in the opposite direction out for a corner.

Fulham managed to score from the resulting corner however, with defender Tony Kallio rising highest in Pompey’s area to give the Whites the lead.

Pompey rarely threatened, with their first attack arriving after 20 minutes, with Diop’s limp header easily-saved by Pascal Zuberbuhler.

O’Brien was called into action minutes later, stopping striker Eddie Johnson from doubling Fulham’s lead.

Slack defending allowed Fulham to score from the resulting corner, again. Michael Uweze was given enough space to convert Matthew Saunders’ cross and give Fulham a comfortable lead as half-time approached.

Pompey looked lacklustre going forward, with a long-range shot from Piquionne going wide of the post on 31 minutes.

Fulham could have had a third goal before half-time, if it was not for the brave defending of Mike Williamson.

The former Watford defender, who captained the reserve side last night, stopped Johnson from converting a low cross after a precise challenge.

Half time – Portsmouth 0-2 Fulham

Most of Portsmouth’s attacking play in the second-half stemmed from O’Hara, as he desperately tried to reclaim something from the game.

After surging through many challenges, the on-loan midfielder was unfortunate to see his angled-shot go just wide.

O’Hara was later able to pick out Piquionne later with a pinpoint cross, but the Frenchman was unable to keep his shot on target, volleying wide.

It was a case of déjà vu a few minutes later, as the two players combined again; this time however, Piquionne volleyed the ball over the crossbar.

Fulham went on to have a number of chances to extend their lead, with O’Brien making a number of good saves.

Nevertheless, with the poor weather conditions, everyone was relieved to hear the referee’s whistle at the end.

Pompey: O’Brien; Suric, Williamson (c), Wilkinson, Hurst; Basinas, Diop (Bopp 75), O’Hara (Apicerni 63), Hughes: Piquionne, Webber (Samba 46). Subs not used: Ryan, Walshe.

Fulham: Zuberbuhler; Brown, Kallio, Anderson (c), Smith; Uwezu (Hoesen 70 (Jones 90)), Andranik, Saunders, Seol; Johnson (Marquez-Sanchez 90), Elm.

Goals: Kallio 13, Uwezu 27

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