|Season 2006-07 Result|
| Mwaruwari 7,
|Emre 69 (pen).|
|Date: 14/04/2007 Venue: Fratton Park Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 11/06/2007 by ?|
|20,165 fullish house here, where nothing much has changed - talk of building new stands and turning the pitch around doesn't seem to have changed since we were last here and the away end is as unlovely as ever. Support to the team from the travelling Toon fans was a patchy as the performance - and as has become the norm this season, a good number of the players sloped off at the finish without a backward look towards those in black and white.
Once again we answered our critics - by proving every last one of them right. Paper hats, jessies, softies, over-paid lummoxes - take your pick, they all fit. Pompey took the lead on 7mins when Harper was unsighted as Benjani Mwaruwari picked up the ball in the Newcastle box, avoided Taylor's attempt at a tackle and turned to hit a low drive into the Milton End net. And at the end of a desperate 45 minutes, we were still only one goal behind, our opponents having taken advantage of Newcastle's rampant disinterest in proceedings to go ahead, but then failed to punish us by a lack of luck.... or talent.
Andy Carroll turned out and shamed the other buggers though - inexperienced, rough and ready, young and daft. Let's hope he can avoid picking up the "trappings" of some of his other new colleagues.
Things got worse after the break when on 59mins Referee Foy's advantage left Matthew Taylor with the ball at his feet some distance from goal as Onyewu went to ground having failed to upend him. A heartbeat later and the ball was in the back of Harper's net as Taylor celebrated his third goal in as many games. 2-0 to them!! We pulled one back on 69mins as James Milner was upended in the box by Dejan Stefanovic after controlling Andy Carroll's dinked pass. With fans half-expecting to see Solano and Martins squabble over who has taking it, Emre placed the ball on the spot and rifled it home within the minimum of ceremony.
Emre's penalty conversion prevented David James from setting a new Premiership clean sheet record. The Pompey 'keeper remains tied on 141 with David Seaman. The Turk netted his fourth Premiership goal, to go along with efforts against the mackems (October 2005), Birmingham (November 2005) and Reading (December 2006). However this was his first domestic away goal. The ankle injury suffered by Damien Duff is expected to have ended his season. That means that he will miss the visit of Chelsea and Blackburn to Tyneside, completing a run of five games against his former employers that he's missed (a League Cup tie against Chelsea plus two Premiership games against the Blues and Rovers).
With three away games remaining this season, we still require one goal and two points if we are to avoid our lowest ever Premiership totals on the road: However Emre's goal means that we've now exceeded our 1997/98 away goals tally of 13.