Portsmouth 1 Sunderland 0
23rd February 2008 15:00
Sunderland were beaten by one goal by Harry Redknapp`s Portsmouth at Fratton Park. The game itself looked like a stalemate from the off with most of the play in the middle of the park.
However referee Phil Dowd awarded the game to Pompey in 70th minute when he gave a penalty for a Bardsley challenge on Kranjcar.
Defoe despatched the spot kick with style after Evans and Nosworthy had snuffed him out throughout the game.
Apart from that I can`t remember us having a shot on target.
Sunderland Line Up 4-5-1
Murphy 6 (Prica 6)
Leadbitter 6 (Yorke 6)
Reid 8 (Chopra 6)
Subs not used
Vital Sunderland Says
We never really tested James but I`m sure Keane and the backroom staff will sort out our lack of creativity before our crucial game against Derby next weekend.