It must have been a wonderful win for Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp yesterday, although he did look like he was having a heart attack when Rozehnal clearly handled in the penalty box in the first half and the referee didnâ€™t see it.
At that time Portsmouth were 3-1 up, but you wouldnâ€™t have thought it, the way Harry was reacting.
But Harryâ€™s a very good manager and yesterdayâ€™s win, the first for Portsmouth in 58 years at Newcastle, had to be so satisfying for the manager.
Harry Redknapp – has put together a great side at Pompey
In truth Portsmouth looked a very good side and really took Newcastle to the cleaners in the first 11 minutes to go an amazing 3-0 up. Noe Pamarot scored the first after 8 minutes with a wonderful strike from 30 yards which will be played again and again and has a chance for the goal of the season. There was no danger as he hit the ball with rocket speed into Harperâ€™s top left hand corner.Â Newcastleâ€™s Brazilian center back Claudio Cacapa had a nightmare game as he was hustled off the ball first by Benjani Mwaruwari and then John Utaka as Pompey went up 3-0.
Cacapa was finally put out of his misery when he was taken off by Big Sam with just 18 minutes gone, and by that time, Newcastle had grabbed a lifeline when Sol Campbell deflected the ball into his own net. Owen had earlier pounced on a loose ball as James could only parry the ball.
But another terrible goal, direct from a Niko Kranjcar’s free kick after 70 minutes put the game out of reach for the home side, who lost their first game of the season at St. Jamesâ€™ Park.
Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp said after the game:
“It was a terrific performance and great goals. The first three goals were fantastic.â€
“You come to St James’ Park and it is a difficult place to come – they get great support – and I just felt it was important we did not give anything away early on.â€
“The system we play, we have got an extra man in the middle of the park and they were going to get out-numbered in there, so I felt it was important we passed the ball and made them change their system or drag a wide man in.
“That was something we spoke about all week, and we did it to perfection – and the goals were absolutely fantastic.”
Well it was certainly a good performance from Portsmouth, and they showed just how mediocre Newcastle are against a good side. Big Sam has some major problems to address before we have 8 games in 33 days starting December 1st. We just have to pick up points during that period – so we keep in touch with the top 6 and still qualify for Europe next season.