UAE-owned Premiership club Portsmouth sealed its first win of the season and first away win in eleven months on Saturday as a Hassan Yebda goal was enough to take the three points at Wolves.The south coast club started the stronger with Wolves goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey, tested more than once in the opening 15 minutes.
Both managers had a point to prove - under pressure Paul Hart looking for his first win and Wolves manager, Mick McCarthy, hoping for what would only be the club’s second win in eight games.
To the delight of away fans Algerian Hassan Yebda, on a season-long loan from Benfica, headed home in the 18th minute after good work from ex-Tottenham midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng.
In the 29th minute Portsmouth could have doubled their tally - Hennessey pulling off a spectacular save from Aruna Dindane. Tommy Smith then hit the rebound just wide.
The second half opened as the first with both sides in attacking mode - Hennessey saving strongly from Dindane.
Later in the half a clear penalty, after Pompey defender Marc Wilson handled the ball in the box, was turned down by referee Howard Webb.
The final 10 minutes saw Pompey under severe pressure but the visitors managed to hang on for the victory.
Elsewhere, an Anton Ferdinand own goal three minutes into added on time saved Manchester United from an improbable home defeat to unfancied Sunderland. Dimitar Berbatov scored for United while goals from Darren Bent and Kenwyne Jones saw the game finish 2-2 at Old Trafford.
In other games Spurs drew 2-2 at Bolton, Burnley beat Birmingham 2-1 and Hull edged out Wigan 2-1. Manchester City are away to Aston Villa on Monday night.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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