Portsmouth slumps to seventh straight defeat

UAE-owned club lose at home to Everton who earn first away points of season.
Portsmouth slumps to seventh straight defeat
SULAIMAN AL-FAHIM: Portsmouth owner. (ITP Images)
By Martin Morris
Sat 26 Sep 2009 11:07 PM

UAE-owned Premiership club Portsmouth slumped to its seventh straight defeat on Saturday, leaving it firmly rooted at the bottom of the table.A goal from Louis Saha was enough to break the deadlock as under pressure Pompey manager, Paul Hart, showed his attacking intent at the outset by employing two up front against the Toffees after relying on a lone striker in previous games.

Saha, making his 200th league appearance, pounced in the 42nd minute - the ex-Manchester United player latching on to a pass from the half way line that eluded Pompey defender, Younis Khaboul.

Cheered on by the Fratton Park crowd Pompey almost made amends after half time when a Ben-Haim header was fortuitously repelled by the chest of the Everton keeper.

The visitors went close to extending their lead on the hour when Fellani's header was tipped over by James. From the resulting corner a header from Tim Cahill was cleared off the line by Smith.

A late Portsmouth shout for a penalty was turned down by referee Alan Whiley, finishing off a miserable afternoon for the south coast side.

Elsewhere, Chelsea went down to its first defeat of the season, losing 3-1 at Wigan. Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech was sent off after bringing down Wigan’s Hugo Rodallega, who subsequently scored from the spot.

Manchester United went top of the table after cruising to a 2-0 win at combative Stoke, while Liverpool crushed Hull 6-1 at Anfield and Tottenham - helped by four goals from Robbie Keane - pummeled Burnley 5-0.

Bolton won 2-1 at Birmingham, while Blackburn edged out Aston Villa 2-1 at home and Arsenal won 1-0 away to Fulham.

Manchester City is due to play West Ham at Eastlands on Monday.

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