Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp scored in the 94th minute to give Portsmouth victory over Ian Holloway's Blackpool.

Blackpool missed opportunities to win the game, with Matt Phillips the main culprit, fluffing two easy chances.

The away side might have gone ahead had Ian Evatt's goalbound shot not struck the hand of defender Jason Pearce.

But the Tangerines were left reeling as Huseklepp scored the winner with a 12-yard volley to give his side their first win in five games.

The Seasiders should have taken the lead early on but Phillips shot straight at goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown after being found by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Again, former Wycombe striker Phillips could have put his side in front, but dragged his effort wide of goal.

David Norris was lucky to stay on the pitch in the first half after appearing to elbow Evatt.

In the second half Portsmouth came out the better side and could have gone ahead had it not been for Matt Gilks' smart save from Liam Lawrence.

There was controversy in the 70th minute when Evatt's shot, which was heading goalwards, was blocked by Pearce's hand. However, referee Darren Deadman saw no infringement.

Portsmouth rode their luck but grabbed all three points when Evatt, who was heavily involved throughout the game, mistimed a header and the ball fell into the path of Huseklepp, who fired home, much to the delight of the home fans.

Lineup, Bookings (9) & Substitutions (5)

Portsmouth

  • 01 Ashdown
  • 02 Ward
  • 05 Pearce Booked
  • 15 Halford
  • 26 Ben-Haim
  • 04 Mokoena (Rocha - 59' Booked )
  • 07 Lawrence
  • 08 Mullins
  • 10 Huseklepp
  • 19 Norris Booked (Kanu - 77' )
  • 25 Mwaruwari

Substitutes

  • 13 Henderson
  • 03 Rocha
  • 17 Williams
  • 09 Futacs
  • 27 Kanu

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey Booked
  • 06 Evatt Booked
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 04 Southern
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 23 M Phillips (Sylvestre - 54' Booked )
  • 09 K Phillips Booked
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher (Bogdanovic - 84' )
  • 36 Ince Booked (Hurst - 75' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 18 Hill
  • 35 Hurst
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 13 Bogdanovic
Ref: Deadman
Att: 14,935

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

2 4

Corners

5 11

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:59 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Erik Huseklepp - Portsmouth 1 - 0 Blackpool Erik Huseklepp scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Blackpool.

90:00 +3:02 Booking

Booking The referee shows James Hurst a yellow card for dissent.

90:00 +2:30

Joel Ward takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

89:44

Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Lawrence, Ludovic Sylvestre manages to make a clearance.

87:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Hurst on Tal Ben-Haim. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

86:44

Benjani Mwaruwari is caught offside. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.

85:37

Free kick taken by Greg Halford.

85:37 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Kevin Phillips for unsporting behaviour.

85:29

Kevin Phillips challenges Liam Lawrence unfairly and gives away a free kick.

84:56

Corner taken by Ludovic Sylvestre from the right by-line, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.

84:32

Centre by Greg Halford, save by Matthew Gilks.

84:07

Erik Huseklepp delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

83:06 Substitution

Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Daniel Bogdanovic coming on for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

82:25

Centre by Stephen Crainey, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Baptiste from the right by-line, clearance by Tal Ben-Haim.

78:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Greg Halford. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.

77:41

The referee blows for offside against Benjani Mwaruwari. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.

76:48 Substitution

Substitution David Norris leaves the field to be replaced by Nwankwo Kanu.

74:36 Substitution

Substitution James Hurst on for Thomas Ince.

72:42

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Norris. Free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.

71:59

Inswinging corner taken by Thomas Ince from the right by-line, Jamie Ashdown makes a save.

70:41

Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Lawrence from right wing, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.

70:41 Booking

Booking Ludovic Sylvestre is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

70:30

Ludovic Sylvestre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Erik Huseklepp.

69:30

Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

68:54

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.

66:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Evatt on Joel Ward. Greg Halford takes the free kick.

65:07

Effort from just outside the area by Hayden Mullins goes over the target.

64:34

Liam Lawrence takes the outswinging corner, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

63:31 Booking

Booking Booking for Ricardo Rocha.

60:04

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Thomas Ince, clearance made by Hayden Mullins. Corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre from the left by-line, Liam Lawrence makes a clearance.

59:37

Thomas Ince takes a short corner.

58:03 Substitution

Substitution Ricardo Rocha comes on in place of Aaron Mokoena.

53:48 Substitution

Substitution Ludovic Sylvestre is brought on as a substitute for Matt Phillips.

52:22

Benjani Mwaruwari is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

51:01

Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks. Corner taken by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by Keith Southern. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Liam Lawrence, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Greg Halford misses to the left of the goal.

49:40

The ball is crossed by David Norris.

47:34

Joel Ward produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

46:42

Foul by Benjani Mwaruwari on Thomas Ince, free kick awarded. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.

45:39

Corner taken by Thomas Ince played to the near post, clearance made by Aaron Mokoena.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:58 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +3:17

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Kevin Phillips misses to the left of the goal.

45:00 +3:02

Joel Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Ince. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +2:24

Erik Huseklepp sends in a cross.

45:00 +0:58

Corner taken by Thomas Ince from the right by-line played to the near post, Benjani Mwaruwari manages to make a clearance.

44:51

Shot from just outside the area by Barry Ferguson goes over the bar.

43:26

Thomas Ince has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Jamie Ashdown. Thomas Ince takes the inswinging corner, Hayden Mullins makes a clearance.

43:26 Booking

Booking Jason Pearce goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

43:15

Jason Pearce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Phillips.

42:44

Foul by Benjani Mwaruwari on Keith Southern, free kick awarded. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

41:33

Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.

41:33 Booking

Booking Thomas Ince is shown a yellow card.

39:14

Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince, Tal Ben-Haim manages to make a clearance.

37:55

Unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Benjani Mwaruwari results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

37:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Phillips. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.

34:54

Free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.

34:54 Booking

Booking The referee shows Ian Evatt a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

34:45

Foul by Ian Evatt on David Norris, free kick awarded.

34:05

The assistant referee signals for offside against Erik Huseklepp. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

31:40

Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

31:40 Booking

Booking David Norris goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

31:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by David Norris.

30:33

Joel Ward has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

29:28

Shot from just outside the box by Erik Huseklepp goes over the target.

28:00

Centre by Alex Baptiste.

26:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Benjani Mwaruwari. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

25:36

The offside flag is raised against Ian Evatt. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

24:53

Aaron Mokoena challenges Kevin Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

24:36

Joel Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

23:43

Jason Pearce concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Cathcart. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

22:52

Liam Lawrence sends in a cross, Ian Evatt makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence played to the near post, Header by Joel Ward from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

21:52

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Phillips, Craig Cathcart takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.

17:48

Matt Phillips produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

17:38

Centre by Greg Halford, clearance by Ian Evatt.

17:01

The offside flag is raised against Keith Southern. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

15:55

Matt Phillips takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.

11:28

Liam Lawrence delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Kevin Phillips makes a clearance.

11:28 Booking

Booking Stephen Crainey receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

11:22

Stephen Crainey is penalised for a handball.

3:25

Shot from just outside the area by Joel Ward goes over the bar.

3:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jason Pearce. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.

2:06

Stephen Crainey challenges Liam Lawrence unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.

0:37

Benjani Mwaruwari gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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