The FA Cup
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Portsmouth 1-2 Bournemouth

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport

Substitute Marc Pugh's late header ended the FA Cup hopes of League Two side Portsmouth as Bournemouth advanced into the fifth round.

Pompey showed more vim and vigour in attack than the Premier League side and took the lead when Gary Roberts tapped in Marc McNulty's cross.

The Cherries came alive in the last 20 minutes and equalised through Josh King, who headed in from eight yards.

Pugh made it 2-1 the 83rd minute when his header went in off Adam Webster.

Cherries on top...just

Portsmouth goal
McNulty played the killer pass for Portsmouth team-mate Roberts after a fine move

For 70 minutes, Bournemouth gave the impression of a side who viewed the FA Cup as a distraction.

Eddie Howe made 10 changes to the starting line-up that drew against Sunderland, but the replacements did little to prove to their manager they are worth a regular spot in the first team.

The double substitution of Pugh and Matt Ritchie in the 62nd minute changed the dynamic of the Bournemouth attack, as the Premier League side finally gained control on the pitch.

They levelled matters through King, who provided the deftest of touches on Eunan O'Kane's free-kick from the right. Irishman O'Kane was one of the shining lights for the Cherries.

With Bournemouth eager to capitalise on their dominance, Lewis Grabban drove forward on the right and drove in a shot that was saved by Ryan Fulton. However, the loose ball fell to the fast-arriving Pugh, who nodded in via Webster.

So close for Pompey

Gary Roberts celebrates scoring
Gary Roberts celebrates scoring in the first half to give Pompey a deserved lead

Since winning the FA Cup in 2008, Portsmouth have suffered relegations, points deductions and two administrations.

The club is now run by a supporters' trust, and today those who have backed them could be heartened that there may be better days ahead.

Pompey will perhaps rue not making the most of their golden spell in the first half, when they had the Cherries pressed up against a wall.

Aside from the goal, McNulty forced a great save from Adam Federici and scorer Roberts fired wide from six yards with just the keeper to beat.

Paul Cook's side are seven points adrift of an automatic promotion spot in League Two - but repeat displays will surely see them in the shake-up in May.

Man of the match - Marc McNulty (Portsmouth)

Marc McNulty
Who said the man of the match had to come from the winning side? McNulty set the tempo for Pompey with his early surges, provided the assist for the goal and almost scored for the home side

What the managers said

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook:

"I'm very proud of our football club. Eventually Bournemouth's quality came to the fore.

"We have big days in front of us.

"You don't have to win to get clapped off. We didn't win but we were clapped off.

"We turned up today after losing last week to Oxford."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"Give credit to the way Pompey played, they could have gone direct but played very well. We're glad we're through.

"We were poor in the first half. You have to give them a lot of credit for the way they played.

"The players showed real character. Once we made the substitutions we were the better team.

"The tempo of the game was high and we didn't deal with it very well. As the second half wore on we created more chances."

What next?

Pompey face Morecambe away on Tuesday, and the Cherries are back in Premier League action at Crystal Palace on the same day.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Fulton
  • 2Davies
  • 6BurgessBooked at 22minsSubstituted forWebsterat 62'minutes
  • 20Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 33Close
  • 8Doyle
  • 7McGurkSubstituted forTollittat 77'minutes
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forEvansat 62'minutes
  • 23Bennett
  • 10McNulty


  • 1Jones
  • 4Webster
  • 14Naismith
  • 15Barton
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 26Evans


Formation 4-4-2

  • 23Federici
  • 15A Smith
  • 5ElphickSubstituted forFrancisat 76'minutes
  • 25Distin
  • 38Cargill
  • 12IturbeSubstituted forPughat 62'minutes
  • 32O'KaneBooked at 90mins
  • 16MacDonald
  • 17King
  • 27MurraySubstituted forRitchieat 62'minutes
  • 28Grabban


  • 2Francis
  • 7Pugh
  • 21Allsop
  • 30Ritchie
  • 36Butcher
  • 42Simpson
  • 48Wakefield
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

  4. Post update

    Joshua King (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

  6. Post update

    Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Booking

    Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Baily Cargill.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Close (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc McNulty.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Portsmouth 1, Bournemouth 2. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Adam Webster.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Adam McGurk.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Simon Francis replaces Tommy Elphick.

  20. Post update

    Adam Webster (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.