Burnley 3-5-2



Thomas Armstrong Davis

Branch Cook Ball Little Weller

Moore Taylor

Subs: Branch off Briscoe on (59); Cook off Mullin on (68); Ball off Cox on (72)

Subs not used: Crichton Maylett




Vincent Moore Hiley Crowe

Brady Sharpe Panopoulos

Nightingale Mills Lovell

Subs: Nightingale off Harper on (87); Lovell off Rudonja on (90)

Subs not used: Tardif, Thogersen, Waterman

Set-piece watch

Burnley had five corners during the match with four different takers. Glen Little and Paul Cook both tried deep kicks to the far post with no joy while John Mullin and Lee Briscoe attempted short corner routines with more success but still no reward.

Technical Talk

Graham Branch was pushed further forward acting as a third striker at times on the left as Ian Moore and Gareth Taylor tried to press forward in the early stages. Portsmouth used three strikers on the Clarets trio of defenders which caused Burnley a few problems.

Turning Point

The penalty given in the 69th minute seemed harsh on Clarets defender Gordon Armstrong but once Mike Panopoulos converted it to make it 2-0 there was only going to be one winner. The spot kick made the three points safe for new boss Graham Rix.