Date: 24th February 2008 at 9:54pm
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Sunderland were beaten by one goal by Harry Redknapp`s Portsmouth at Fratton Park. The game itself looked like a stalemate from the off with most of the play in the middle of the park.

However referee Phil Dowd awarded the game to Pompey in 70th minute when he gave a penalty for a Bardsley challenge on Kranjcar.

Defoe despatched the spot kick with style after Evans and Nosworthy had snuffed him out throughout the game.

Apart from that I can`t remember us having a shot on target.

Sunderland Line Up 4-5-1

Gordon 7
Bardsley 6
Nosworthy 6
Evans 6
Collins 7
Murphy 6 (Prica 6)
Leadbitter 6 (Yorke 6)
Whitehead 6
Etuhu 6
Reid 8 (Chopra 6)
Jones 6

Subs not used

Vital Sunderland Says
Another game another controversial decision by the man in black. We should have come away with at least a point but how many more times are we going to saying that this season.

We never really tested James but I`m sure Keane and the backroom staff will sort out our lack of creativity before our crucial game against Derby next weekend.


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