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Fratton Park (ATT 16,606) 16th October 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D McDermidd

Portsmouth Portsmouth vs Watford Watford

Portsmouth 3

H Mullins (17)
D Kitson (72)
M Brown (80)

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Watford 2

M Taylor (67)
S McGinn (70)

Pompey prevail in thriller

Hosts take the spoils from topsy-turvy encounter on the south coast

Last Updated: 16/10/10 5:33pm

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Brown: Late winner

Brown: Late winner

Michael Brown struck 10 minutes from time to see Portsmouth to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Watford at Fratton Park.

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Hayden Mullins put Pompey in front after 17 minutes but a dramatic collapse saw Martin Taylor and Stephen McGinn turn the tie on its head.

The spirited hosts were not to be denied, though, and levelled through Dave Kitson on 72 minutes before Brown's long range effort ensured Steve Cotterill's side snatched the spoils.

Both sides began the match in lively fashion and in the third minute Watford went close to opening the scoring when defender Adrian Mariappa found the space to hit a shot from 12 yards which flew over the crossbar.

Yet Pompey steadied themselves and fashioned a decent opening in the ninth minute when midfielder Liam Lawrence drilled a right-foot shot wide from 12 yards.

Lawrence went close again five minutes later before Portsmouth's pressure told in the 17th minute when Mullins struck from distance.

Superb

Having collected a pass from Lawrence, Mullins unleashed a superb right-foot shot which flew into the top corner from 30 yards out.

The Hornets were dealt another blow moments later when midfielder Don Cowie succumbed to injury and was replaced by McGinn.

Watford midfielder John Eustace tried his luck from distance in the 26th minute and Jordon Mutch also went close with a 30-yard strike.

However, the hosts were not without chances themselves and midfielder Nadir Ciftci hit a swerving 35-yard shot which sailed narrowly past Scott Loach's goal.

Shortly before half-time, David Nugent rifled a shot from 18 yards just wide as Pompey failed to find a second goal.

Smart stop

Watford grew as an attacking force after the restart as Danny Graham drew a smart stop from Jamie Ashdown in the 50th minute when his 12-yard strike was repelled by the Pompey goalkeeper.

In the 54th minute, Taylor showed his eye for goal with a 12-yard shot which drew another decent save from Ashdown.

In the 66th minute, Watford drew level when Taylor headed home unmarked from a corner by Mutch.

Three minutes later, the visitors were in front as McGinn connected with Michael Bryan's cross and fired home right-footed from six yards out.

Remarkably, Portsmouth were level two minutes later as Kitson collected possession 20 yards from goal and fired a low right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

And with 10 minutes remaining, Fratton Park went wild as Portsmouth scored a winning goal through Brown, who fired a right-foot shot into the bottom corner from 18 yards.

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2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
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7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 43 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Charlton Athletic 42 42
21 Blackpool 43 42
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37

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