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Fratton Park (ATT 13,751) 24th September 2010 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: K Hill

Portsmouth Portsmouth vs Leicester City Leicester

Portsmouth 6

L Lawrence (pen 10, 33)
D Nugent (58)
D Kitson (59, 83)
M Brown (90+1)

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Leicester 1

M Vitor (S/O 31)
S Howard (71)

Pompey storm to first win

Braces from Lawrence and Kitson help slay 10-man Leicester

By James Dall.   Last Updated: 25/09/10 10:35am

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Cotterill: Relief at victory

Cotterill: Relief at victory

Portsmouth claimed their first Championship win of the season to lift them off the bottom of the table as they emphatically defeated 10-man Leicester City 6-1 at Fratton Park.

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Liam Lawrence opened the scoring from the penalty spot following a daft Michael Morrison handball before Miguel Vitor was dismissed when referee Keith Hill deemed he denied David Nugent a clear goalscoring opportunity.

And midfielder Lawrence, on loan from Stoke, fired in the resulting free-kick via the aid of a deflection to hand previously winless Pompey a 2-0 lead at the break.

The result was put beyond any doubt when Portsmouth scored twice in the space of two minutes, with Nugent and then Dave Kitson netting just prior to the hour mark.

Paulo Sousa's side, who beat their opponents 2-1 in the Carling Cup on Tuesday, netted a consolation through Steve Howard, but a second of the night for Kitson and a terrific goal by Michael Brown rubbed further salt in the Foxes' wounds.

Swimming

The South Coast club, who remain in administration and still cannot fill their substitutes' bench, have been swimming against the tide all season.

But a combination of Morrison's ridiculous handball and referee Hill's harsh decision to send off Portuguese defender Vitor put them on their way to a much-needed win.

Morrison gifted them the lead after just nine minutes when, for reasons best known to himself, he raised his arm as he jumped for Lawrence's corner.

Hill pointed to the spot and Lawrence stepped up to send Conrad Logan the wrong way.

Leicester tried to hit back immediately and had the ball in the net in the 17th minute, but Andy King was adjudged to be offside when he tucked Lloyd Dyer's pass away.

However, Pompey were dominating possession and Lawrence saw an angled shot tipped over by Logan, Brown fired narrowly wide and Aaron Mokoena sent a volley over.

And Leicester's evening got worse on the half-hour when Vitor was dismissed for felling Nugent on the edge of the area.

Dismissal

While it was a clear foul, their were plenty of other defenders in attendance and Vitor was stunned to see Hill produce the red card.

Lawrence rubbed salt in the wounds when he thumped the free-kick past Logan with the help a deflection off Bruno Berner.

Carl Dickinson almost scored a memorable goal just after the break with a 30-yard effort from the left touchline which caught Logan off his line but just shaved the crossbar.

But moments later Pompey did grab the third when Logan palmed Kitson's shot to the feet of Nugent.

The former Burnley striker's initial effort was blocked by Logan but he kept his head to slot in the rebound from a tight angle.

And straight from the restart Pompey were four up, Nugent winning the ball back and playing in Kitson to chip over Logan and into the net.

Howard bundled in a consolation from a goalmouth scramble, but some more generous defending allowed Kitson to tap in number five.

And Brown capped a memorable night with a stunning solo effort in the last minute as some of the gloom finally began to lift around Fratton Park.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 42 90
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
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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