Boateng proves a point

Pompey midfielder pleased to score against old club

Boateng: Proves a point

Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng says he wanted to score against Tottenham on Sunday to prove a point.

The 23-year-old former Spurs player was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund shortly after Harry Redknapp's arrival at White Hart Lane before he moved to Pompey, and he returned to haunt his former manager at Wembley.

Already-relegated Pompey managed to beat the North Londoners 2-0 in their FA Cup semi-final, with Boateng sealing the win with a late spot-kick.

It sparked an outpouring of emotion from players, fans and manager Avram Grant, who have been through a chaotic season at Fratton Park.

Boateng admits the goal was extra sweet for personal reasons and admits he was trying his utmost to get on the scoresheet.

Best option

"In a month you can't show a new gaffer who comes in what you can do," he said.

"I tried my best and it was not good enough for him so it was better for me to leave.

"It was my decision to leave, I wanted to go to Portsmouth. I knew what position they were in but I saw it as my chance to play football.

"It was so emotional to score, especially as everyone knows that it was not going very well for me at Spurs.

"So I showed the people that it was a bit wrong to let me go.

"I just wanted to show what I can do. I just wanted to show how good I am. I tried my best to do it. Some people said I did it, some people said not."

Portsmouth will look to defy the odds once more when they take on Chelsea in the cup final in May.