Pompey send Donny down

Sat, 14 Apr 18:48:36 2012

Portsmouth somehow kept their npower Championship survival hopes alive with two goals in the final moments of a dramatic 4-3 victory at the Keepmoat Stadium that relegated 10-man Doncaster.

Substitute Marco Futacs struck an injury-time winner just seconds after Dave Kitson had appeared to handball over the line to draw his side level.

It was harsh on Rovers who had been in control after Habib Beye and Fabien Robert netted in the opening five minutes but a chaotic game turned on the questionable dismissal of Beye on the hour.

Kitson fell theatrically under pressure from the veteran Senegalese to give away a penalty that Greg Halford netted before converting a second spot-kick moments later drew his side level.

The drama continued though as James Coppinger immediately fired Doncaster ahead, which would have kept Rovers up and relegated Pompey, until a barely believable finish that left the home fans hooting their disapproval at the end.

By contrast the few hundred travelling Pompey fans remained singing after the whistle having avoided what would have been the latest sorry chapter in their recent history.


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