Friday 22 February 2013

On this day: Defoe penalty seals victory for Portsmouth

  • Sunderland's Kenwyne Jones and Portsmouth's Papa Bouba Diop challenge for the ball

  • Sunderland's Michael Chopra tries to get past Lassana Diarra of Portsmouth

  • Jermain Defoe is congratulated after scoring the decisive penalty with 21 minutes to go

  • The victory moved Portsmouth up to seventh place in the Barclays Premier League table

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On this day: Review of February

23 Feb 2008: Portsmouth 1-0 Sunderland

Portsmouth moved up to seventh in the Barclays Premier League after Jermain Defoe's second-half penalty was enough to secure victory against Sunderland at Fratton Park.

Defoe fired home from the spot with 21 minutes to go after Phil Bardsley fouled Nico Kranjcar in the penalty area to give manager Harry Redknapp the perfect result in his 100th match in charge of the club.

Pompey were only three points off the UEFA Champions League qualification places after the win while Sunderland were down in 15th after their 10th away defeat on the bounce.

Redknapp's team would go on to complete an historic season for Portsmouth by winning the FA Cup against Cardiff City at Wembley.

The South Coast side finished eighth in the Barclays Premier League during the 2007/08 campaign - their best ever finish since the League's formation in 1992 - and they qualified for the Europa League thanks to their exploits in the FA Cup.

Defoe was signed by Pompey from Tottenham Hotspur in the 2008 January transfer window and his impact was evident with the winner against the Black Cats. The England international striker scored an impressive eight goals in 12 Premier League matches after his arrival that season, and he netted a further seven times the following campaign before returning to Spurs to work under Harry Redknapp once more.

The forward has scored 122 Premier League goals to date and has scored 10 times in the League in the current season under the guidance of Andre Villas-Boas.

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