January 30, 2007

Brief reports from Premier League matches on Tuesday:


Portsmouth had plenty of possession and created a fair number of chances but were made to settle for a point at Fratton Park after some dogged Boro defending.

Pompey came close twice in the first half through headers from striker Benjani Mwaruwari and defender Linvoy Primus, while midfielder Pedro Mendes tried his luck from distance after the break. England winger Stewart Dowming nearly a snatched win for the visitors with a late drive.


Reading came from a goal behind to inflict Wigan's ninth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

Former England striker Emile Heskey gave Wigan a dream start, turning on to a long ball forward and smashing it home with just three minutes on the clock. Reading striker Leroy Lita managed to miss with a header from six yards but made amends by providing the cross which set up Icelandic defender Ivar Ingimarsson for a 30th minute equaliser.

Shane Long popped up to put Reading in front in the 51st minute and Lita made no mistake at the end with a tap-in before Denny Landzaat scored for Wigan with the last kick of the game.


Neil Warnock's United side put more useful points between themselves and the drop zone after two quick goals midway through the first half.

Striker Jonathan Stead, who arrived from second division Derby County earlier this month, rifled his first goal for his new club into the roof of the Fulham net in the 23rd minute. Midfielder Michael Tonge added their second just five minutes later, steering home Alan Quinn's low cross.

You May Like