Portsmouth out of FA cup

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/F/Football.jpg' class='caption'> Peter Crouch rolled home a penalty in the third minute of injury time for a 2-1 victory as Portsmouth was knocked out of the FA Cup.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:48 IST
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Peter Crouch rolled home a penalty in the third minute of injury time for a 2-1 victory as Southampton manager Harry Redknapp saw his new team knock former club Portsmouth out of the FA Cup. By contrast, Wayne Rooney scored two spectacular goals as defending champion Manchester United outplayed Middlesbrough 3-0 to reach the last 16. Dramatic finish In a dramatic finish to a tense game, 10-man Portsmouth appeared to be holding on for a replay with the Saints when a cross by David Prutton struck Matt Taylor high on the arm. The linesman signalled a penalty while the Portsmouth defender protested the ball had struck him on the shoulder and Pompey players surrounded the officials while referee Steve Bennett consulted the linesman. He eventually awarded the spot kick and Crouch, a former Portsmouth player, shot coolly past debut-making Greek goalkeeper Konstantinos Chalkias. It was a cruel ending for the Portsmouth players who had created better chances in the game and should have gained at least a tie. Rooney strikes Manchester United's game against Middlesbrough was one-sided with the Reds created plenty of chances. John O'Shea put Alex Ferguson's men ahead in the 10th minute before Rooney produced his high quality strikes. The teenager audaciously lobbed a long-range shot over Boro goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer for the second goal and powered a first-time volley past the 'keeper from the edge of the area for the third. In other fourth round games, Arsenal beat League Championship Wolves 2-0 and West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham tied 1-1. Charlton labored to beat League Two leader Yeovil 3-2 and Fulham was held to a 1-1 tie by League One Derby at Pride Park. Easy wins But there were easy victories for Blackburn, Everton and Newcastle over teams from the lower divisions. Blackburn beat Colchester 3-0, Everton outplayed Sunderland 3-0 and Newcastle scored a 3-1 victory over Coventry. Premier League leader Chelsea hosts Birmingham City today when League Two Oldham, which knocked Manchester City out in the third round, hopes to upset another Premier League neighbour, Bolton Wanderers. In a red hot atmosphere at St. Mary's, Redknapp, who left Portsmouth six weeks ago only to move down the road to Southampton, was the target of the visiting fans who repeatedly shouted "Judas" at their former manager. "It was a difficult day for me all round really," said Redknapp, who shook hands with players from both teams after the game and had security staff by his side. "I think when you've had such a fantastic time at a club as I had and get on so great with all the players as I do it's always difficult. One or two people said some silly things but there wasn't a problem. "Pompey supporters have got the needle with me now because of what happened but maybe I don't deserve the stick I have been getting from them recently." Matt Oakley had fired Saints ahead in the 54th minute only for Nigerian striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu to level three minutes later from the penalty spot. Portsmouth was reduced to 10 men when Diomansy Kamara was sent off 18 minutes from the end for two yellow cards. Patrick Vieira broke the Wolves resistance at Highbury with a penalty and, after visiting goalkeeper Paul Oakes had made four standout saves, Fredrik Ljungberg added the second for the Gunners. Blackburn, Newcastle advance An amazing own goal by Colchester defender Steve Watson, whose back pass was completely missed by goalkeeper Aidan Davison, put Blackburn on the way to victory at Ewood Park. American striker Jemal Johnson scored his first goal for Rovers and Dominic Matteo added the third. Alan Shearer's 20th goal in 30 FA Cup games put Newcastle on the road to victory over Coventry while James Beattie scored one of Everton's three against Sunderland at Goodison Park. Charlton controlled most of its game against Yeovil, which has a history of cup upsets, but was run close by the League Two side. Paul Terry, brother of Chelsea and England defender John Terry, leveled for Yeovil and Arron Davies' second goal for 3-2 made it a tense finish for the Addicks. Marcus Tudgay's goal for Derby threatened an upset but Fulham hit back through substitute Collins John seconds after he had entered the game. West Brom, last in the Premier League, went ahead against Spurs at the Hawthorns through Rob Earnshaw's first goal of the season but Martin Jol's team hit back through a Jermain Defoe penalty for a replay. (AP)

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