Leeds loses at home to Portsmouth

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Portsmouth virtually guaranteed safety by winning 2-1 at Leeds United today and pushed Eddie Gray's struggling team closer to division one.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Portsmouth virtually guaranteed safety by winning 2-1 at Leeds United today and pushed Eddie Gray's struggling team closer to division one. Nigerian striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Congolese international Lomana LuaLua put Pompey 2-0 ahead before Ian Harte replied for Leeds with a penalty seven minutes from the end. The result gives Harry Redknapp's men, promoted last season, 40 points which is eight clear of the danger zone with games running out. Leeds' 19th loss of the league campaign leaves Gray's team second from last with 32, three points fewer than Manchester City which is one place higher. "I've been in football a long time and this is probably one of the biggest disappointments I've had," said Gray, a former Scottish international who helped Leeds win league titles in 1969 and '74. "I've got to be realistic. Look at the table and we're not in a healthy position. But we're not going to give up. We need to get a few results. It'll have to be nine points if we are to survive." Last place Wolves gained a 2-2 tie at neighbour Birmingham but appears to be doomed. Colin Cameron gave Dave Jones' team a surprise lead at St.Andrews but Mikael Forssell scored his 17th goal of the season for Birmingham and Clinton Morris put Steve Bruce's men 2-1 ahead. Carl Cort made it 2-2 15 minutes from the end but Wolves really needed a victory and, with 29 points, remains six points off the safety zone with just three games to play. The loss of two points at home meant that ninth place Birmingham has gone five games without a victory and its hopes of a place in European competition next week are fading. The top games of the day kicked off later with Arsenal hoping it could clinch its second title in three seasons with a victory at neighbour Tottenham. First of all, however, it had to rely on second place Chelsea failing to beat Newcastle at St James' Park. The Gunners went into the game at White Hart Lane nine points clear of the Blues and with a game in hand. In yesterday's games, Liverpool scored a 1-0 victory at third place Manchester United thanks to a Danny Murphy penalty. The other results were Everton 0, Blackburn 1; Fulham 2, Charlton 0; Leicester 1, Manchester City 1; Middlesbrough 1, Aston Villa 2; Southampton 1, Bolton 2. The Leicester-Man City game at the Walkers Stadium was marred by a mass brawl after referee Andy D'Urso had awarded the home team a late penalty. Players from both teams also left the benches to swap blows and had to be separated by security staff and the incident likely will lead to a Football Association investigation. (AP)

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