LIVE: JPT Final
Hello, I’m Jeff Stelling and welcome to Sky Sports live coverage of the 2013/14 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final live here from Wembley Stadium, London. It’s Portsmouth vs Tranmere Rovers in this League 2 vs League 1 clash. With me today to discuss all the action is former Portsmouth hero Guy Whittingham.
Guy, what are you expecting from these two sides in today’s encounter? “Well, we know both teams love to attack so expect lots of opportunities today for both sides, however Tranmere are known to be a more direct physical team whereas Pompey will try to get the ball down and play good football. It will be a battle of two different playing styles so it should be very interesting”
It’s Joshua Hull’s first-appearance in a cup final so he is bound to feel the pressure and nerves getting to him. Earlier today we sent Peter Stranger (LFC)
to catch up with the Portsmouth manager.
”Hello Josh, thanks for taking the time to speak to us.
”So how are you feeling ahead of this game?”
”Confident but naturally very excited and nervous at the opportunity to manage a team in a final at such a great stadium like Wembley. It should be a fantastic occasion!”
”Your side has been in great form this season and have been working at a very high level. Having played on Tuesday is your team fully prepared and fit for this game?”
”Of course. They are professional football players and all have superb fitness. We are fully prepared and have been looking forward to this game for a while.”
”Finally, what is your opinion of your opponents today and there manager Ronnie Moore?”
”Tranmere are obviously are a good side as they are a league above us and they have some good players in their team. Ronnie has done a good job and I look forward to facing him this afternoon.”
All the best for the game, Josh.
Guy, you were the predecessor to Josh at Portsmouth. If you were still the manager how would you be preparing the team for a day like today? “I’ll tell you now we wouldn’t be in the Final (laughs) !! In all seriousness, I would be calming towards the players and trying to not make them feel any pressure as if it was just a normal game not a cup Final at Wembley.”
Thanks for your views Guy but now it’s time to join our touchline reporter Chris Kamara as he has all the team news.
“Here’s how the two teams are lining up today.”
”Strong lineups from both sides however both teams are missing key players with Tranmere top goalscorer Ryan Lowe not in the squad (which is UNBELIEVABLE JEFF) and Portsmouth forward and captain David Connolly ruled out due to injury. There is no place in the Portsmouth side for vice-captain Johnny Ertl as he is replaced by Romain Padovani in central midfield due to his good form recently. Padovani’s partner in midfield Simon Ferry returns to the side replacing Ryan Hall after his return to match fitness. Experienced Tranmere center-half Paul Reid only has a spot on the bench.
Thanks Kammy. Now Guy, a quick score prediction. “ I would have to back my former side Pompey and go 2 – 1, despite being a league lower than Tranmere they have some good players who can make a difference in the game.”
It’s now time to join our match-day commentators, Martin Tyler and Alan Smith.
MT: Welcome to Wembley for the JPT Final between Portsmouth and Tranmere Rovers. By my side today is Alan Smith. Alan, you played at the Old Wembley before, how will the players be feeling as they walk out that tunnel?
AS: Naturally, playing in front of lots of people at one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world is going to make you nervous but Guy spoke about keeping the players calm and that is what both managers would have done.
MT: Here we go, the teams are out and the ball is on the spot. This should be an exciting game.
1’ Portsmouth get the game underway.
11’ Good passing play from Portsmouth. The ball is played in to Craddock…he opens his body up…and shoots…but the shot rises over the bar.
28’ Kirby on the ball for Tranmere…he shoots but it is well blocked by Bradley. Tranmere regain possesion and continue to attack Portsmouth…another shot again blocked by Sonny Bradley of Pompey. Reselient defending from Portsmouth and Tranmere just can’t break Pompey down.
35’ Agyemang holds up the ball expertly and plays it to Craddock…who shoots first time….but it bounces wide.
42’ Craddock again in possesion in the final third for Pompey…he shoots…but again fails to test the Tranmere goalkeeper Williams.
46’ Tranmere get the second half underway.
63’ Stockton plays in Gardner. GREAT CHANCE!! But Gardner hits it wide
64’ Padovani with a short pass into Craddock, he plays a great ball through to Agyemang. GREAT CHANCE!! But Agyemang fires his shot just wide.
75’ Padovani has commited a foul and he has already been booked. The referee shows a second yellow card to Padovani AND HE IS OFF!! Portsmouth are down to 10 men.
79’ Akpa-Akpro for Tranmere. He shimmies away from his man…and hits it….GOAL!! Tranmere take the lead. Portsmouth face an uphill battle now to get back into the game with 10 men on the pitch and 11 minutes remaining.
86’ N’Gala wins the ball for Portsmouth in their own half. He plays the ball up towards Agyemang… who takes the ball down terrifically…and slips it into Craddock who has gone one on one with the goalkeeper…he shoots…GOAL!! Tom Craddock equalises for 10 men Pompey with 4 minutes plus injury time remaining.
87’ James Rowe has given away a freekick and he has already received a booking. HE IS OFF!! Tranmere are down to 10 men.
90’ Joe Devera with some magnificent dribbling...he puts in a cross to the far post…GOAL!! It is bundled in by Agyemang. Unbelievable! Agyemang has won it for Pompey in the last minute.
90+2 The referee blows for full time. Portsmouth are JPT champions.
Portsmouth 2 – 1 Tranmere Rovers
Well, what a game we have just witnessed! Now let’s have a quick word with winning manager Joshua Hull.
”What do you have to say after that win, Josh?
”It was a fantastic comeback from the lads. Their commitment and effort could not be faulted today and all credit goes to my players today”.
There you go Portsmouth are the winners of the JPT for the 2013/14 season. I’m Jeff Stelling and thanks for tuning in.