Previous encounters: Portsmouth

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James Bird December 10, 2011

Burnley have historically won their home games against Portsmouth but it is now 29 years since they last triumphed over Pompey at Turf Moor, writes James Bird.

Last time out

Steve Cotterill and David Nugent made returns to Turf Moor in April and it was a goal from Nugent that ruined the Clarets’ day. Burnley were on a three game winning streak before Pompey visited. The day also marked a celebration of Graham Alexander who had made his 1000th performance in the previous weeks, as both teams provided a guard of honour for the Clarets skipper before he was presented with a trophy on the field. It was a first half devoid of clear cut chances with Chris McCann, in his Turf Moor return, the first to force a save half an hour into the clash. Pompey took the lead 12 minutes into the second half as veteran striker Kanu squared the ball to Nugent, who fired it into the top corner. Burnley’s equaliser came through Chris Eagles as he turned inside and struck a beautiful left footed effort into the top corner on 74 minutes. The Clarets pushed for a winner, but it was not to be that day.

Burnley 1 – 1 Portsmouth. 25 April 2011.

One for us

29 years ago Portsmouth visited Turf Moor in February. Burnley ran out 3-0 winners that day with goals from Steve Taylor, Michael Phelan and Derek Scott and that’s still the last time that Burnley have conquered Pompey at the Turf.

Burnley 3 – 0 Portsmouth. 27 February 1982.

One for them

Portsmouth visited Turf Moor in February 2010 in what was very much a Premier League survival clash for Laws’ Clarets. Frederic Piquionne had put the visitors ahead in the first half before Martin Paterson scored a delightful lob over David James. Clarke Carlisle conceded a penalty 10 minutes into the second half as he brought down Piquionne but Brian Jensen was equal to the Jamie O’Hara penalty as he guessed the right way. Burnley were looking the better side but then with just 15 minutes left in the game Carlisle again conceded a penalty, this time tripping John Utaka. Unfortunately for the Clarets, Jensen couldn’t save Hassan Yebda’s effort from 12 yards. Ricardo Rocha was dismissed for Pompey late on but Burnley’s efforts weren’t enough and Portsmouth got only their second away win in 27 attempts.

Burnley 1 – 2 Portsmouth. 27 February 2010.

Head-to-head at the Turf

Burnley – 17 wins, 51 goals.

Biggest win – 4-0, 20 March 1973.

Portsmouth – six wins, 29 goals.

Biggest win – 3-0, 26 October 2002.

Draws – five.

Worth noting

Can Burnley end both points worth noting?

Can Eddie’s men continue their march on up the league? Comment on the right.