BARNSLEY didn’t manage an effort on target throughout the match as they lost 1-0 away at Portsmouth, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
A late strike from Kanu gifted Portsmouth a first home win since October in an otherwise dull encounter with Barnsley.
The Nigerian striker came on as a late substitute and provided Pompey with the cutting edge they had lacked for most of the match, firing past Luke Steele with 10 minutes remaining.
Barnsley had the first chance of the game after only two minutes, Danny Haynes latching onto a long ball but blasting over the bar.
Liam Lawrence then lofted a long ball for David Nugent, who found the space to force an impressive save from Steele.
In the ninth minute, Hayden Mullins made a mazy run into Barnsley’s half before crossing for Dave Kitson, who took the cross in his stride but fired just wide of goal.
Debutant David Cotterill was instrumental in multiple forays into Tykes territory, consistently displaying a range of deft touches on the left wing.
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FINAL SCORES: Saturday, Feb 19, 2011:
Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday (HT: 2-0) FT: 3-0
Crystal Palace v Sheffield United (HT: 0-0) FT: 1-0
Portsmouth v Barnsley (HT: 0-0) FT: 1-0
Swansea City v Doncaster Rovers (HT: 2-0) FT: 3-0
Npower League Two:
Rotherham United v Shrewsbury Town: Postponed.
Lincoln City v Chesterfield (HT: 0-1) FT: 0-2
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