Sheffield United had a chime to forget at Fratton Park, on the wrong end of the 3-0 scoreline.
PortsmoutH might be destined for relegation but there was an air of celebration around Fratton Park before kick-off this afternoon.
Instead, United found themselves gate crashing a private party as near capacity crowd celebrated the club’s takeover by a supporters’ trust during the moments before kick-off and that was a sign of what was about to unfold.
With the crowd cranking-up the decibel levels, this was clearly an occasion when United’s mental and physical fortitude would be put to the test.
Kitson, in particular, was the subject of some unsavoury chants whenever he touched the ball.
Portsmouth’s followers were not behaving like folk preparing for the drop.
And neither, in truth, were their players.
A fact they underlined by scoring two goals in two frantic minutes.
First, in the 21st, COOPER got the better of McMahon at the back post and headed home Agyemang’s lofted cross following fine work by Wallace.
Then, almost immediately after the re-start, CONNOLLY stole in front of his marker at the near post to prod home Wallace’s low cross.
United’s back four, stunned by turn the half had taken, looked at sixes and sevens at the back.
Chris Morgan, watching events unfold on the touchline, looked positively furious as the former Feyenoord marksman blasted another attempt into the side-netting as Portsmouth sensed a third.
They only had to wait nine minutes for it to arrive though.
This time, in the 32nd, Connolly’s cross was allowed to trundle across the area and leave WALLACE with the simplest of finishes.
“You might was well go home,” taunted the jubilant home crowd. Some of their counterparts in the away end did.