Anniversary of Pompey’s famous Demolition Derby

Lualua scores his second goal in Pompey's famous 4-1 win against Southampton

Lualua scores his second goal in Pompey's famous 4-1 win against Southampton

Michael Eisner. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Hard as it seems to believe, it was ten years ago today that Pompey scored one of the sweetest victories in their history.

Fans celebrated long and hard after Southampton were sent packing from Fratton Park on April 24, 2005 after a 4-1 drubbing.

It was a one-sided battering as Pompey sent their south coast rivals to the brink of the drop

A match that will live long in the memory of those who were there to see it was effectively over inside 27 astonishing minutes of action as Pompey made sure it was a Demolition Derby to remember.

With feelings running high and both teams embroiled in a battle against relegation from the Premiership, the return of Harry Redknapp to Fratton Park as Southampton boss cranked up the rivalry to fever pitch.

But as a game, it was a one-sided battering as Pompey sent their south coast rivals to the brink of the drop - with their relegation then confirmed on the final day of the season.

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Read our 2005 match report here

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Southampton’s former Pompey star Peter Crouch was ruled out just minutes before kick-off as he pulled a hamstring in the warm-up and the visitors were caught cold as Alain Perrin’s side ran riot.

The man to orchestrate it was DR Congo international Lomana Lualua who scored twice and won a penalty in his most famous hour for the club.

His first contribution arrived inside four minutes as Southampton goalkeeper Antti Niemi crashed into the striker on his way to goal for a cast-iron penalty.

Yakubu despatched the spot-kick with his trademark nonchalance and it opened the floodgates as Pompey then ran Southampton ragged.

The Blues made it 2-0 when Arjan De Zeeuw powered home a header from Patrick Berger’s free-kick as Fratton Park erupted once again.

Henri Camara pulled one back for the visitors as his low shot flashed past Jamie Ashdown to briefly threaten a comeback.

But Pompey simply went up another gear to put the result beyond doubt, with Lualua notching his double, first taking advantage of another Niemi error to loft his shot into an unguarded net when the keeper was caught off limits for 3-1.

And, despite clearly struggling with a hamstring injury, Lualua then made it 4-1 as he fired home an unstoppable shot via the post - his last contribution as he was then substituted straight afterwards.

With Pompey fans adopting their own chant mocking their rivals to the chart-topping record Is This The Way To Amarillo, it was not music to Redknapp’s ears as the majority of the 20,210 sang in unison.

While the second half was far less eventful, Pompey had opportunities to extend their lead but Ashdown made a save to deny Nigel Quashie and ensure him and his new club would taste defeat against his former team-mates.

It was enough to virtually secure Pompey’s survival and was sweet revenge on Redknapp and Co.

POMPEY: Jamie Ashdown, Andy Griffin, Dejan Stefanovic, Arjan De Zeeuw, Matthew Taylor, Steve Stone, Gary O’Neil, Richard Hughes, Patrik Berger (Aliou Cisse, 57), Lomana Lualua (Diomansy Kamara, 28), Yakubu (Giannis Skopelitis, 78). Unused subs: Shaka Hislop, Ricardo Fuller.

SOUTHAMPTON: Antti Niemi, Paul Telfer, Claus Lundekvam, Andreas Jakobsson, Danny Higginbotham, Rory Delap, Jamie Redknapp, Matt Oakley (Olivier Bernard, 46), Nigel Quashie, Henri Camara, Kevin Phillips. Unused subs: Paul Smith, Calum Davenport, Anders Svensson, Mikael Nilsson.

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