Pompey 2 Aston Villa 1

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Premiership, August 16, 2003

Pompey’s first match in the Premiership ended in victory over Aston Villa at Fratton Park in front of a crowd of 20,101.

Teddy Sheringham curled a free-kick just wide before grabbing the Blues’ first Premiership goal in the 42nd minute.

Amdy Faye fed a pass through to Yakubu who saw his side-footed shot saved by Thomas Sorensen but Sheringham followed up to crash home the loose ball.

David O’Leary sent his Villa side out five minutes early for the second half in a bid to get them firing.

But it was Pompey who were the quickest out of the blocks and their dominance was rewarded on 63 minutes when Patrik Berger worked his way around Alpay and poked a left-foot shot past Sorensen for 2-0.

Gareth Barry pulled a goal back from the penalty spot six minutes from time after being fouled by Boris Zivkovic.

But Pompey were not to be denied as they got their top-flight campaign off to the best possible start to prove they would be no whipping boys.

POMPEY: Shaka Hislop, Boris Zivkovic, Arjan de Zeeuw, Amdy Faye, Hayden Foxe, Dejan Stefanovic, Steve Stone, Nigel Quashie, Yakubu (Vincent Pericard), Teddy Sheringham, Patrik Berger.

ASTON VILLA: Thomas Sorensen, Mark Delaney, Jloyd Samuel, Gavin McCann, Ronny Johnsen, Alpay, Lee Hendrie, Gareth Barry, Juan Pablo Angel (Peter Crouch), Marcus Allback, Peter Whittingham (Thomas Hitzlsperger).