FA Cup semi-final, Sunday, April 11, 2010.
The bookies had Pompey down as 11/1 underdogs, but Avram Gran’s heroes made a mockery of those odds to rip up the form book at Wembley. Spurs, Harry Redknapp and their array of former Blues players were sent packing in the most memorable of days at the home of football. The Londoners were 44 points above Grant’s men in the Premier League table and Pompey’s relegation from the top flight had been confirmed 24 hours earlier. But none of that mattered as 35,000 jubilant supporters revelled in their sides’ success. Pompey’s performance proved a gritty, hard-working performance as Grant’s side rewrote the ProZone record books with their hard running on a heavy Wembley surface. It was extra-time before the deadlock was broken as Frederic Piquionne sniffed out a chance and made no mistake, when Michael Dawson slipped clearing Marc Wilson’s free-kick. Pompey were in dreamland 13 minutes from the end of extra-time after Wilson Palacios fouled Aruna Dindane, and Prince Boateng buried the resulting spot-kick.
That really got the party started under the arch and sealed a win many of the Fratton faithful regard as their side’s best at Wembley.
POMPEY: James; Mullins (Hughes 119), Mokoena, Rocha, Finnan; Wilson; Dindane, Yebda (Utaka 87), Brown, Boateng; Piquionne (Bouba Diop 112). SPURS: Gomes; Bale, Dawson, Bassong, Corluka; Bentley 4 (Kranjcar 79), Huddlestone (Gudjohnsen 102), Palacios, Modric; Crouch, Defoe (Pavlyuchenko 59).