Prince so proud of Pompey penalty

Pompey’s long-suffering fans were finally given something to cheer

about when their side emerged 2-0 winners from an open game which

went into extra-time at Wembley on Sunday. Portsmouth, relegated

from the Premier League the previous day, went ahead through

Frederic Piquionne before Boateng beat Heurelho Gomes from the spot

to seal Pompey’s second FA Cup final appearance in three seasons.

Boateng, who started just 10 games in a torrid two-year spell at

Spurs, admits he will relish watching the moment he held his nerve

to stroke the ball past Gomes for years to come. “It was the most

important goal of my career,” the midfielder said. “I have a lot of

friends who will have recorded the match so I will watch it tonight

and then again tomorrow, I’ll never get bored of watching it go in.

“There were so many emotions that came up when I went to take that

penalty that it was unbelievable. I didn’t have much luck when I

was at Tottenham so that also made it a little bit more special.

“It was the second best feeling of my life after my son being born.

It was the perfect day for me.” Portsmouth’s win, which came

against the club’s old boss Harry Redknapp, set up a final date

with Premier League leaders Chelsea next month. Last month Carlo

Ancelotti’s men tore Portsmouth apart 5-0 at Fratton Park but

Boateng insists his side can still pull off a shock when the two

sides meet at Wembley on May 15, however. “I can promise you that

we won’t be beaten 5-0 again,” said the 23-year-old. “We won’t be

the same team when we go out there. It’s a big game, we’ll stick

together and focus and they won’t beat us 5-0. “It’ll be a full

house again and if we have the supporters behind us again like they

were today in the final then it’ll be 50/50. It’s a cup final and

we can win it.” Boateng had been sidelined with an ankle injury for

two months before the game and he saluted his boss Avram Grant for

providing him with the inspiration to get through the 120 minutes

of play. “I have no idea how I managed to get through today,”

Boateng admitted. “I think I just had the confidence in my head

because the gaffer was behind me. He told me I could do it. “He

asked me if I was okay after 90 minutes and I said I was, so he

replied: “okay, now I want to see you do more”. “That’s what he’s

like. He always wants to see more and that’s what made me believe I

could make it.”