Ten-man Potters pinch Pompey win

Diao – scoring his first league goal in approaching eight years –

rifled in a last-gasp winner to break Pompey’s hearts after Robert

Huth had earlier headed in an equaliser for the 10-man visitors

following Frederic Piquionne’s first-half opener for the troubled

hosts. Pompey enjoyed more possession in the first period and Nadir

Belhadj nearly gave them the lead when his 20-yard scorcher just

whistled over the bar after 25 minutes. Quincy Owusu-Abeyie’s power

and pace caused Stoke plenty of problems on the left side and he

played a huge part in helping Pompey break the deadlock after 35

minutes when he played a slick one-two with Jamie O’Hara on the

edge of the Stoke box, before unleashing a powerful, low effort

which Thomas Sorensen could only push across goal, with Piquionne

first on the scene to net the rebound. The Lyon loanee’s effort

turned up the volume at Fratton Park, but Tuncay nearly levelled

for the visitors five minutes before the break when he twisted,

turned and made space on the left-hand side of the Pompey box, but

goalkeeper David James beat his effort away. Stoke came out in more

determined fashion after the break and levelled after 50 minutes

when a right-wing corner picked out Huth and the giant German rose

highest to head in his third league goal of the season. But Stoke’s

cause was not helped when Andy Wilkinson was sent for an early bath

after he picked up his second bookable offence in the 73rd minute.

Both sides went in search of a winner, and it arrived for Stoke in

stoppage time when Ricardo Fuller’s mazy run picked out Diao and he

blasted in to help the Potters to only their second away win this

season and consolidate 11th place. Pompey remain bottom and are

eight points from safety.