Pompey List Eleven #1

Pompey List Eleven #1

What was the best goal scored during Pompey's Premier League years? Here's a magnificent 11 to choose from

Matt Taylor

vs Everton (Dec 2006)

Never one for simple tap-ins, Matt Taylor was the master of the long-range strike – don’t believe us? Just ask Tim Howard. His 14th minute 45-yard left foot volley lives long in the memory of all lucky enough to see it loop over the head of the rooted-to-the-spot Toffee’s keeper.

Alessandro D'Alessandro

vs Charlton (Apr 2006)

D’Alessandro was one of Redknapp’s more inspired loan signings, and the Argentine pocket rocket’s wonder goal against Charlton was testament to his genius. Receiving the ball on the right side of the box he toyed with the Addicks’ defence before exquisitely curling a left-foot shot into the top left-hand bin.

Noe Paramot

vs Newcastle (Nov 2007)

Pompey blitzed Newcastle into submission with three goals in the first 11 minutes of this away fixture at St James Park. Pick of the bunch was Noe Paramot’s vicious screamer that scorched Steve Harper’s fingertips before smashing into the roof of the net. 

Patrik Berger

vs Charlton (Aug 2004)

When he received the ball Patrik Berger was 30 yards from goal and with a Charlton midfielder right up his back, but a fantastically fluid turn and volley sent the ball looping over Dean Kiely’s head and the away support behind the goal into hysterics. World class personified.

Pedro Mendes

vs Man City (Mar 2006)

Pompey went into this home game with Man City staring relegation in the face. Mendes turned things around and sparked the Great Escape with a couple of fantastic goals. Both were great, but we’re going for the 90th minute tracer bullet of a strike that whistled past David James in the City goal before he could even move.

Niko Krancjar 

vs Birmingham (Nov 2007)

The talented Croatian often flattered to deceive in a Pompey shirt, but there is no doubting that he possessed a special talent. His fantastic free kick against Birmingham in a 2-0 away win bears witness to that, as he nonchalantly stepped up to the ball then gracefully powered it into the top corner.

Teddy Sheringham

vs Bolton (Aug 2003)

The old war horse rolled back the years and flexed his neck muscles to meet Zivkovic’s cross and artfully nod the ball past an outstretched Jaaskelainen in the Bolton goal. It formed part of a second half hat trick that took Pompey to the top of the Premier League table.

Matt Taylor

vs Sunderland (Oct 2005)

Taylor’s wonder strike at the Stadium of Light in a 4-1 away win was a near carbon copy of his goal against Everton. This time it was the hapless Kelvin Davis who saw the ball loop over his head from a curling howitzer some 45 yards out.

Lomana Lua Lua

vs Southampton (Apr 2005)

The Demolition Derby saw Lua Lua notch two great goals against the common foe and we’ve opted for the first. Patrick Berger’s raking long diagonal Niemi to run out of his area and flap at the ball, it lands at the Pompey man’s feet and he acrobatically lobs it back over the scuttling defence and into the goal. Sweet.

Glen Johnson 

vs Hull (Nov 2008)

If you want proof of the popular theory that Johnson is better going forward than he is defending then all you need to do is take a peek at this worldie of a goal. What made Glen Johnson’s dipping inch-perfect piledriver even more remarkable was that it was with his wrong foot. 

Sulley Muntari

vs Aston Villa (Dec 2007)

Not content with scorching one past the flailing Carson in the Villa goal from 25 yards in the first half, Sulley Muntari notched a brace with an even better second. First he robbed Reo-Coker off the ball before nutmegging Zat Knight and then drilling a low shot from outside the box into the bottom corner.