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Portsmouth leave it late


Portsmouth leave it late

Preston had so many chances to cause another FA cup shock this round, but the outstanding goalkeeping of David James - including a penalty save - sent Portsmouth into the next round of the FA Cup as Darren Carter smashed the ball into his own net in the 93rd minute.

An early effort by Portsmouth was parried by Preston keeper Andy Lonergan and, at the other end, England goalkeeper David James flapped at a Carter right-wing corner.

Whaley had a shot at a defender and then he hit the rebound well wide when he should have done better after 21 minutes.

Niko Kranjcar had a shot from a tight angle from 15 yards which went wide of the keeper's right-hand post and then he had a free header straight at the keeper.

In the 37th minute, Liam Chilvers fouled Nwankwo Kanu and Sulley Muntari hit a 25-yard free-kick which was tipped over the bar for a corner.

In the second half, Glen Johnson ran through before shooting straight at the keeper and a dangerous cross by Portsmouth from the left was touched by Youl Mawene, who nearly scored an own goal but Lonergan recovered to save.

In the 60th minute, Sylvain Distin fouled Billy Jones on the right-hand side of the penalty area and the referee gave a penalty.

The French defender left his foot in and tripped the midfielder which left referee Mike Dean with little option but to award a spot-kick.

However, Whaley hit a right foot penalty virtually straight at James, who did well to block the effort and then claim the loose ball.

In the third minute of added time, a Kranjcar corner caused confusion in the Preston six-yard box and Carter ended up firing the ball into his own net after first controlling on his chest and attempting to lash away a clearance.