YNWA takes a look back at our past knock-out and friendly encounters as we prepare to face Portsmouth in the Final of the Barclays Asia Trophy on Friday.
We won our FA Cup Fourth Round tie on the south coast 2-1 in January 2006, in a Sunday night fixture screened live on the BBC. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from the spot following a Dejan Stefanovic handball before a John Arne Riise rocket handed us a two goal half-time lead. Sean Davis headed Pompey back into the game, but we held on for the win. Jan Kromkamp made his first start in this match.
Our first friendly encounter took place in May 1952, shortly after we had finished eleventh in the First Division. We lost 2-0 at Fratton Park to a side who had finished five points and seven places above us. Phil Neal netted from the spot, with Ian Rush on target twice as we won 3-0 at Third Division Pompey in August 1982.
Also recently in the Cup
We drew 1-1 at Anfield in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup in February 2004. Michael Owen bagged his 150th reds goal to give us the lead after just ninety seconds. However, we were made to rue a series of missed chances when Pompey substitute Matthew Taylor took the tie to a replay.
In the replay at Fratton Park exactly a week later, Michael Owen had a penalty saved as we lost 1-0 thanks to a Richard Hughes strike. This was Owen's eighth miss in 21 penalties.
Off to Wembley
Our first meetings with Pompey in the FA Cup came at the Semi-final stage in April 1992. The first game was played at Highbury, and was goalless after ninety minutes, before the young Darren Anderton put the Second Division side ahead with less than ten minutes remaining after we were reduced to ten men following Steve McManaman's injury, as we had already made both our permitted changes. Ronnie Whelan netted an equaliser with just four minutes left on the clock, his only goal of the season, after Alan Knight had pushed a John Barnes free-kick onto the post.
The replay was played at Villa Park eight days later, with Ronnie Moran in charge of the reds following Graeme Souness's triple heart bypass surgery. This time, the game finished without score even after the full two hours, and so it became the first Semi-final to be decided by penalties, with John Barnes and Ian Rush converting, before Dean Saunders netted the decisive kick, as we won 3-1.
First cup encounter
We first met Pompey in a knock-out competition when we were drawn together in the League Cup Fourth Round in October 1980, on our way to our winning this trophy for the first time. They were in the old Third Division at the time, and we comfortably triumphed 4-1 at Anfield, with Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness on target, and David Johnson netting a brace.