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What The Papers Say
By: Bill Osborne
With the FA Cup ties taking the headlines this weekend, we have taken a look around the papers to see how they reported the Grimsby Town victory over Portsmouth. Many took the news from the wire and had virtually the same story. Here are a selection of the best.
Grimsby fought off a second half challenge from Portsmouth to grab three vital points in their fight again relegation. The Mariners looked to be cruising when they went 2-0 up through Kevin Donovan and Steve Livingstone but, inspired by player-boss Steve Claridge, Pompey staged a second half revival, pulling a goal back through Lee Bradbury. And it was only a great save by Danny Coyne from Bradbury that denied the visitors a point.
Grimsby Evening Telegraph
Grimsby Town brought the smiles back to the fans faces with a gritty but much-needed winning performance against Portsmouth.
The Mariners, playing some superb football in a 4-4-2 formation, raced into a two-goal half-time lead.
But they were knocked out of their stride when Pompey pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute and had to draw on all their reserves of courage and energy to hold on for the points.
In the day's other First Division contest, Kevin Donovan and Steve Livingstone bagged a goal each in the space of three first-half minutes as Grimsby beat Portsmouth 2-1 at Blundell Park.
Lee Bradbury replied for Pompey after 72nd minutes - but they could not find the equaliser and The Mariners held on for a welcome three points.
Grimsby dragged themselves out of the relegation quagmire by grabbing three vital points over fellow Division One strugglers Portsmouth.
The Mariners looked to be cruising when they went 2-0 up through strikes by Kevin Donovan and Steve Livingstone, but had to withstand a second-half onslaught from Portsmouth to claim the points.
Lee Bradbury's strike after 72 minutes set up a tense finale and it was only a great save by Danny Coyne from Bradbury that denied Steve Claridge's men a point.
Grimsby resisted a strong second half showing from Portsmouth to claim three vital points in their fight against relegation.
The Mariners seemed to be cruising when they went 2-0 up through Kevin Donovan and Steve Livingstone.
But, inspired by player-manager Steve Claridge, Pompey staged a second half revival, pulling a goal back through Lee Bradbury in the 72nd minute.
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