What’s more surprising that being the shock FA Cup winners? Getting to the final again.
For Portsmouth, this is a story they know too well. After claiming the FA Cup in 2008 in a surprise run to the final that saw the south coast side claim their first piece of silverware in over 70 years, Pompey managed to get to final yet again in somehow more dramatic fashion than what they achieved two years ago.
Although there weren’t any giant killings on their way to the final, the way they won their matches is something to behold. A 90th-minute equaliser from Stephen Wright and a 120th-minute winner from Aaron Mokoena in their third round replay against Coventry City was just a taster of what was to come.
A moment in time – Portsmouth, FA Cup final 2010
Four late goals against rivals Southampton saw Pompey enter the quarter-finals, and the semi-final against Spurs was won in extra-time with goals from Frederic Piquionne and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
And so the final beckoned again, although this time it wasn’t against another Championship side, it was against Premier League giants Chelsea, and unlike against Cardiff City, Portsmouth were dominated in the final.
Although Boateng came close to converting from the penalty spot had it not been for his lacklustre effort, Chelsea was unlucky to only win by one goal, that goal coming from Blues legend Didier Drogba in the 59th minute, sealing the west London club’s first ever English domestic double.
The Blues also had a penalty go astray during the game, and in the first-half Chelsea hit the woodwork five times as Carlo Ancelotti’s side somehow failed to score more than one goal in a game where Portsmouth was lucky to get nil.
The final was a sign of what was to happen next for Portsmouth. Financial problems tainted the club for years as the south coast side drop down the divisions all the way to League Two, where only now their fortunes have turned following their recent EFL Trophy win against Sunderland.
Most fans forget the other cup final Portsmouth were in, but for fans of the club, it was a signal of the end for the team and their golden years in the top-flight.