Jerome hammers nails into Portsmouth's coffin
The euphoria that followed Saturday's FA Cup quarter final victory was quickly replaced by the resumption of Portsmouth's countdown to relegation. Cameron Jerome's first-half goals extracted early revenge for Birmingham for their weekend defeat, while Avram Grant's side were left with a reminder that their time in the Premier League is almost certainly drawing to a close.
Cameron Jerome strikes twice as Birmingham take revenge on Portsmouth
After giddy success comes Portsmouth's agonising reality check. The optimism whipped up by Saturday's unlikely progress into the FA Cup semi-finals was sucked from the club by a defeat here which leaves them adrift and despairing at the foot of the table. The locals departed with a defiant chorus proclaiming their imminent return to Wembley, but this team had come back down to earth with a juddering bump.
Portsmouth 1 Birmingham City 2
Portsmouth are not going down without a fight. Unfortunately, the thing about throwing caution to the wind is that outside Hollywood it tends to only end one way.
Birmingham City returned to Fratton Park for the second time in 72 hours, and poured cold water over Portsmouth’s revitalising gunslinger, taking-you-with-me mentality, climbing back up to eighth place in the Premier League in the process.
Cameron Jerome double puts Portsmouth back on the ropes
The FA Cup is a sweet dream that seems ever more distant from the nightmare of Portsmouth’s Barclays Premier League season.
They overcame Birmingham City superbly in Saturday’s quarter-final at Fratton Park, but on Tuesday night brought the same opponents to the same venue for a very different result.