Match 39
10th February 1981
Portsmouth (a)

Match Report by GRAHAM BAKER

Portsmouth 5 Exeter 0


EXETER'S FA Cup build-up was thrown into confusion by a Pompey goal riot and a cruel injury to Tony Kellow. Kellow, the country's top domestic marksman with 25 goals, limped off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury in the fifty- second minute. He now faces a fitness fight before Exeter's fifth round trip to Newcastle on Saturday. And his his injury signalled the start of a goal spree by Pompey which sends their promotion hopes soaring. Pompey had taken an eleventh minute lead through a header by Steve Bryant but there was so sign of a rout. Then Kellow hobbled off clutching the back of his leg to be replaced by Lee Roberts in an veter side already suffering severe injury problems. But Pompey suddenly came alive as Mick Tait. signed from Hull for £100,000, scored a hat- trick between the sixty-second and sixty-seventh minutes. Exeter was still reeling from Tait's treble when Billy Rafferty blasted a tremendous fifth goal two minutes later. Now Exeter manager Brian Godfrey must hope that skipper John Delve, goalkeeper Len Bond and Kellow can shake off their injuries by Saturday.





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