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Flahavan in scare for Ball braves; Portsmouth 5 Swindon 2.

PORTSMOUTH keeper Aaron Flahavan collapsed after having a blackout as Swindon's challenge was swept aside in a bizarre game at Fratton Park.

Flahavan dropped to the floor in dramatic fashion in the 75th minute as Swindon striker Ndah closed in on goal.

Ndah duly slotted the ball home past a motionless Flahavan to reduce the deficit to 4-2 and the keeper needed five minutes of treatment from St John Ambulance staff after fainting in his goalmouth.

Flahavan carried on to finish the game, which Pompey won with ease, but the highly rated youngster was later taken to hospital for a full check- up after being examined in the changing room after the game.

Pompey manager Ball said: "He doesn't remember anything about the incident. He just blacked out and lost his bearings. It could be a viral thing or something else.

"We won't know until he's been examined. It was just one of those things and was a bizarre goal, but I have no complaint that the goal was allowed to stand because the ref had not whistled play dead at that point."

And Ball had no complaints about his side's display as they crushed a below-par Swindon to banish the memory of two defeats in the week.

Two goals each from Australian striker Aloisi and Igoe and a first goal for striker Claridge since his return to the club from Wolves last month ensured Pompey romped to victory with plenty to spare.

And Ball was quick to praise the contribution of midfielders McLoughlin and new signing Peron.

Onuora scored Swindon's opener.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Morton, Gerry
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Sep 13, 1998
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