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Sean Davis looked the most miserable matchwinner you will ever see after his late strike saved Portsmouth from another defensive disaster at Fratton Park.

Davis' goal - his first since March 2006 - gave manager Tony Adams a 3-2 win over Blackburn, his first at home since he took over from Harry Redknapp just over a month ago.

Davis, who came on as a 77th-minute substitute for Armand Traore, said: "It was was nice to score but I've been very disappointed not to be playing regularly lately."

He added: "I thought I had been playing well for most of the season but I've been put on the bench the last two games and that's disappointing for me. Hopefully the goal will put me back in the public eye a bit more because people always take a bit more notice of you when you score."

Former Fulham and Tottenham star Davis could hardly raise a smile at his success - even though the club's official website tagged his winner "Davis's Delight".

He certainly must have known, though, how Blackburn boss Paul Ince felt. Ince saw his side roar back from two goals down to level through substitute Matt Derbyshire's 62nd-minute header and midfielder Tugay's cracking strike four minutes later.

Until Davis struck, it looked like another Pompey give-away after they spurned a two-goal lead in midweek against mighty AC Milan in the UEFA Cup and had to settle for a 2-2 draw against one of the best teams in the world.

This time they led through Peter Crouch's header and the returning Jermain Defoe's solo effort in the first eight minutes of the second half.

But after Blackburn were denied first by what Ince called a "poor decision" from referee Mark Halsey to rule out a second Derbyshire goal 14 minutes from time at 2-2, and then Davis' cool finish, the Rovers boss kept his players in the dressing room for an hour after the final whistle to ruminate on their sixth defeat in nine games.

He groaned: "I'm frustrated and disappointed - and sick of saying we played well but lost. There's nothing wrong with the spirit among the players but we've got to learn to keep the back door locked. To be honest I thought we deserved all three points."

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