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THE BIG question before the match was ‘who is the bigger club?’ – the new money Premier League club Bournemouth or history boys Portsmouth.
Fallen giants Pompey were in the process of winning the cup in 2008, while the Cherries on their way to League Two – how the boot has changed foot.
Bournemouth’s superb year - their first in the Premier League - rolls on after strolling into the fifth round but Portsmouth are showing signs that a similar revival is not just a farfetched dream.
The only real difference between the rivals on the day was Eddie Howe’s substitutes, who gave the visitors a second wind.
Pompey old boy Matt Ritchie, and more importantly, Marc Pugh gave the top-flight outfit a much-needed refresh.
In fact the genuine answer to the bigger club question is still open for debate, with both offering quality arguments in a frenetic yet pulsating 90 minutes of ding dong derby action.
STAR MAN MARC PUGH Bourne