.... just as the Pompey players insisted the referee was right to let the game go ahead, and made no excuse of the poor conditions for defeat, he was gracious enough to say "I want Newcastle to win the cup".
He spent almost four years at St James's Park, was regarded to a certain extent as a "super sub", and left in 2004 after a loan deal to Fratton Park.
Lua Lua: "It was disappointing to come back and not get a result. But I still have friends here at Newcastle and they deserve it. They deserve to get through. It would be great to see Newcastle go on and win this cup now – they just have to believe in themselves.
"When I first came to Newcastle Kieron Dyer took me under his wing and helped me settle in. He had more experience when I started at the top level and I learned so much off him.
"I was praying for him to get back and I'll pray for him to get back to his best. He's a class player." and it's super to see him on the pitch again where he belongs."