Typically, as is the way in football, Portsmouth put their off-the-field problems behind them to seal the unlikeliest of wins at Turf Moor, beating fellow strugglers Burnley 2-1.

In a very poor match, Hassan Yebda struck the winner from the spot after Martin Paterson had cancelled out Frederic Piquionne’s opener.

Jamie O’Hara had a penalty saved by Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen as the league’s worst club dominated the division’s second-bottom side.

Portsmouth played like a team that had seen its shackles released. With relegation now a certainty, the players are now putting themselves in the shop window for clubs in the summer.

O’Hara, the on-loan Spurs midfielder, stood out as Burnley’s 4-4-2 failed to cope with his vision and movement.

After a torrid opening, the visitors took the lead through a hearty slice of luck.

Danny Webber was given far too much room by Danny Fox on the Pompey right, and although the striker’s shot was going well past the far post, Piqiuonne was on hand to turn it in past the badly-positioned Jensen.

The heads of the Burnley fans and crowd visibly dropped at that goal and it took a moment of inspiration from Paterson to level the scores. Strike partner Steven Fletcher nodded on a punt from Jensen and Paterson instinctively flicked the ball over David James for the equaliser.

Paterson has now scored in successive games for Burnley after waiting until February to break his Premier League duck.

The second half saw a slight improvement from both sides as the importance of the fixture continued to weigh the hosts down.

But ultimately, it was a bizarre series of decisions from Burnley skipper Clarke Carlisle that decided the destination of the points. First, he hacked down Piquionne in the box, but Jensen bailed him out with a fine save from O’Hara’s penalty.

Then, after Fletcher had missed a glorious headed chance from Paterson’s precise cross, Carlisle bafflingly took control of a nonsensical throw-in into the area from Fox, before managing to foul both Portsmouth players in close attendance.

Yebda was to not make the same mistake as Jensen, blasting his kick high into the net.

Ricardo Rocha was dismissed for Portsmouth late on, but for all Burnley’s huffing and puffing they created nothing and look as doomed for the drop as stricken Pompey.