Doncaster 1 Pompey 1: Jed what the doctor ordered
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Saturday 16 Mar 2013 21:51:00
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Jed Wallace's goal earned Pompey a creditable point away to League One leaders and made it two wins and two draws from their last five in a campaign that's threatening to end on a positive note.

 

Once again, more than 500 Pompey fans made a long trip to see their team - and once again they were rewarded by a battling performance that was worthy of the point it yielded.

The Blues were unchanged for the fourth game in a row as they looked for a perhaps-unlikely victory that could lift them another place away from bottom spot.

Doncaster made the brighter start and Chris Brown headed a David Cotterill free-kick just over. But gradually Pompey came into the contest and Wallace had half a chance after being set up by Dan Butler.

Rob Jones should have put Rovers ahead but he couldn't put a Cotterill free-kick past Simon Eastwood.

Cotterill was at the centre of all Doncaster's best attacks and another cross nearly fell perfectly for Billy Paynter just before rhe half-hour. Paynter was then denied by Eastwood after running clear of Pompey's defence.

Rovers were threatening a goal and got it eight minutes before the break as Brown converted a Cotterill cross.

That was the way it stayed until the break but the Blues looked livelier from the word go in the second half.

David Connolly almost got on the end of Liam Walker’s set-up as Pompey enjoyed their best phase of the game.

Cotterill and Jones went close to a second for Doncaster but as Pompey hit back with another decent spell, Connolly set up Therry Racon, who shot wide.

With 18 minutes left, John Akinde replaced Liam Walker. The change gave Pompey a lift and within three minutes they were level.

Patrick Agyemang worked himself into space outside the area and when he played it into the box, Connolly left it for Wallace, who coolly converted past Rovers keeper Gary Woods.

Wallace went close to completing a turnaround and getting a second for the Blues, while Doncaster also had a chance to win it when a long thrown-in by Andy Griffin was scrambled clear by a desperate Pompey defence and then Dean Furman's shot was brilliantly saved by Eastwood.

Overall it was a fair result - and another positive one will put Pompey in good heart for next Saturday's home clash with Coventry.

Pompey: Eastwood; Moutaouakil, Gyepes, Rocha, Butler (Webster 90); Wallace, Ertl, Racon, Walker (Akinde 72); Connolly, Agyemang. Subs not used: Smith, Sodje, Cooper, Maloney, Harris.

Referee: Tony Harrington

Attendance: 7,604 (563 Pompey fans)

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