November 24, 2012
McLeod puts brakes on Pompey slide
Izale McLeod's stoppage-time equaliser secured a 1-1 draw at Coventry to halt Portsmouth's run of seven straight defeats.
The game seemed to be heading into half-time goalless after a frantic opening that saw Pompey's debutant goalkeeper Alex Cisak produce several good saves.
But Gary McSheffrey put the hosts in front after 41 minutes after latching on to a clever through-ball from James Bailey before slotting past Cisak.
Sky Blues defender William Edjenguele almost doubled the lead eight minutes into the second half but was denied by two brave blocks - first from Darel Russell, then from Mustapha Dumbuya on the goalline.
Pompey searched for an equaliser as the nerves crept in for City, but goalkeeper Joe Murphy was equal to everything the visitors - and Nathaniel Mendes-Lang in particular - could throw at him.
David McGoldrick thought he had added a second in the 88th minute when he tapped in the rebound after Carl Baker had hit the post, but it was ruled out for offside and three minutes into stoppage-time McLeod capitalised on hesitation between Murphy and Richard Wood to nip in and steal a point.
|1 Joe Murphy||1 Alex Cisak|
|24 Richard Wood||3 Jon Harley|
|25 William Edjenguele||33 Ricardo Rocha|
|21 Cyrus Christie||18 Johannes Ertl|
|39 Blair Adams||20 Lubomir Michalik|
|12 Steven Jennings||2 Mustapha Dumbuya|
|8 Carl Baker||19 Darel Russell|
|32 Franck Moussa||8 Brian Howard|
|38 James Bailey||23 Scott Allan|
|11 Gary McSheffrey||9 Izale McLeod|
|31 David McGoldrick||14 Paul Benson|
|13 Chris Dunn||Simon Eastwood 13|
|2 Jordon Clarke||Adam Webster 22|
|5 Nathan Cameron||Gabor Gyepes 16|
|10 John Fleck||Liam Walker 6|
|16 Adam Barton||Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 26|
|19 Roy O'Donovan||Ashley Harrison 21|
|9 Cody McDonald||Jake Jervis 17|
|Adam Barton for Gary McSheffrey (79)||Nathaniel Mendez-Laing for Scott Allan (46)|
|Jake Jervis for Paul Benson (63)|
|Adam Webster for Mustapha Dumbuya (67)|
|William Edjenguele (55)||Jon Harley (33)|
|Brian Howard (60)|
|· Squads: Coventry City | Portsmouth|