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Joel Ward, the only player in the Pompey team born in the city was the hero of the hour, he rose to head home with the minutes ticking away and rescue a share of the spoils, and more importantly a share of pride.

Liam Lawrence came straight back into the side after his latest injury, this offset the loss of Luke Varney to his knee injury, otherwise it was as you were.

The scummers bought Kelvin Davis straight back in place of last weeks calamity 'keeper.

The first half was full of passion but low in quality, neither 'keeper was too troubled, Norris saw a low skipping shot bobble narrowly wide, while Halford watched a free-kick not quite curl enough.

Trying to watch the game through a perspective without a rose tint is not easy at the best of times, harder still when it is this fixture, but to be blatantly honest, scum offered very little in the first half to suggest they could win the game or justify their spot at the top, Pompey were not much better to be fair as the game was largely played in midfield, flair being replaced by hard running, guile with graft.

The second half was a different affair, the away side decided to make more of a fist of it and had Pompey more on the back foot, Pompey when the pushed forward could not find a decent pass when it mattered most, Kitson looked isolated up front once more, Lawrence looking short of match fitness as he struggled to stay with the pace of the game.

Just after the hour came the moment all Pompey fans were dreading, a Fox free-kick was sent to the back post and Lambert headed home, just like he did last week against Hull. The away section went nuts as you would expect, some of their chants though would soon seem premature.

Pompey looked shell-shocked for a while, this gave scum the chance to stretch their lead, luckily for us though that both of the next two chances fell to Do Prado, first he hit wide then allowed Henderson to smother his next effort.

Futacs was on for Lawrence and he was making a diffence, his physical presence was being put about and he won a few challenges to get Pompey a foothold.

Time was ticking away though when Joel Ward scored the goal that he had probably fantasised for years about, Thorne sent a delivery to the back post and Ward simply wanted it more than Do Prado, gleefully nodding home in front of an adoring Fratton end.

Both sides wanted the winner but neither had another clear cut chance, so a draw it was.

El Classico it wasn't, both sides took a point but Pompey are probably happier after having come from behind, the return fixture is some months away yet, hopefully both sides will be a little closer in the table by then.

Star Player

Joel Ward got the all important goal, he also put himself about enough as well, Appleton has spotted his qualities and is utilising them.

Date:Sunday December 18 2011
Time: 7:44PM

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Does anyone else think Kitson plays like a centre back up front?
18/12/2011 19:58:00
I agreed Paul! But well done Ward! He looked like he enjoyed that and rightly so! Good to hear his name chanted at the end! And the cameras running to him rather than fat boy lambert! Well done Ward!
18/12/2011 20:32:00
agree kitson looks isolated but the few times he got into the scum box with the ball at his feet and options around him he either decided to trip over the ball or pass to a red and white shirt. we had less of the play to be quite honest but if he had played the right pass i have no doubts that we would have carved out far more goalscoring oportunities than them
Super Bock 1898
18/12/2011 20:39:00
Good summary Paul; the only fair result was a draw. Opinions on on Kits really do vary but it is the system that fails him imho.
18/12/2011 20:57:00
A game of very low quality. I agree with Super Bock, Kitson trips over himself more than Nugent ever did.
18/12/2011 22:15:00
Got to agree Dave, when Guy and Gray had Kits in a 4-4-2 he looked a different player, alone he looks lost on ideas
18/12/2011 23:09:00
As a red I am quietly pleased that DK played the majority of the match as the sole striker. Definitely looked better when you changed system. One down and one to go.
SFC Forever
19/12/2011 13:46:00
I am so happy for young Wardy, he's true blue Pompey till he dies, like we are, and he rescued a point against scummers, scoring at the Fratton End, becoming our hero and the FE were singing his name . . deservedly so! I'm not connected to him in any way apart from being a Pompey fan, but I feel so proud!!
19/12/2011 19:40:00
Where is Pearce from then I thought he is a Pompey boy too?
20/12/2011 10:36:00
Pearce is Pompey youth, but London born Hussler
21/12/2011 07:45:00
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