Sunday, 6 February 2011

Portsmouth 1 Derby 1

Striker David Nugent's late goal earned Portsmouth a draw against fellow strugglers Derby.
A clinical Steve Davies left-foot volley had put the Rams ahead with their first strike on goal.
Pompey had manager Steve Cotterill sent to the stands at half-time for comments made to referee Neil Swarbrick.
But the home side levelled a minute from time when the ball fell to Nugent just outside the penalty area and he drilled in a right-footed finish.
The strike meant Pompey avoided a third consecutive defeat and denied Derby a much-needed first win in six matches.
The poor runs both sides have been on was evident in the opening exchanges and, although Nugent had the chance to give his side the lead after 20 minutes but scuffed his shot and keeper Stephen Bywater palmed the effort wide.

Pompey were punished after 34 minutes when Tomasz Cywka picked out Davies, who produced a strike which gave keeper Jamie Ashdown no chance.
While the Rams appeared to be lifted by the goal, Nugent fired over the bar from only six yards out before he made amends with his late equaliser.

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