ASFC vs Portsmouth

League Two
vs
07/03/2015
Score: 1 - 1

Match Report

Accrington Stanley and Portsmouth shared the points following an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Store First Stadium.

Josh Windass’ peach of a free-kick from 25 yards gave the Reds the advantage but Ryan Taylor nodded Pompey level just four minutes later.

Anthony Barry saw red in the opening stages of the second half for a foul on Danny Hollands, but Stanley held firm to claim a point.

John Coleman made one change from the home defeat to Shrewsbury Town, bringing Kal Naismith into the starting XI in place of Michael Liddle, who dropped to the bench.

Striker Jason Gilchrist, who joined the club on loan from Burnley until the end of the season yesterday afternoon, was also named among the substitutes.

Portsmouth were first to threaten when a long ball forward found the dangerous Matt Tubbs, who had stealthily made his way behind the Stanley defence, but goalkeeper Scott Davies was quick off his line to save from the striker before making a routine stop from Josh Passley’s goalward stab.

Stanley took the lead with their first shot on target as Naismith was fouled 25 yards out, leaving Windass to curl a stunning free-kick past Paul Jones and into the top corner for his third goal in four games.

Hollands almost brought the former Premier League side level as he flicked Jed Wallace’s corner goalwards but Terry Gornell came to Stanley’s rescue, nodding the goalbound ball clear of danger.

The lead lasted less than five minutes, as Davies’ punch from Dan Butler’s corner fell straight into the path of Pompey striker Taylor, who couldn’t miss with his header from six yards out.

It was end-to-end stuff and Naismith went close to scoring his first goal since September, but he could only nod Piero Mingoia’s cross into the arms of Jones.

League Two Player of the Month Wallace combined with goalscorer Taylor to create an opening for himself but the midfielder fluffed his lines and shot well wide of the target.

Andrew Procter was the next player to go close, hammering a half-volley narrowly past the upright from Dean Winnard’s cross before Jones pulled off a stunning fingertip save to divert Windass’ fierce drive from ten yards over the crossbar.

The Reds were enjoying plenty of space to counter-attack the visitors and almost took the lead for a second time when Mingoia’s delivery was poked across the face of goal by Windass at the back post but the stretching Naismith prodded the ball into the side-netting.

Rob Atkinson went into the referee’s book for a foul on an advancing Wallace and was almost made to pay for the indiscretion as Butler’s free-kick was only inches away from replicating Windass’ effort at the other end, cannoning off the crossbar with Davies at full-stretch

As the clock ticked into three minutes of first-half injury-time, both sides had opportunities to go into the break ahead as Atkinson straight at Jones for Stanley before Hollands’ lob from 30 yards was headed off the line by Winnard.

Just ten minutes into the second half, Stanley’s assignment was made more difficult as Barry was given his marching orders by referee Rob Lewis for a lunge on Hollands.

Undeterred by being a man light, the Reds continued to attack with Naismith’s deflected shot from 25 yards landing in the gloves of Jones.

Pompey’s Taylor cut inside and fired straight at Davies on his left foot before Jack Whatmough missed the ball completely from a corner, leaving it to hit Robinson and flash past the post from six yards out.

Seconds later, a cross from the right eluded everybody in the penalty area and reached visiting substitute Wes Fogden, but he could not keep his effort on target.

Looking to make the most of their one-man advantage, the 2008 FA Cup winners pressed forward and saw Tubbs flick a Wallace free-kick wide.

The visitors came close to stealing the points in injury time when Wallace’s effort from distance clipped the top of the crossbar, but both sides had to settle for a point apiece.

Accrington: Davies; Winnard, Atkinson, Crooks; Mingoia, Barry, Joyce, Procter, Naismith; Windass; Gornell.
Subs not used: Dawber, Liddle, Conneely, Maguire, Bruna, McCartan, Gilchrist.

Attendance: 1,944 (624 away)

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