Jed Wallace's fine first-half strike earned Portsmouth a point against Plymouth Argyle in a hard-fought game.

The hosts were on top early on and Conor Hourihane pounced on a Yassin Moutaouakil error to fire them ahead from a tight angle.

But Pompey had the better chances in the first half and Wallace levelled with a curled shot from 18 yards.

Both sides pressed for a winner after the interval, but neither were able to create a telling opening.

Argyle came closest to snatching the three points, but Pompey keeper Trevor Carson made a fine stop to keep out substitute Tyler Harvey's 86th-minute strike.

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Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

"You come to these places, any away game really, and you set up to try and win the game. To get ourselves back in the game and not to lose, and to push on a little bit in the second half, was pleasing.

"They started better than us and we were getting used to their three at the back system, and then we got used to it, got ourselves back in the game at the right time just before half time.

"That gave us a boost then we came out. For the first 20-25 minutes of the second half, we were the better side and then they came back into it towards the end."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (2)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 McCormick
  • 02 Berry
  • 28 Reckord
  • 17 Nelson
  • 16 Trotman
  • 04 Blanchard
  • 14 Young
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 19 Hayes (Alessandra - 65' )
  • 09 Reid
  • 08 Boco (Harvey - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cole
  • 03 Blackman
  • 05 Branston
  • 07 Alessandra
  • 18 Harvey
  • 20 Bencherif
  • 27 Gurrieri

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 02 Moutaouakil
  • 05 Devera
  • 13 Ertl
  • 03 N'Gala
  • 06 Bradley
  • 35 Wallace
  • 31 Racon
  • 32 Marquis Booked
  • 23 Agyemang
  • 11 Holmes

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 07 Barcham
  • 08 Padovani
  • 15 Mahon
  • 20 Cooper
  • 21 Harris
  • 36 Whatmough
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 8,742

Match Stats

Shots

15 13

On target

7 2

Corners

5 7

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +1:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +1:10

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle).

90:00 +1:10

John Marquis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:15

Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

86:59

Attempt blocked. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Reuben Reid.

86:30

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

86:28

Attempt saved. Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Alessandra.

85:16

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:16

Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

84:56

Attempt saved. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

84:19

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sonny Bradley with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

83:25

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle).

83:25

Therry Racon (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:32

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle).

81:32

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:48

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

79:32

Attempt saved. Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

78:39

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:39

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

75:38

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Alessandra.

73:16

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Patrick Agyemang with a cross.

72:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tyler Harvey replaces Romuald Boco.

70:40

Attempt missed. Romuald Boco (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Reckord with a cross.

69:55

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Durrell Berry.

69:26

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

69:26

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:42

Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Luke Young tries a through ball, but Reuben Reid is caught offside.

64:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Lewis Alessandra replaces Paul Hayes.

62:58

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Durrell Berry.

60:53 Booking

Booking John Marquis (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:45

Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:45

Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

60:11

Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Jamie Reckord tries a through ball, but Reuben Reid is caught offside.

59:05

Attempt missed. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ricky Holmes with a cross following a set piece situation.

58:24

Foul by Durrell Berry (Plymouth Argyle).

58:24

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:53

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:53

Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

52:54

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Johannes Ertl.

50:51

Foul by Jamie Reckord (Plymouth Argyle).

50:51

Yassin Moutaouakil (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:53

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

49:53

Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:15

Luke McCormick (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:15

Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

48:38

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

48:35

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Agyemang.

47:58

Durrell Berry (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:58

Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

45:32

Foul by Jamie Reckord (Plymouth Argyle).

45:32

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:18

Foul by Romuald Boco (Plymouth Argyle).

45:18

Therry Racon (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Plymouth Argyle 1, Portsmouth 1.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Portsmouth 1.

45:00 +0:41

Attempt missed. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Young with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +0:19

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Joe Devera.

45:00 +0:18

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Young with a cross.

44:49

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

44:47

Attempt blocked. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romuald Boco.

42:37

Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Neal Trotman tries a through ball, but Paul Hayes is caught offside.

42:20

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

41:13

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:13

Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

38:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 1, Portsmouth 1. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

36:25

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Durrell Berry.

35:14

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Patrick Agyemang with a cross.

35:02

Attempt blocked. Therry Racon (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:25

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke McCormick.

34:22

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

30:32

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Patrick Agyemang.

27:16

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:16

Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

24:42

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:42

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

24:15

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

24:09

Attempt missed. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ricky Holmes with a cross following a corner.

23:45

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Durrell Berry.

22:08

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

20:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 1, Portsmouth 0. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

19:20

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:20

Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

18:49

Foul by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

18:49

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:05

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by John Marquis.

12:01

Attempt saved. Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Durrell Berry.

11:40

Attempt blocked. Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

9:59

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ricky Holmes with a cross.

7:46

Durrell Berry (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:46

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

6:41

Foul by Durrell Berry (Plymouth Argyle).

6:41

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:59

Attempt missed. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a set piece situation.

5:28

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:28

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

3:13

Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:13

Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

2:35

Attempt missed. Romuald Boco (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Young.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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