Leicester 1-1 Portsmouth

Leicester's recent struggles continued as they were held to a draw by Portsmouth at King Power Stadium.

Marko Futacs marked his first start for Portsmouth by putting them ahead with a firm finish from a David Norris cross.

The hosts were quick to level when former Pompey striker David Nugent headed in Paul's Gallagher's free-kick.

Greg Halford headed against a post for the visitors and Pompey keeper Stephen Henderson made a late double-save but Leicester are without a win in five.

There was barely a sight of goal in the opening 20 minutes as both sides worked hard to keep it tight at the back.

That was not what we wanted - Pearson

But any such plans unravelled when Leicester failed to clear a Norris centre and Futacs controlled with his chest before firing past Kasper Schmeichel.

Three minutes later it was Portsmouth who could not deal with a ball from wide and Nugent rose highest to powerfully convert Gallagher's set-piece against his former club.

The visitors almost restored their advantage when Schmeichel misjudged Joel Ward's cross and Halford nodded against the woodwork.

At the other end, Yuki Abi saw a drive well saved by Henderson shortly before half-time.

I couldn't have asked for more - Appleton

Chances continued to arrive after the break - Liam Lawrence and Norris went close for Portsmouth while Leicester's Andy King was denied by Henderson.

Halford headed narrowly wide from a corner while Beckford came off the bench to spark life into his side.

But the forward was thwarted by Henderson and then had a spot-kick appeal rejected by referee Colin Webster.

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