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Luton Town 1-1 Portsmouth

Ryan Taylor
Ryan Taylor has scored three goals for Portsmouth this season

Luton were held by Portsmouth as they dropped points at home for the first time since September.

The hosts went ahead when winger Luke Rooney volleyed into the bottom corner from Shaun Whalley's looping ball over the top.

The visitors levelled before the break when Ryan Taylor converted Jed Wallace's shot from a yard out.

Luton's best chance in the second-half saw Michael Harriman denied by Pompey keeper Paul Jones.

Luton first-team coach Hakan Hayrettin told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Hayrettin on Luton v Portsmouth

"We've had two very tough games in three days and to come here and play the way we did was a credit to the boys.

"The pleasing thing for us as staff was that we got stronger as the game went on and if there was going to be a winner then it was going to be us - but we'll take the point.

"We have this ethos at the football club that stems from the manager down; we've got to work hard. And credit to the boys they continue to work hard until the 90th minute.

"To be where we are at this stage in the season in the table is fantastic and if you speak to any Luton Town supporter I'm sure they'll take that all day long."

Portsmouth boss Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

"Determined was the word I use to describe it, I thought we were well worthy after the break.

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Awford on Luton v Portsmouth

"Couple of good saves from Paul Jones as well which was good from him but as a unit that was dogged and determined for me and I was delighted with that effort going in there.

"We have got a good strength of character in the club and it's in the team and in the unit and they have shown that a number of times. It's the consistency that I am striving for; I know they have character, they have shown that in abundance this year and you are going to have the odd game where it doesn't go your way.

"I also think we had a bit of steel in us today and I was delighted with that overall."

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Tyler
  • 22Harriman
  • 5McNulty
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 12GriffithsSubstituted forHowellsat 77'minutes
  • 20WhalleySubstituted forLafayetteat 61'minutes
  • 4Smith
  • 8Drury
  • 26Doyle
  • 15Rooney
  • 13CullenSubstituted forMillerat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Franks
  • 11Howells
  • 16Justham
  • 18Lafayette
  • 19Miller
  • 28Stevenson
  • 29Connolly

Portsmouth

  • 1Jones
  • 2Webster
  • 16Robinson
  • 5Devera
  • 17Shorey
  • 8Wallace
  • 13Ertl
  • 25AtanganaSubstituted forHolmesat 90+2'minutes
  • 18BeanBooked at 68mins
  • 7BarchamSubstituted forDunneat 76'minutes
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forWestcarrat 78'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 3Whatmough
  • 6Chorley
  • 14Storey
  • 20Westcarr
  • 21Dunne
  • 22Poke
  • 28Holmes
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
10,071

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Lee Holmes replaces Nigel Atangana.

Luke Rooney (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Foul by Jake Howells (Luton Town).

Marcus Bean (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Joe Devera.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Craig Westcarr (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Luke Rooney (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

Luke Rooney (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Bean (Portsmouth).

Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Lafayette (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Craig Westcarr replaces Ryan Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jake Howells replaces Scott Griffiths because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Luke Rooney (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. James Dunne replaces Andy Barcham.

Attempt saved. Michael Harriman (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Ricky Miller replaces Mark Cullen.

Foul by Scott Griffiths (Luton Town).

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Cullen (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Marcus Bean (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marcus Bean (Portsmouth).

Attempt blocked. Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Cullen (Luton Town).

Hand ball by Steve McNulty (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Ross Lafayette replaces Shaun Whalley.

Mark Cullen (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

Foul by Shaun Whalley (Luton Town).

Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury23135533151844
2Wycombe23128337201744
3Burton2313463223943
4Luton23126528171142
5Newport2311753324940
6Southend2311662319439
7Plymouth23114829171237
8Bury2311483529637
9Exeter2410773231137
10Stevenage2310493331234
11Wimbledon239683331233
12Morecambe23103102523233
13Accrington2293103236-430
14Cambridge2385103429529
15Portsmouth237792629-328
16Oxford Utd237792529-428
17Mansfield2376101828-1027
18York2351172628-226
19Cheltenham2367102032-1225
20Northampton2373133337-424
21Carlisle2373132843-1524
22Tranmere2357112330-722
23Dag & Red2364132536-1122
24Hartlepool2335151642-2614
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