Blackpool 1-1 Portsmouth

Portsmouth dented Blackpool's promotion hopes with a draw at Bloomfield Road.

Norweigian striker Erik Huseklepp's turn and shot put Portsmouth ahead on the stroke of half-time.

Further chances fell to Huseklepp but he spurned them, and Blackpool's perseverance was rewarded 14 minutes from the end.

Crainey curled a delightful free-kick into the top corner to energise Blackpool, but Portsmouth held on for a valuable point.

Portsmouth took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Kelvin Etuhu took advantage of a static Blackpool defence to fire goalwards on the angle.

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Appleton focused on points

Matt Gilks parried clear but Futacs steered back towards the danger area for Huseklepp to produce an assured finish on the turn.

Pompey were still carrying a considerable threat but Huseklepp's touch let him down as he burst between the Tangerines' centre-backs in the 52nd minute.

Full-back Alex Baptiste teed himself up to volley over as Blackpool kept the pressure on with the hour approaching, but Huseklepp soon passed up another clear opening.

After springing the offside trap and racing into space down the right channel, the attacker contrived to thrash a simple cross out of play.

Huseklepp was eventually made to pay for his second-half misses as former Southampton full-back Crainey curled a sumptuous free-kick into the top corner after Greg Halford fouled Baptiste in the 75th minute.

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