Portsmouth starting to turn corner - Izale McLeod

Izale McLeod

Portsmouth goalscorer Izale McLeod believes Saturday's 1-1 draw against Bournemouth could mark the moment the club's fortunes turned for the better.

Pompey secured a point against their South Coast rivals, despite the fact all 11 of their starting line-up were making their club debuts.

"Hopefully we've started to turn the corner," McLeod told BBC Radio Solent.

"A lot of people thought we would go out and lose, but everyone here has stuck together."

McLeod put Portsmouth ahead in the first half with a long-range shot which Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal allowed to squeeze under his body.

Lee Barnard equalised for the Cherries in front of a crowd of 17,703.

However while Portsmouth have been allowed to start the season in administration, the club remain in serious danger of being liquidated.

Former owner Balram Chainrai, who still retains a charge over the Fratton Park stadium, last week withdrew an offer to buy the club out of administration, leaving the Pompey Supporters' Trust the only viable purchaser.

McLeod paid tribute to the supporters for the atmosphere in the ground.

"I think the gaffer [Michael Appleton] is a big part of why we're all here, but you saw [on Saturday] the fans are another big part of it," said McLeod, who was one of 10 players to sign short-term contracts late last week.

"You don't often get to play in front of a group like this," he said.

"You can go elsewhere but you're not going to run out to an atmosphere like this anywhere else, especially in League One.

"Hopefully now the club's started to turn the corner and if it does it will be a real force.

"To be honest we're a little bit disappointed not to have won, because we were in a position where we really should have seen it out."