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Cheltenham Town 1-1 Portsmouth

Nigel Atangana scored his first goal of the season to help Portsmouth end a run of five straight away defeats.

Omari Sterling-James put the hosts in front late in the first half with a low finish to Craig Braham-Barrett's cross.

The winger came close to adding a second shortly after the break, but his strike was kept out by Paul Jones.

Jack Whatmough then broke through Cheltenham's defence to allow Atangana to send a powerful drive into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Cheltenham Town manager Paul Buckle told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I gave Omari (Sterling-James) a new deal this week. He scored a cracking first goal, he looked a threat all day.

"I've learnt a lot more again today about the team. Once they scored...that was a test of character, whether we could hold out, and we did fairly comfortably in the end.

"If you give everything like we did, and if you're resilient, you have a chance to win the game, even against a huge club like Pompey.

"I've had to start from the back, I'm pleased with that, and now it's about trying to find ways that we can be a little bit more inventive around the box and have a bit more belief."

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

"I think the manner of the performance today was excellent and we came with a game plan and the players carried it out. The lads showed plenty of character and dug in and fully deserved the point and probably deserved to win the game on possession and chances created.

"Not all have been dropped, that's a common phrase of a manager to say rested but I felt I had to change the selection today and the shape and I wanted to go that way after I made my mind up after Tranmere.

"I don't go overboard when we get beat and I don't go overboard when we win games but it was a good point and we are pleased.

"We showed good desire and I have to say the supporters were absolutely magnificent today and that's why I took all the players up to them at the end, it was important that we went to them as a group and showed we are all in this together and we have to stick together."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Carson
  • 2VaughanBooked at 90mins
  • 4Taylor
  • 5Brown
  • 3Braham-BarrettBooked at 90mins
  • 7Ferdinand
  • 16Hanks
  • 8Richards
  • 28De VitaSubstituted forHarrisonat 72'minutes
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 10GornellSubstituted forHaworthat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Harrison
  • 11Haworth
  • 12Gould
  • 15Deaman
  • 17Kotwica
  • 21Williams
  • 22Dale

Portsmouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Jones
  • 5Devera
  • 16Robinson
  • 3Whatmough
  • 34Butler
  • 18Bean
  • 29Hollands
  • 8J Wallace
  • 25AtanganaSubstituted forBarchamat 84'minutes
  • 28Holmes
  • 9Taylor

Substitutes

  • 2Webster
  • 7Barcham
  • 14Storey
  • 17Shorey
  • 20Westcarr
  • 22Poke
  • 27Fish
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
3,331

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

  3. Booking

    Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Booking

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

  10. Post update

    Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paul Robinson (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Haworth (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  13. Post update

    Lee Vaughan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dan Butler (Portsmouth).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Andy Haworth replaces Terry Gornell.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Andy Barcham replaces Nigel Atangana.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Marcus Bean.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Byron Harrison replaces Raffaele De Vita.