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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:

"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.

"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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Jones
  • 2Webster
  • 16Robinson
  • 5Devera
  • 17Shorey
  • 8J Wallace
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Lee Holmes replaces Nigel Atangana.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Adam Webster.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jake Howells (Luton Town).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Joe Devera.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Booking

    Craig Westcarr (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Bean (Portsmouth).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ross Lafayette (Luton Town).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Craig Westcarr replaces Ryan Taylor.