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Portsmouth 2-2 Doncaster Rovers

Brett Pitman hit a late equaliser to salvage a point for Portsmouth as they twice fought back to draw with Doncaster at Fratton Park despite finishing the match with nine men.

An injury to goalkeeper Stephen Henderson after all three substitutes had been made meant Pompey forward Kal Naismith finished the match between the sticks, with Christian Burgess sent off in stoppage time.

The visitors had got off to a lightning start and took the lead after just four minutes when captain James Coppinger drilled his effort past Henderson, who returned to the club on loan from Nottingham Forest on deadline day.

However, Pompey then started to dominate the match and levelled through debutant Anton Walkes in the 19th minute after he snuck in at the back post from Gareth Evans' corner.

The home side should have taken the lead just before the half-hour mark when defender Matt Clarke had his header saved by the fingertips of Doncaster goalkeeper Ian Lawlor.

And despite all of the home side's dominance, Doncaster took the lead for the second time in the 63rd minute after John Marquis headed in from Coppinger's corner.

Pompey continued to battle their way back into the match and were rewarded when substitute Pitman prodded home to bag his 14th goal of the season in the 81st minute, before hanging on as their numbers diminished in the closing stages.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 13Henderson
  • 2Walkes
  • 6BurgessBooked at 90mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 17DonohueBooked at 45mins
  • 11KennedySubstituted forNaismithat 72'minutes
  • 33Close
  • 20Thompson
  • 14Ronan
  • 26EvansSubstituted forLoweat 72'minutes
  • 9HawkinsSubstituted forPitmanat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 8Pitman
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Chaplin
  • 22Naismith
  • 29Deslandes
  • 37Widdrington

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 17Blair
  • 24Boyle
  • 18AndersonBooked at 90mins
  • 20GarrattSubstituted forMcCulloughat 60'minutes
  • 12Whiteman
  • 16Houghton
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forKongoloat 73'minutes
  • 10Rowe
  • 9MarquisBooked at 45mins
  • 22BeestinSubstituted forKiwomyaat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 4McCullough
  • 7Kongolo
  • 8Mason
  • 13Marosi
  • 19May
  • 23Kiwomya
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
17,364

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Doncaster Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Doncaster Rovers 2.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dion Donohue.

Attempt saved. Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dion Donohue.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

Booking

Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Doncaster Rovers 2. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dion Donohue with a cross.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Benjamin Whiteman.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Rodney Kongolo replaces James Coppinger.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jamal Lowe replaces Gareth Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Matthew Kennedy.

Matthew Kennedy (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. Matthew Kennedy (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Doncaster Rovers 2. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Coppinger with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Gareth Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Luke McCullough replaces Tyler Garratt.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alex Kiwomya replaces Alfie Beestin.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Brett Pitman replaces Oliver Hawkins.

Attempt saved. Ben Close (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matty Blair.

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Booking

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Dion Donohue (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Anton Walkes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Boyle (Doncaster Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

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1Wigan28196355134263
2Shrewsbury29187439211861
3Blackburn30178554292559
4Scunthorpe31159745321354
5Rotherham301551050361450
6Bradford31153134547-248
7Charlton2913793936346
8Peterborough29127104638843
9Portsmouth30134133635143
10Oxford Utd30118114745241
11Plymouth31118123539-441
12Gillingham301010103434040
13Bristol Rovers30123154347-439
14Doncaster31911113637-138
15Southend30107133649-1337
16Walsall2999113641-536
17Fleetwood30106144248-636
18Wimbledon2997132833-534
19Blackpool30810123541-634
20Northampton3196162851-2333
21Oldham3188154356-1332
22MK Dons2979132941-1230
23Rochdale27510122737-1025
24Bury2956182244-2221
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