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Portsmouth 1-1 Accrington Stanley

Portsmouth will face Sunderland in the League One play-off semi-final after being held at home to a 1-1 draw by Accrington.

Pompey missed out on third place to Charlton on goal difference following their disappointing final-day stalemate.

It could have been worse for Kenny Jackett's side after the outstanding Sean McConville fired Accrington into a shock lead in the opening minute of the second half.

McConville found the bottom left corner of Craig MacGillivray's net with a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Midfielder McConville had earlier been denied by the crossbar after his first-half looping header had beaten MacGillivray.

Accrington's opener finally woke Pompey from their slumber and Ben Close drew the hosts level in the 59th minute.

Academy product Close opened up space with a driving run at the Accrington defence before firing home from 20 yards.

Close rattled the crossbar from distance late on as Pompey searched in vain for a late winner.

Match report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 2Walkes
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 7Naylor
  • 33Close
  • 26EvansSubstituted forPitmanat 74'minutes
  • 24MorrisSubstituted forCurtisat 45'minutes
  • 19Solomon-Otabor
  • 9HawkinsSubstituted forBogleat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Pitman
  • 11Curtis
  • 20Thompson
  • 22Bogle
  • 32Vaughan
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup

Accrington

  • 30Evtimov
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 15Sykes
  • 3Hughes
  • 4Donacien
  • 7ClarkSubstituted forEsteves Sousaat 66'minutes
  • 26Barlaser
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 38Smyth
  • 39Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 8Brown
  • 9Zanzala
  • 10Simmonds
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 18Rodgers
  • 20Ogle
  • 34Warner
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
18,439

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Accrington Stanley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Accrington Stanley 1.

Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Anton Walkes (Portsmouth).

Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Hand ball by Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley).

Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Ben Close (Portsmouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Omar Bogle (Portsmouth).

(Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

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

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Brett Pitman replaces Gareth Evans.

Foul by Omar Bogle (Portsmouth).

Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ross Sykes.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Attempt missed. Omar Bogle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Érico Sousa replaces Jordan Clark.

Foul by Viv Solomon-Otabor (Portsmouth).

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Smyth (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Omar Bogle replaces Oliver Hawkins.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Accrington Stanley 1. Ben Close (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton462713690424894
2Barnsley462613780394191
3Charlton4626101073403388
4Portsmouth462513883513288
5Sunderland462219580473385
6Doncaster4620131376581873
7Peterborough462012147162972
8Coventry461811175454065
9Burton461712176657963
10Blackpool461517145052-262
11Fleetwood461613175852661
12Oxford Utd461515165864-660
13Gillingham461510216172-1155
14Accrington461413195167-1655
15Bristol Rovers461315184750-354
16Rochdale46159225487-3354
17Wycombe461411215567-1253
18Shrewsbury461216185159-852
19Southend46148245568-1350
20Wimbledon461311224263-2150
21Plymouth461311225680-2450
22Walsall461211234971-2247
23Scunthorpe461210245383-3046
24Bradford46118274977-2841
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