Crisis-hit Portsmouth earned an opening-day draw with south-coast rivals Bournemouth at Fratton Park.

Pompey fielded a team of debutants and Izale McLeod's 25-yard low shot squirmed through the grasp of Cherries keeper Shwan Jalal to open the scoring.

Earlier, Wes Thomas hit the post for Bournemouth, who equalised late on when Southampton loanee Lee Barnard headed home from close range.

Jalal made up for his first-half mistake with several crucial saves.

But it was the Cherries who finished the stronger, with Pompey keeper Mikkel Andersen saving well from Wes Thomas and Josh Grabban late on.

Pompey saw all their senior players leave Fratton Park in the summer, as the administration-hit club look to avoid liquidation .

On Tuesday, they fielded a near-youth team in the Capital One Cup , with nine players under the age of 21.

Manager Michael Appleton brought in 10 new players on Thursday on short-term contracts and completed four loan signings in time for Saturday's League One opener.

And Appleton's team of 11 debutants looked as if they had been playing together for years as they took a deserved lead into the break.

McLeod could have increased their lead but shinned over from close range before the break, before he was denied by Jalal with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Pompey tired as the game wore on and Grabban should have done better when he latched onto keeper Andersen's parry from Thomas's shot.

But Grabban fired over and later saw an effort superbly tipped over the bar, before Barnard headed home a cross from Simon Francis.

Pompey pressed late on and Ashley Harris saw his effort crash back off the inside of Jalal's post as the game ended level.

Views from the dressing rooms

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton tells BBC Radio Solent:

"I thought in the first half we were outstanding.

"It was as if we almost put too much energy into the first half an hour or so.

"That was the first opportunity today for the new players to meet, they've just literally walked into the dressing room, introduced themselves to the players and just got on with it."

Bournemouth manager Paul Groves talks to BBC Radio Solent:

"We knew it was going to be a difficult day with (Pompey) being able to sign players and from the atmosphere that the fans set we knew it would be tough out there.

"Top goalkeepers all make mistakes but it's how they respond and recover from that.

"If you take three strikers out of anyone's squad, it leaves a bit of a hole. I felt with Lee (Barnard) that he is good quality and a good character. He's proven at this level and he fared well in the game.

"I think we need to concentrate on what we've got in respect of trying to build a team."

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Portsmouth

  • 01 Andersen
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Harley
  • 04 Long
  • 14 Connolly Booked
  • 07 Williamson (Clifford - 62' )
  • 08 Howard
  • 23 Djilali (Webster - 89' )
  • 09 McLeod
  • 10 Rodgers
  • 11 Compton (Harris - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 22 Webster
  • 17 Clifford
  • 21 Harris

Bournemouth

  • 01 Jalal
  • 02 Francis
  • 13 Elphick
  • 24 Addison
  • 06 Partington (Arter - 73' )
  • 07 Pugh
  • 11 Daniels
  • 16 MacDonald (Grabban - 63' )
  • 32 O'Kane Booked
  • 09 Thomas (Tubbs - 74' )
  • 28 Barnard

Substitutes

  • 39 Collins
  • 03 Cook
  • 04 Zubar
  • 08 Arter
  • 38 Wakefield
  • 18 Tubbs
  • 22 Grabban
Ref: Taylor
Att: 17,703

Match Stats

Shots

14 12

On target

5 4

Corners

5 6

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +3:46

Conor Clifford fouled by Lee Barnard, the ref awards a free kick. Mikkel Andersen restarts play with the free kick.

89:44

Ashley Harris has an effort at goal from outside the box that bounces off the post.

88:37 Substitution

Substitution Adam Webster replaces Kieran Djilali.

88:30

Charlie Daniels sends in a cross.

87:40

Mustapha Dumbuya challenges Lee Barnard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Shwan Jalal.

87:10

Ashley Harris delivers the ball, Miles Addison manages to make a clearance.

84:13

Effort from just outside the area by Izale McLeod goes over the bar.

83:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Eunan O'Kane on Brian Howard. Free kick taken by Brian Howard.

82:15

Lewis Grabban challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.

79:59

Miles Addison makes a clearance.

79:59 Substitution

Substitution Jack Compton goes off and Ashley Harris comes on.

79:59

Brian Howard takes the outswinging corner,

79:15

Eunan O'Kane has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

78:41

Direct free kick taken by Harry Arter.

78:41 Booking

Booking Booking for Paul Connolly for unsporting behaviour.

78:34

Foul by Paul Connolly on Matthew Tubbs, free kick awarded.

77:47

Assist by Simon Francis.

77:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Lee Barnard - Portsmouth 1 - 1 Bournem'th Lee Barnard finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Portsmouth 1-1 Bournemouth.

77:42

The ball is sent over by Simon Francis,

73:56 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Tubbs comes on in place of Wesley Thomas.

72:53 Substitution

Substitution Harry Arter comes on in place of Joe Partington.

71:55

Outswinging corner taken by Eunan O'Kane from the right by-line, clearance by Izale McLeod.

71:34

Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Save by Mikkel Andersen.

71:04

Corner from left by-line taken by Marc Pugh.

69:25

Brian Howard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eunan O'Kane. Eunan O'Kane takes the direct free kick.

68:51

Unfair challenge on Jon Harley by Lee Barnard results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Long.

67:52

Marc Pugh fouled by Kieran Djilali, the ref awards a free kick. Eunan O'Kane takes the free kick.

66:52

Luke Rodgers produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

65:12

Foul by Paul Connolly on Lee Barnard, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Eunan O'Kane.

64:07

Luke Rodgers is ruled offside. Shwan Jalal restarts play with the free kick.

63:17

Lewis Grabban produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

61:51 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Grabban joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shaun MacDonald.

61:51 Substitution

Substitution Conor Clifford on for Lee Williamson.

60:32

The ball is delivered by Simon Francis.

58:46

Direct free kick taken by Paul Connolly.

58:46 Booking

Booking Booking for Eunan O'Kane.

58:36

Unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Eunan O'Kane results in a free kick.

57:33

Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Daniels, Header from deep inside the area by Wesley Thomas goes over the bar.

57:09

Corner taken right-footed by Eunan O'Kane, Paul Connolly manages to make a clearance.

56:29

Marc Pugh fouled by Lee Williamson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marc Pugh.

54:49

Lee Barnard produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

48:40

Izale McLeod produces a lobbed left-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Shwan Jalal.

47:35

Effort from the edge of the box by Izale McLeod goes wide of the left-hand upright.

46:47

The ball is delivered by Jack Compton.

45:35

Luke Rodgers fouled by Tommy Elphick, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brian Howard.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:48

A cross is delivered by Lee Barnard.

45:00 +0:06

Shot by Tommy Elphick from outside the box goes high over the target.

42:51

The ball is delivered by Simon Francis, Kevin Long makes a clearance.

42:10

Kieran Djilali concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Francis. Eunan O'Kane takes the free kick.

41:11

Shot from deep inside the area by Shaun MacDonald goes over the bar.

40:50

Handball decision goes against Izale McLeod. Eunan O'Kane takes the free kick.

39:36

Charlie Daniels takes a shot. Save made by Mikkel Andersen.

36:40

Shaun MacDonald has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

36:04

Marc Pugh takes a outswinging corner.

35:16

A cross is delivered by Luke Rodgers, save made by Shwan Jalal. Shot from deep inside the area by Izale McLeod clears the crossbar.

32:38

Unfair challenge on Marc Pugh by Mustapha Dumbuya results in a free kick. Shwan Jalal restarts play with the free kick.

31:46

Shot from deep inside the area by Lee Williamson goes over the bar.

30:59

Corner taken by Jack Compton from the left by-line, Lee Williamson takes a shot.

30:35

Jon Harley takes a shot. Shwan Jalal makes a save.

30:14

Mustapha Dumbuya delivers the ball.

26:14

Foul by Kevin Long on Marc Pugh, free kick awarded. Lee Barnard shoots direct from the free kick.

24:31

Wesley Thomas has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

22:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Joe Partington. Free kick taken by Mikkel Andersen.

21:41

Jack Compton takes a shot. Save by Shwan Jalal.

19:43

Kieran Djilali gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Francis. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Marc Pugh.

18:07

Assist on the goal came from Jon Harley.

18:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Izale McLeod - Portsmouth 1 - 0 Bournem'th Izale McLeod grabs a goal from long distance low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Bournemouth.

15:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Barnard on Kevin Long. Jon Harley restarts play with the free kick.

13:05

The ball is crossed by Shaun MacDonald, save made by Mikkel Andersen.

11:16

Lee Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaun MacDonald. Joe Partington takes the free kick.

10:10

Jack Compton takes a shot. Miles Addison gets a block in.

8:38

Jack Compton sends in a cross.

7:32

Unfair challenge on Tommy Elphick by Luke Rodgers results in a free kick. Shwan Jalal takes the free kick.

6:01

Corner taken right-footed by Charlie Daniels, Jack Compton makes a clearance.

5:43

Izale McLeod produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box and strikes the post.

5:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Djilali by Simon Francis. Direct free kick taken by Lee Williamson.

2:56

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Compton, clearance made by Shaun MacDonald.

1:45

A cross is delivered by Jon Harley, Header from close range by Paul Connolly clears the bar.

1:08

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jack Compton, Marc Pugh manages to make a clearance.

0:35

Corner taken by Jack Compton, Shaun MacDonald manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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