Portsmouth extended their winless League One run to nine matches after being held to a draw by Preston.

Pompey striker Izale McLeod earned his side a penalty but stepped up to blaze a fierce effort against the crossbar.

Preston nearly snatched the lead in the final minute of the first half but Joel Byrom's effort was well saved by Pompey keeper Simon Eastwood.

Scott Allan had Portsmouth's best attempt of the second half, but his powerful effort was tipped over.

The result leaves Pompey in the relegation zone and one point from safety.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth caretaker manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

"We had enough chances, enough pressure, and the way we played I thought was pretty positive. All that was missing from that performance was a goal.

"If we'd taken it [the penalty] then obviously it would have been a 1-0 victory and that would have been great, but it isn't and I don't think we ever reflected on that. We kept pushing forward and kept looking for the goal.

"The pleasing thing is that we haven't conceded. We needed to make sure we tightened up at Fratton Park because we have conceded far too many goals here."

Preston North End manager Graham Westley told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"It's never going to be an easy place to come to, whatever situation their club is in.

"I thought it was a hardworking performance from us. We made a number of changes to the side and it was always going to be difficult for the lads to show genuine organisation.

"On the whole, they worked hard to stay solid and come away with the clean sheet.

"It was a solid away performance, if unspectacular."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Portsmouth

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Harley
  • 16 Gyepes
  • 33 Rocha Booked
  • 08 Howard
  • 18 Ertl
  • 19 Russell (Williamson - 67' )
  • 23 Allan
  • 09 McLeod Booked
  • 17 Jervis (Mendez-Laing - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 20 Michalik
  • 22 Webster
  • 06 Walker
  • 07 Williamson
  • 26 Mendez-Laing
  • 21 Harris

Preston

  • 01 Stuckmann
  • 05 Robertson Booked
  • 06 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 22 King
  • 26 Wright Booked
  • 13 Byrom
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 17 Monakana (Holmes - 74' )
  • 18 Procter Booked (Mousinho - 53' Booked )
  • 20 Beardsley
  • 37 Elding (Beavon - 53' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Simonsen
  • 08 Wroe
  • 11 Holmes
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 07 Amoo
  • 09 Cummins
  • 29 Beavon
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 12,376

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

4 5

Corners

7 8

Fouls

10 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:19 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +4:20 Booking

Booking The referee books Ricardo Rocha for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +4:16 Booking

Booking The referee shows John Mousinho a yellow card.

90:00 +2:38

Scott Allan takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:38 Booking

Booking The referee books Chris Robertson for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:28

Izale McLeod fouled by Chris Robertson, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +0:57

The ball is sent over by Chris Beardsley, Jon Harley gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom from the right by-line, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance. The ball is sent over by Joel Byrom, Jack King takes a shot. Jon Harley gets a block in.

89:18

Stuart Beavon fouled by Jon Harley, the ref awards a free kick. Joel Byrom takes the direct free kick.

88:48

A cross is delivered by Jack King, Chris Beardsley produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

87:49 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Izale McLeod for dissent.

87:14

Corner taken by Brian Howard, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thorsten Stuckmann by Johnny Ertl. Thorsten Stuckmann takes the free kick.

86:37

Foul by Lee Holmes on Jon Harley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Scott Allan.

84:45

Scott Allan takes a shot. Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard, Thorsten Stuckmann makes a save.

84:09

Mustapha Dumbuya takes a shot. Save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

82:59

Effort from deep inside the area by Scott Allan misses to the left of the target.

81:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Harley on Jack King. Direct free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.

81:05

Joel Byrom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes. Direct free kick taken by Gabor Gyepes.

79:57

Chris Beardsley is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ricardo Rocha restarts play with the free kick.

78:26

Scott Allan has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright. Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the left by-line to the near post, Lee Holmes makes a clearance.

76:25

Stuart Beavon takes a shot. Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Holmes on Scott Allan. Scott Allan restarts play with the free kick.

73:23

Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.

73:23 Substitution

Substitution Lee Holmes comes on in place of Jeffrey Monakana.

73:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on Scott Allan.

71:54

David Buchanan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Mendez-Laing. Direct free kick taken by Brian Howard.

70:23

The ball is delivered by Scott Allan, save by Thorsten Stuckmann.

70:07

The ball is swung over by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, clearance by Chris Robertson.

68:54

Outswinging corner taken by Brian Howard, Chris Robertson manages to make a clearance.

67:13

Foul by John Mousinho on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Scott Allan takes the free kick.

66:43 Substitution

Substitution Lee Williamson replaces Darel Russell.

65:39

The ball is crossed by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, Gabor Gyepes makes a clearance.

60:11 Substitution

Substitution Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on for Jake Jervis.

59:02

Chris Beardsley fouled by Ricardo Rocha, the ref awards a free kick. Joel Byrom takes the direct free kick.

57:41

Chris Beardsley takes a shot. Save made by Simon Eastwood. Corner from right by-line taken by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

55:17

Centre by Jon Harley.

55:04

Joel Byrom gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darel Russell. Darel Russell takes the direct free kick.

53:56

The referee blows for offside. Gabor Gyepes takes the free kick.

52:25 Substitution

Substitution John Mousinho is brought on as a substitute for Andy Procter.

52:25 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Beavon on for Anthony Elding.

49:58

Jon Harley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeffrey Monakana. Jack King takes the free kick.

47:32

Jon Harley challenges Anthony Elding unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joel Byrom.

46:35

Chris Beardsley takes a shot. Simon Eastwood makes a comfortable save.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +0:42

Andy Procter challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jon Harley restarts play with the free kick.

43:54

Joel Byrom takes a shot. Simon Eastwood makes a save. Chris Beardsley has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

43:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joel Byrom by Brian Howard. Direct free kick taken by Joel Byrom.

41:54

Brian Howard takes a shot. Save by Thorsten Stuckmann. Brian Howard takes the inswinging corner, Andy Procter makes a clearance. A cross is delivered by Brian Howard, clearance made by Bailey Wright.

41:33

Foul by Joel Byrom on Darel Russell, free kick awarded. Scott Allan takes the free kick.

40:44

The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Beardsley. Simon Eastwood takes the free kick.

39:52

Brian Howard takes the free kick.

39:52 Booking

Booking Andy Procter goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

39:38

Andy Procter concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Allan.

38:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Izale McLeod. Thorsten Stuckmann takes the indirect free kick.

38:12

Jake Jervis takes a shot. Save made by Thorsten Stuckmann. Scott Allan decides to take a short corner.

37:36

Shot from just outside the area by Chris Robertson misses to the right of the target. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joel Byrom.

35:12

Unfair challenge on Chris Beardsley by Darel Russell results in a free kick. Joel Byrom takes the direct free kick.

33:49

The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Elding. Simon Eastwood restarts play with the free kick.

33:18

The assistant referee flags for offside against Izale McLeod. Bailey Wright restarts play with the free kick.

32:16

Anthony Elding is ruled offside. Simon Eastwood restarts play with the free kick.

31:08

David Buchanan sends in a cross, Mustapha Dumbuya gets a block in.

27:27

Joel Byrom challenges Scott Allan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian Howard.

25:06

Jake Jervis has an effort direct from the free kick.

25:06 Booking

Booking The referee books Bailey Wright for dissent.

24:44

Jake Jervis fouled by Bailey Wright, the ref awards a free kick.

24:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Izale McLeod by Jack King. Direct free kick taken by Scott Allan.

23:33

Jeffrey Monakana sends in a cross, Jake Jervis gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.

23:02

Joel Byrom takes a shot. Save made by Simon Eastwood. Short corner taken by Joel Byrom.

22:24

Unfair challenge on Chris Beardsley by Darel Russell results in a free kick. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff takes the direct free kick.

20:58

Foul by Ricardo Rocha on Chris Beardsley, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joel Byrom from left wing, Brian Howard manages to make a clearance. Shot from just outside the box by David Buchanan misses to the right of the target.

19:25

The ball is swung over by Chris Beardsley, clearance by Jon Harley. Short corner taken by Joel Byrom. Joel Byrom crosses the ball, Jon Harley makes a clearance.

18:17

A cross is delivered by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Procter on Brian Howard. Direct free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

17:10

Effort from the edge of the box by Joel Byrom goes wide of the right-hand upright.

16:26

The ball is sent over by David Buchanan, Gabor Gyepes gets a block in.

12:07 Penalty

Placed penalty missed by Izale McLeod.

12:07

Izale McLeod fouled by Chris Robertson, the ref awards a Penalty.

10:56

Effort from deep inside the area by Darel Russell misses to the right of the goal.

10:37

Mustapha Dumbuya produces a cross, clearance made by Chris Robertson.

10:19

Jake Jervis produces a cross, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff manages to make a clearance.

9:46

Foul by Andy Procter on Darel Russell, free kick awarded. Scott Allan restarts play with the free kick.

7:14

Inswinging corner taken by Joel Byrom from the right by-line.

5:45

Jake Jervis is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Thorsten Stuckmann.

4:40

Brian Howard takes a short corner.

3:16

The official flags Chris Beardsley offside. Simon Eastwood takes the indirect free kick.

2:17

The official flags Jake Jervis offside. Thorsten Stuckmann restarts play with the free kick.

1:28

The offside flag is raised against Izale McLeod. Thorsten Stuckmann takes the indirect free kick.

0:55

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joel Byrom.

0:44

The ball is delivered by Chris Beardsley, clearance by Gabor Gyepes.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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