Jed Wallace's second-half strike earned Portsmouth a well-deserved point against Exeter City at St James Park.

The hosts took the lead when Craig Woodman's cross reached striker Tom Nichols who turned and volleyed his shot into the bottom right corner.

The visitors dominated the second-half but Grecians keeper Christy Pym twice denied Ryan Bird's headed efforts.

Pompey equalised when Jed Wallace cut in from the right and his deflected shot found the bottom left corner.

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

"We were solid enough, they didn't create too much but we didn't move the ball quick enough first half.

Post-match: Portsmouth boss Awford

"First day of the season you just want to get out the way and hopefully win, but obviously not get beat, that's really important. We're pleased to take a point but obviously we'd have preferred the win.

"It was a lot better second half and that's the standard that we expect. In the first half we haven't hit those heights but we've managed to stay in the game which was important."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Exeter City

  • 30 Pym
  • 26 Tillson
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 04 Bennett
  • 03 Woodman Booked
  • 16 Dawson
  • 14 Grimes
  • 07 Sercombe (Butterfield - 86' )
  • 08 Oakley
  • 10 Keohane
  • 20 Nichols (Wheeler - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Butterfield
  • 11 Davies
  • 17 Tisdale
  • 21 Hamon
  • 22 Wheeler
  • 28 Pope
  • 29 Watkins

Portsmouth

  • 01 Jones
  • 02 Webster
  • 03 Whatmough Booked
  • 06 Chorley
  • 17 Shorey
  • 08 Wallace
  • 21 Dunne
  • 29 Hollands
  • 07 Barcham (Storey - 72' )
  • 20 Westcarr (Atangana - 60' )
  • 09 Taylor (Bird - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Storey
  • 15 Wynter
  • 16 Robinson
  • 18 Bird
  • 22 Poke
  • 24 Awford
  • 25 Atangana
Ref: Andy Woolmer
Att: 5,694

Match Stats

Shots

4 13

On target

4 4

Corners

4 10

Fouls

4 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Exeter City 1, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +4:45 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +4:26

Foul by Miles Storey (Portsmouth).

90:00 +4:26

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +3:04

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

90:00 +2:38

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Pat Baldwin.

90:00 +0:24

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

89:50

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Grimes.

87:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Ryan Bird replaces Ryan Taylor.

85:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. Danny Butterfield replaces Liam Sercombe because of an injury.

82:35

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth).

82:35

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:11

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

81:10

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Pat Baldwin.

79:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Tom Nichols because of an injury.

77:37

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

76:36

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

73:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Exeter City 1, Portsmouth 1. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

71:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Miles Storey replaces Andy Barcham.

70:04

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Aaron Dawson.

67:18

Attempt blocked. James Dunne (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:49

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:33

Attempt saved. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

60:49 Booking

Booking Craig Woodman (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

60:44

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:44

Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

60:11

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Christy Pym.

59:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Nigel Atangana replaces Craig Westcarr.

59:05 Booking

Booking Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

59:00

Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:57

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

57:12

Attempt saved. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

56:13

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Paul Jones.

56:01

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

55:28

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

53:45

Attempt saved. Craig Westcarr (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

52:23

Attempt missed. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

51:50

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

50:14

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Pat Baldwin.

47:49

Foul by James Dunne (Portsmouth).

47:49

Scott Bennett (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Exeter City 1, Portsmouth 0.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Exeter City 1, Portsmouth 0.

45:00 +0:40

Foul by Ben Chorley (Portsmouth).

45:00 +0:40

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:00

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:58

Foul by James Dunne (Portsmouth).

40:38

Foul by James Dunne (Portsmouth).

40:38

Matt Oakley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:06

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is too high.

37:13

Hand ball by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

36:31

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

36:31

Matt Oakley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:21

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

32:44

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Craig Westcarr.

28:33

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:33

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

26:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Exeter City 1, Portsmouth 0. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Oakley.

26:18

Foul by Adam Webster (Portsmouth).

26:18

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:09

Attempt missed. Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

18:03

Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:03

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Exeter City).

10:37

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

10:10

Attempt blocked. James Dunne (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

8:48

Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:48

Foul by Jimmy Keohane (Exeter City).

7:42

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

5:56

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

2:18

Tom Nichols (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:18

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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