League One
Accrington1Portsmouth1

Accrington Stanley 1-1 Portsmouth

League One leaders Portsmouth were held to a 1-1 draw by promotion-chasing Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

Oli Hawkins fired home his third goal in three games after 62 minutes, but two minutes later Stanley were level thanks to Michael Ihiekwe's first goal for the Reds.

Pompey forced the pace in the opening 30 minutes with Stanley keeper Connor Ripley keeping out Jamal Lowe from a tight angle, denying Gareth Evans with a diving save before pushing a Ronan Curtis strike around the post.

The Reds grew into the game and were awarded a penalty after 32 minutes when visiting goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray brought down Billy Kee in the area.

However, the normally reliable striker fired his spot-kick straight down the middle and MacGillivray pushed it away.

Pompey continued to create chances and a volley by Ronan Curtis thumped against the crossbar after 57 minutes.

The visitors took the lead soon after when Evans put a free-kick into the danger area and Hawkins stuck out his leg to send it past Ripley.

Stanley were back on terms almost immediately, however, when a Sean McConville free-kick was headed home by Ihiekwe, on loan from Rotherham to make it honours even.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 30Ripley
  • 2Johnson
  • 3Hughes
  • 4Ihiekwe
  • 24Wilmer-Anderton
  • 22Mingoia
  • 26Barlaser
  • 14Finley
  • 11McConvilleBooked at 50mins
  • 29Kee
  • 9ZanzalaSubstituted forHallat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Maxted
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 8Brown
  • 10Hall
  • 15Sykes
  • 19Mangan
  • 28Conneely

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 20ThompsonBooked at 47mins
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 32Thompson
  • 33Close
  • 10Lowe
  • 26Evans
  • 11Curtis
  • 9HawkinsSubstituted forPitmanat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 2Walkes
  • 8Pitman
  • 14Mason
  • 16Whatmough
  • 22Wheeler
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
3,558

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Portsmouth 1.

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

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

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

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ben Close.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Connor Hall replaces Offrande Zanzala.

Hand ball by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

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

Foul by Ben Thompson (Portsmouth).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Brett Pitman replaces Oliver Hawkins.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

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

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

Foul by Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

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

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth).

Attempt blocked. Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

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

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Oliver Hawkins.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Portsmouth 1. Michael Ihiekwe (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean McConville following a set piece situation.

Foul by Ben Thompson (Portsmouth).

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

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 0, Portsmouth 1. Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gareth Evans with a cross following a set piece situation.

Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley).

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Michael Ihiekwe (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley).

Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth16105127141335
2Peterborough16103333211233
3Sunderland1595130131732
4Barnsley1584328141428
5Luton168442719828
6Accrington167632018227
7Coventry168351917227
8Doncaster167452522325
9Walsall157441819-125
10Fleetwood166552416823
11Southend167272121023
12Blackpool145721712522
13Charlton156452220222
14Rochdale165472231-919
15Wycombe164662224-218
16Burton155371921-218
17Scunthorpe164572334-1117
18Gillingham154382328-515
19Shrewsbury163671419-515
20Bristol Rovers163581114-314
21Oxford Utd163581724-714
22Plymouth163491827-913
23Wimbledon1632111024-1411
24Bradford1631121230-1810
View full League One table

Top Stories