Trevor Carson was the hero turned villain as Pompey threw away a precious victory at Morecambe.
Twice Richie Barker’s side took the lead and twice the Shrimps were let back in to secure a 2-2 scoreline at the Globe Arena this afternoon.
Yet it was the home side’s second equaliser which was the talking point, as Carson let substitute Jack Redshaw’s 74th-minute effort to squirm through his diving body to level.
Carson had earlier won applause, having pulled off a superb stop to deny Padraig Amond’s first-half penalty from giving the Shrimps the lead.
However, it was an awful error later in the match which cost his team two points in their bid to avoid relegation into non-league football.
By right, Jake Jervis should have been the name on everyone’s lips at the final whistle, having scored twice on his second full debut for the Blues.
He converted Jed Wallace’s cross from the left on 10 minutes from close range for the opener.
Home defender Mark Hughes levelled on 21 minutes with a free header from six yards out, after a corner couldn’t be cleared by the Blues.
Then came Carson’s penalty stop – just four minutes before Jervis netted a second, tapping home Marcos Painter’s left-wing delivery.
But Carson would also have the final say in the result with his error and it was honours shared between the sides.