Chopra strike chops down Pompey

Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Pompey’s woes continued tonight as Michael Chopra’s first-half goal sunk them against Ipswich.

The Tractor Boys’ 13th-minute strike did the damage at Fratton Park as the visitors collected a 1-0 win.

That meant the result echoed the Blues’ off-the-field problems after they applied to go into administration yesterday.

Both sides had plenty of chances to score in front of a crowd of 14,330.

Pompey will look to ref Darren Deadman for not giving a second-half goal, as he decided Greg Halford’s long throw went in without getting a touch from one of the cluster of bodies in front of Ipswich keeper Arran Lee-Barrett.

Marko Futacs had a chance after 25 minutes which was deflected over, and Dave Kitson skewed a shot wide when well placed after 65 minutes.

But the visitors had opportunities to kill the game off, too, with the lively Lee Martin hitting the post and firing over from a few yards.

The Pompey fans showed their fighting spirit with chants of ‘we’re not gonna die’ ringing around the stadium long after the final whistle.