Futacs hits the Marko as Pompey draw

Marko Futacs opened the scoring for Pompey after 20 minutes

Marko Futacs opened the scoring for Pompey after 20 minutes

Stanley Aborah and Jamal Lowe. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Marko Futacs marked his first Pompey start with a goal as the Blues gained a well-earned 1-1 draw at Leicester.

The Hungarian striker justified his selection as he fired the visitors into a 20th-minute lead, collecting David Norris’ cross with his chest before blasting past Kasper Schmeichel.

Pompey managed to hold on to their advantage for just four minutes, though, as old-boy David Nugent levelled matters when he got the better of Greg Halford to nod past Stephen Henderson.

But Michael Appleton’s men were well worthy of a point and could have grabbed victory when Halford saw his header came back off the post, while Dave Kitson nodded wide of goal after getting the better of a stranded Schmeichel.

The only negatives on a promising display for Pompey were the bookings of Joel Ward and Halford, who are now suspended for Monday’s clash with Watford for picking up five yellow cards.

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