Huseklepp will rue missed opportunites as Pompey are held on the road

Erik Huseklepp celebrates his first-half goal at Blackpool        Picture: Steve Reid

Erik Huseklepp celebrates his first-half goal at Blackpool Picture: Steve Reid

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A wonder free-kick from Stephen Crainey denied gutsy Pompey victory at Blackpool tonight.

Crainey’s 25 yarder cancelled out Erik Huseklepp’s opener as the Blues drew 1-1 at Bloomfield Road.

It could and perhaps should have been an against-the-odds victory for Michael Appleton’s battlers against the in-form side, though.

There were chances for the visitors to inflict a first defeat of 2012 on the Tangerines.

Huseklepp went clear after 29 minutes but was foiled by Matthew Gilks.

The Norwegian then opened the scoring just before the interval, but could have had a second six minutes after the restart.

Another chance went begging after 64 minutes, when he failed to get enough purchase on his shot after bursting through.

Blackpool then levelled with 14 minutes left as Crainey fired home after Greg Halford fouled Alex Baptiste.

That meant Pompey had to settle for a point - but that didn’t silence the Blues’ outstanding fans.

They were at their resilient best throughout and undertook a ‘protest Poznan’ in the second half.

The fans turned their back on play for two minutes and sung ‘Michael Appleton’s blue and white army’ in an effort to show unity and highlight the club’s woes in the Sky-televised clash.

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