King bags a point for Pompey

Erik Huseklepp was handed his full debut against Cardiff
Erik Huseklepp was handed his full debut against Cardiff
The under-repair South stand will not be used for the Bournemouth friendly. Picture: Colin Farmery

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King Kanu rose from the bench to save Pompey a point against Cardiff.

The Nigerian headed home a leveller with 10 minutes remaining to earn Steve Cotterill’s side a 1-1 draw.

Kanu evoked memories of Pompey’s 2008 FA Cup win over the Welsh side with his goal after leaving the bench.

It looked as though the Blues would come away from the game empty handed when Andrew Taylor’s low drive put the visitors in front after 71 minutes.

That would have been harsh on Pompey after Joel Ward had hit the bar and Greg Halford’s second-half free-kick came back off the post.

A lacklustre first-half was followed by a better game after the break.

After Halford’s free-kick, Pompey looked as though they had the lead when Halford’s header was cleared off the line by Robert Earnshaw.

There were claims the ball was forced over the line from the ensuing melee, but ref Andy Woolmer and his assistant didn’t give a goal.

Taylor then scored after Earnshaw and Craig Conway combined to put him clear.

But Kanu then entered the fray and showed his mercurial talent to stoop to head home Tal Ben Haim’s ball in.

Pompey pushed for the winner late on, but it wouldn’t arrive for them. That means they are on six points after five games.