Pompey end season with a point

David Nugent, left, celebrates his leveller at Scunthorpe
David Nugent, left, celebrates his leveller at Scunthorpe
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David Nugent rescued a point for Pompey as they brought the curtain down on their 2010-11 Championship season with a 1-1 draw against already-relegated Scunthorpe.

The former Preston striker scored what could have been his final goal in Pompey colours in the 80th minute to cancel out Ramon Nunez’s 26th-minute effort.

The winger was a constant thorn in the Blues’ side, rightly winning the hosts’ man-of-the-match award.

And it looked like his early strike would condemn Pompey to yet another defeat on the road.

With Scunthorpe playing some absorbing football in the first half, the Pompey players already look set to start their summer holidays.

Michael Nelson and Michael O’Connor all went close for the Iron in the first half, with Pompey’s only effort on goal coming on the stroke of half-time from Liam Lawrence.

Pompey were a completely different team in the second half after being sent out early from the interval by a frustrated Steve Cotterill.

Whatever Cotterill said at half-time did the trick and a much better performance ensued as they took the game to their hosts.

Greg Halford, Nugent and Kanu all had chances.

Nunez saw a spectacular effort from 30 yards tipped over the bar from Ashdown before Duffy hit the post after the Blues keeper parried.

However, it was Pompey who would have the last laugh, with Nugent firing home a scrappy goal after Lawrence, Kanu and substitute David Cotterill all had a go.