Pompey Iron out home woes with late win

Gabor Gyepes celebrates his opener in the 2-1 win over Scunthorpe at Fratton Park    Picture: Steve Reid

Gabor Gyepes celebrates his opener in the 2-1 win over Scunthorpe at Fratton Park Picture: Steve Reid

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New-boy Wes Thomas was the late hero as Pompey gained their first home league win of the season against Scunthorpe.

Thomas pounced in the 89th minute to make it a debut to remember and hand his team a 2-1 success at Fratton Park.

Gabor Gyepes had cancelled out Leon Clarke’s opener before the on-loan Bournemouth struck from Brian Howard’s cross late on.

It looked like Howard would be left to rue a first-half penalty miss before Thomas struck.

The first 45 minutes proved an open affair with chances for both sides.

Scunthorpe opened the scoring from their first real chance as Clarke rolled home Jimmy Ryan’s cutback.

The visitors then had a good penalty shout turned down when Gyepes appeared to impede Karl Hawley.

Pompey levelled after 12 minutes from a corner when Gyepes lashed the ball home after an airshot from Izale McLeod.

Hawley then perhaps should have done better when firing at Mikkel Andersen when well placed.

Pompey should have had the lead after 31 minutes when Niall Canavan fouled Thomas in the box, but sub keeper James Severn was equal to Brian Howard’s spot-kick.

There was still time for Clarke to glance a decent chance wide with his head before the interval.

Ashley Harris and Thomas collided with each other after the restart when well placed as Pompey chased the game.

Harris then had a shot deflected wide after a fine run, before sub Johnny Ertl aimed his effort at Severn when well placed.

That didn’t matter though when Thomas did the business late on to send the Fratton faithful home happy.

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