Ten-man Pompey claim victory

Paul Robinson in action for Pompey today Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Robinson in action for Pompey today Picture: Joe Pepler
Tareiq Holmes-Dennis in action against Bournemouth

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Ten-man Pompey turned in a tremendously gutsy display to seal a 2-1 win over Cambridge United in their first League Two home clash of the season.

The Blues took the lead 10 minutes before the break when Miles Storey’s trickery down the left gained him a yard of space to clip in a clever cross to allow Ryan Taylor to glance home a classy header.

But the game changed just before the interval when Adam Webster was sent off for his second yellow card - having picked up his first midway through the half.

It was a poor mistake from the young defender, who made a needless foul in the Cambridge half when there was little danger.

But it left Pompey knowing they would have to play out the whole of the second half with 10 men.

They were given a huge bonus when Pompey doubled their lead - thanks to a comical own goal from Tom Bonner, who was helpless as an attempted clearance was blasted against him.

It gave the Blues a two-goal cushion but Cambridge fought back just three minutes later as Kwesi Appiah headed home to halve the deficit.

Pompey, however, turned in a brilliant team effort, roared on by a crowd of nearly 17,000 to ensure they would not be denied their victory.