Ten-man Pompey exit Cup

Pompey striker Izale McLeod runs at the Notts County defence
Pompey striker Izale McLeod runs at the Notts County defence
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Poor Pompey crashed out of the FA Cup with a whimper as they went down 2-0 to Notts County today.

Francois Zoko’s goal in first-half injury-time and Yoan Arquin’s header 11 minutes after the restart did the damage.

Scott Allan was sent off in the second-half in an incident which sparked a touchline melee on a day to forget for Michael Appleton’s men.

The first-half proved a dreary affair, with both sides struggling to get a foothold in the game.

There was little in the way of meaningful action, aside from 60 seconds in which both sides hit the bar.

First Arquinn skewed his shot on to Simon Eastwood’s bar when well placed after 19 minutes.

Pompey then immediately countered and Izale McLeod got above Bartosz Bialkowksi to head on to the crossbar from a couple of yards.

Lubomir Michalik blasted a half chance over from 30 yards, before the Blues gave a dreadful goal away in stoppage time at the end of the half.

Brian Howard was at fault as he gave the ball away on the edge of the box, allowing Alan Judge to cross and Zoko to nod home from a couple of yards.

McLeod gave Pompey fans some cause for optimism with a charge and angled shot which Bialkowski parried six minutes after the restart.

But things got worse for the home side five minutes later when Jamal Campbell-Ryce crossed for Arquin to head home with ease.

To make matters worse for Appleton’s side, they were then reduced to 10 men as Scott Allan was given a second yellow for clattering Andre Boucaud.

That incident sparked a touchline melee which saw Jamal Campbell-Ryce booked and Pompey assistant Ashley Westwood sent to the stand.

The dismissal made a tough task getting back into the game impossible for the Blues – although the reality was that never looked on the cards.