Appleton rues Schmeichel wonder show

Pompey boss Michael Appleton
Pompey boss Michael Appleton
John-Joe OToole, right, is consoled by team-mate David Buchanan at the final whistle at Fratton Park  Picture: Kirsty Edmonds

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Michael Appleton believes Kasper Schmeichel was the difference between one point and three on his home bow today.

Schmeichel made a couple of outstanding stops to deny the Blues victory in the 1-1 draw with Leicester.

The Foxes No1 produced a world class stop to keep out Dave Kitson’s header just after the restart.

And he followed it up with another fine effort to deny Hayden Mullins’ drive, after David Norris cracked the upright with 15 minutes left.

It was poor value in a lacklustre first 45 minutes on Appleton’s first game in charge at Fratton Park, with little in the way of decent chances for either side.

Pompey upped their game after the break with Norris making the breakthrough - before old boy David Nugent levelled with a classy 25 yarder.

Appleton said: ‘We’re a bit disappointed we didn’t win the game.

‘Their keeper made the best save I’ve seen in a long time.

‘He was the first person they went to on the full-time whistle.

‘It was pleasing the way we reacted to last week.

‘I told the players to show more belief after the first half - and to take a few more chances. They did that.

‘We need to start somewhere and I feel we built a foundation today.

‘I was delighted with the second-half. It was what I expect - so I was happy with that.’