Chaplin rescues point for Pompey

Conor Chaplin celebrates his late leveller Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin celebrates his late leveller Picture: Joe Pepler
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Conor Chaplin’s superb 89th-minute strike rescued a point for Pompey at Barnet.

The substitute’s right-footed 25-yarder ensured it finished 1-1 at The Hive.

That was after Mauro Vilhete’s free-kick eight minutes from time looked to have given Kevin Nugent’s side the points in his first game in charge.

They were two moments of class which lit up a game low on quality as Pompey’s 2,430 travelling fans outnumbered the home following.

It was a first 45 minutes short on decent play with it taking 25 minutes for a half-decent chance to arrive.

That came as Eoin Doyle flashed a header wide from Gary Roberts’ cross.

Seconds later Curtis Weston shot was punched away by David Forde.

Former Pompey striker John Akinde was Barnet’s key threat and dipped a half volley just over after 28 minutes.

Eoin Doyle then couldn’t quite get a touch on Christian Burgess’ header from Kyle Bennett’s 36th-minute free-kick.

Charlie Clough’s header was deflected wide five minutes before the break in the last action of a poor half.

Pompey made a brave double change at the interval as Chaplin and Danny Rose came on and Cook switched to a diamond and two strikers.

The move failed to see the visitors carve out any chances of note, however before Vilhete’s free-kick.

Forde could do little as he curled his effort over the wall after Matt Clarke fouled Justin Amaluzor.

But then Chaplin stepped up with a bolt from blue in the dying minutes as he blitzed home a 25-yarder.

The result keeps Pompey fifth in the table.