Futacs hits the Marko as Pompey draw

Marko Futacs opened the scoring for Pompey after 20 minutes
Marko Futacs opened the scoring for Pompey after 20 minutes
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Marko Futacs marked his first Pompey start with a goal as the Blues gained a well-earned 1-1 draw at Leicester.

The Hungarian striker justified his selection as he fired the visitors into a 20th-minute lead, collecting David Norris’ cross with his chest before blasting past Kasper Schmeichel.

Pompey managed to hold on to their advantage for just four minutes, though, as old-boy David Nugent levelled matters when he got the better of Greg Halford to nod past Stephen Henderson.

But Michael Appleton’s men were well worthy of a point and could have grabbed victory when Halford saw his header came back off the post, while Dave Kitson nodded wide of goal after getting the better of a stranded Schmeichel.

The only negatives on a promising display for Pompey were the bookings of Joel Ward and Halford, who are now suspended for Monday’s clash with Watford for picking up five yellow cards.