Lights dim but spoils are shared

Kal Naismith battles for the ball in Pompey's draw against Scunthorpe. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey 1-1 Scunthorpe: they said what?

POMPEY had to make do with a point against high-flying Leeds despite leading twice in a bizarre game at Fratton Park where the floodlights twice failed.

Joel Ward put Pompey deservedly ahead midway through the first half with an arrowed shot from the edge of the box as the effort fizzed into Kasper Schmeichel's bottom corner.

But as Pompey bossed the first half, winning a succession of corners, they failed to find a second goal before the break that perhaps would have been a better reflection of the first 45 minutes.

With the Leeds players sent out early for the restart, the visitors hit back early in the second period through through Luciano Becchio with a close-range finish.

As the visitors began to take command of the game, Pompey delivered a counter-punch as John Utaka then steered the Blues ahead after a defensive lapse from Leeds.

But Davide Somma - just on as a substitute - drilled home from 25 yards to level the game in a frantic spell.

With the game looking set for a frantic finish, a power cut in the area saw the game stopped twice in the second period for short delays as the floodlights failed.

Fears over an abandonment were short-lived with power restored and teh floodlights cranking back into life.

But with the flow of the game severely disrupted, neither side were able to claim the winner as the points were shared in another entertaining tussle.