Old boy nets as Pompey settle for a point

David Norris, left, got Pompey's opener against Leicester
David Norris, left, got Pompey's opener against Leicester
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Pompey deserved their win at Fleetwood, according to Alan Knight. Picture: Mark Robinson

Knight: Well-deserved Pompey win at Fleetwood

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David Nugent returned to haunt his former side at Fratton Park.

Nugent’s superb equaliser gave Leicester a come-from-behind 1-1 draw against Pompey on Michael Appleton’s first home game in charge.

The Scouser fired home from 25 yards in the 74th minute to cancel out David Norris’ deflected opener six minutes earlier.

The game burst to life after a dour first 45 minutes, and it looked like it would be a happy afternoon on the pitch - following more woes behind the scenes.

Keeper Kasper Schmeichel made fine saves to deny Hayden Mullins and Norris after the break.

It was a poor, poor opening half to Michael Appleton’s first game in charge at Fratton Park.

There was little in the way of clearcut opportunities with Norris hitting an early volley wide.

Nugent failed to steer a cross on target at the back stick while Norris couldn’t beat Kasper Schmeichel with a similar effort.

But the game came alive after the interval - with the opening 90 seconds bringing more action than the entire first-half.

First, Hayden Mullins slipped when well placed and then Schmeichel pulled off a wonder stop to deny Kitson’s header.

Pompey did make the breakthrough though after 68 minutes when Mullins teed up Norris who fired home with the aid of the deflection.

That lead lasted for six minutes before Nugent made his classy intervention.

The response was nearly instant as Norris smashed his shot off the upright and Schmeichel kept out the follow-up from Mullins.

That was it in terms of decent chances, with Appleton having to settle for a point on his first home game in charge.

The result leaves Pompey 17th in the table on 20 points from 18 games.