Pompey grind out valuable draw at Luton

Pompey grabbed a 1-1 draw at Luton. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey grabbed a 1-1 draw at Luton. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey fans enjoyed a 2-1 win on their last visit to the Memorial Stadium. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey earned a morale-boosting point on the road at high-flying Luton after a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth.

Just 48 hours after the 2-0 Boxing Day humbling at the hands of AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park, Andy Awford’s side showed plenty of guts and determination to grind out an important draw at the Hatters.

The draw was even more pleasing given the fact that the Blues fell behind on 13 minutes, after Luke Ronney’s left-foot volley found its way past Paul Jones before nestling in the far corner of the net.

That had the potential of opening the Kenilworth Road floodgates.

But Pompey responded well and got back on level terms thanks to a scrappy goal by Ryan Taylor on 36 minutes.

The visitors had been building up to the equaliser after Nigel Atangana and Johnny Ertl threatened.

And their effort was rewarded when Taylor poked home from Jed Wallace’s cross from the right.

After the break, the home side had the majority of the possession but without really testing Jones in the Blues goal.

Pompey’s only moment at the other end came when Wallace had a shot blocked.

But that lack of attacking threat didn’t matter in the end as the Blues held on for a valuable draw to end the Hatters’ impressive run of eight wins on the bounce on home soil.