Pompey held by Dons

Pompey open the scoring against MK Dons. Picture: Barry Zee
Pompey open the scoring against MK Dons. Picture: Barry Zee
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David Connolly’s first Pompey goal was not enough to end the club’s search for a win against MK Dons tonight.

Connolly’s 22nd-minute maiden header was cancelled out by Shaun Williams as it finished 1-1 at Fratton Park.

That means the Blues have picked up three draws in their last four as their winless run stretched to 23 games.

Pompey were good value for a point but the feeling was a little more impetus would have reaped rewards against an MK Dons side low on self-belief.

Caretaker boss Guy Whittingham’s side did not lack for effort on a chilly night at Fratton Park in what was a scrappy affair.

MK Dons came into the match without a win in six games - and that showed in their early play.

The Blues, who themselves are low on confidence, started much the brighter but it was Luke Chadwick who threatened first – firing over after nine minutes.

Liam Walker replied immediately but his shot was also off target before Pompey old boy Izale McLeod smashed an effort wide on the charge.

The home side so nearly had the breakthrough after 21 minutes when Yassin Moutaouakil’s centre prompted a melee but Antony Kay hacked it away from two yards out.

The opener did arrive a minute later, though, when Jed Wallace whipped in a lovely free-kick which David Connolly deftly flicked home.

However, Pompey’s lead lasted for just five minutes as a long, angled free-kick from Gary Mackenzie found its way to Williams, who rifled home a fine finish which left Simon Eastwood with no chance.

It was clear Karl Robinson’s side were lacking in conviction, though, and looking particularly shaky at the back.

The second-half proved a pretty shoddy affair with McLeod passing up two chances before he was withdrawn.

Wallace broke clear in the 61st minute but Dons keeper Ian McLoughlin was alert to smother his drive.

Patrick Agyemang then missed from a yard but the offside flag spared his blushes.

Pompey are now on 24 points but with Hartlepool beating Crewe 3-0 tonight the Blues are six points adrift at the foot of League One with 11 games left.