Pompey pick up point at Chesterfield

Romain Padovani in action against Chesterfield tonight Picture: Joe Pepler
Romain Padovani in action against Chesterfield tonight Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey defender Jack Whatmough Picture: Joe Pepler

Defender setback – but Pompey boss sees positives

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Outstanding Pompey picked up an excellent point at League Two leaders Chesterfield tonight.

The Blues served up their best football of the season to come away with a 0-0 draw from the Proact Stadium.

The only question for Richie Barker’s men was how they didn’t deliver a win after having the better of the game for long periods.

Chances aplenty came, with the best of them seeing Jake Jervis crack a post and keeper Tommy Lee saving from Wes Fogden.

Chesterfield went into the game as the division’s form side, as well as sitting top of the pile.

But Pompey produced arguably their best performance of the campaign with a dominant first 45 minutes.

The only thing lacking was a goal from the Blues as they racked up the efforts.

Ricky Holmes had two early chances, before Jervis cracked the post with Spireites keeper Lee getting an important touch on his angled drive.

Toumani Diagouraga then saw a 20-yarder deflected over for a corner.

Next Romain Padovani had a couple of half-chances, before the home side threatened through Gary Roberts, but Trevor Carson held his 25-yarder.

Chesterfield’s only real dangerous moment arrived when Dan Gardner smashed a free-kick just wide five minutes before the break.

The feeling was the home side would come back into it after the break.

Roberts drilled a shot wide three minutes after the restart for Paul Cook’s men.

But then it was normal service resumed, with Pompey having the better of it.

Jervis grazed the foot of the post with a daisy-cutter after 60 minutes.

Fogden looked like he’d scored when put through from a great Nicky Shorey pass with 15 minutes left – but Lee again saved superbly.

And then Jervis looked like he’d steered Jed Wallace’s shot in with 12 minutes left.

Once again, though, the ball went the wrong side of the post as Pompey picked up a richly-deserved point.