Pompey play-off dream looks over

David Cotterill saw this header ruled out for offside
David Cotterill saw this header ruled out for offside
Fratton Park underwent extensive refurbishment in 1988, including the demolition of the Fratton End's upper tier. Picture: Pompey History Society Archive

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Pompey’s play-off dreams have dwindled after they could manage only a 1-1 home draw with relegation-threatened Preston.

Preston took the lead in the first half through Iain Hume’s cool finish after Pompey attempted a suicidal offside trap and Jamie Ashdown was left totally exposed.

But the Blues shurgged off a poor first-half display and were the better side after the break.

Greg Halford restored parity with a smart header at the near post from Hayden Mullins’ corner and he might have done it again soon afterwards with a carbon copy set-piece.

But Preston stood firm and Steve Cotterill’s men were unable to find the winner that could have injected real momentum into a late play-off surge.

As it is, they need a miracle now.