Portsmouth floored by late leveller as they settle for point against play-off chasing Barnsley

Bobby Thomas’ late header saw Pompey have to settle for a point against play-off chasing Barnsley.
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The defender’s header from a long throw cancelled out Colby Bishop’s 16th goal of the season in the 1-1 draw.

Bishop struck four minutes after the restart before the visitors leveller arrived out of the blue in the 89th minute.

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Pompey did see a key moment go their way with 11 minutes left, as ref Andy Woolmer whistled for a foul a millisecond before Devante Cole fired home.

Bobby Thomas levels late on for BarnsleyBobby Thomas levels late on for Barnsley
Bobby Thomas levels late on for Barnsley

There was a lot to like about the display from Mousinho’s side, as they stepped it up following a frenetic first 45 minutes.

But the late leveller meant it felt like a defeat against the side aiming to return to the Championship.

The visitors carved out the first chance with Adam Phillips glancing Herbie Kane’s corner wide.

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Pompey had the ball in the net in the 22nd minute, but Colby Bishop was judged to be offside as he fired home Jacobs’ ball in.

Macey then made two big stops in succession - first touching Adam Phillips’ chip on to the bar. Then the keeper did superbly to make himself big and keep out Devante Cole’s finish as he burst through.

Jacobs’ finish was blocked by Mads Andersen in the last action of the half

The breakthrough came in the 49th minute, as Pack’s delightful ball in from the right was met by a predatory Bishop finish.

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That put Pompey firmly in the ascendancy as the home crowd willed their side forward in search of more goals.

A second almost came as Ogilivie’s 20 yarder was deflected just over before Di’Shon Bernard headed narrowly wide from the resulting corner.

New boy Paddy Lane was given a warm welcome when he was introduced in the 71st minute for Jacobs.

Lane narrowly fired wide an angled drive a few minutes before a key moment with 11 minutes remaining

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It was Cole who fired home from inside the box but ref Andy Woolmer blew his whistle a millisecond before the striker shot, leading to a huge Pompey let off and the Fratton End singing ‘stand up if you love the ref!’.

There was a late sting in the tale, however, with Thomas getting a touch on a long throw to floor Pompey.