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Match Report (from the News)
New Look Blues settle for a draw
PHOTO: Izale McLeod celebrates Pompey's first goal
Pompey had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their League One opener with Bournemouth today.
Lee Barnard’s 77th-minute header pegged back Izale McLeod’s first-half opener in front of 17,703 fans at Fratton Park.
It looked like Michael Appleton’s new-look side would get their season off to a flier in a dominant first-half.
But the Cherries got back into the game late on as the Blues flagged.
McLeod’s goal after 18 minutes came courtesy of a huge gaffe from visiting keeper Shwan Jalal, as he let his 25-yard shot squirm through his legs.
Pompey should have had a second as they dominated, and McLeod missed a gilt-edged chance when clean through five minutes after the restart.
The visitors were an increasing threat, however, and got their reward for pushing Pompey back with 13 minutes left.
It looked like Purbrook youngster Ashley Harris had won it late on when his 25-yarder cannoned back off the post.
A draw was probably just about the right outcome, but there were plenty of encouraging signs from Appleton’s men for the campaign ahead.
Match Result Portsmouth 1 Bournemouth 1 (HT 1-0)
Pompey: Andersen, Harley, Long, Connolly, Dumbuya, Djilali, Howard, Williamson, Compton, Rodgers, McLeod. Subs: Eastwood, Clifford, Harris, Webster.
Bournemouth: Jalal, Barnard, Francis, Addison,Pugh, Elphick, Daniels, Thomas, O'Kane, Partington, Macdonald. Subs: Collins, Wakefield, Tubbs, Grabban, Arter, Cook, Zubar,
Scorers: McLeod 18 mins ; Barnard 77 mins
Cherries: Mitchell expects victory despite Pompey signing spree
7:00am Saturday 18th August 2012 in Cherries News
CHAIRMAN Eddie Mitchell admits he will be “very disappointed" if Cherries fail to show their class at Fratton Park – regardless of Portsmouth's controversial signing spree.
Much-fancied Cherries take their expensively-assembled team to take on troubled Pompey in a League One derby opener this afternoon (3pm).
The south coast neighbours have experienced fluctuating fortunes in recent months – with promotion-hunting Cherries splashing the cash while the beleaguered Blues have endured serious off-field problems.
Cherries supporters remembering the club's long-running transfer embargo have questioned the decision to allow Portsmouth, who are still in administration and without an owner, to sign new players.
Administrator Trevor Birch gave Pompey boss Michael Appleton the green light and he handed temporary deals to a host of players as he built a squad from scratch on Thursday.
But Mitchell, in charge during some of Cherries' transfer embargo, insisted he had no issue with Portsmouth being permitted to recruit. And he insists Cherries should still be able to make their preparations count.
Mitchell told the Daily Echo: “I don't make the rules and I don't approve the rules so what happens, happens.
“I'm not going to get on my high horse about it. I just want us to go there and win.
“But other than that, for the sake of their supporters, I hope they keep their club going and playing at a level where their fans come out in numbers.
“We have got to make sure we go there and be the superior team. We have had a long close season to get ready, we have brought in new players and they have had time to settle. I know we have got a few injuries, but the boys have got to step up to the mark and show their superiority.
“Portsmouth have signed players and whether they have been together in the close season, I don't know.
“But will they be as well prepared as us? I would like to think not.
“We have quality players at the club. I think we have got to go and start proving it week after week now. I shall be very disappointed if we don't start today."
Mitchell added: “I want Portsmouth to stay afloat and keep playing in our division. I don't wish them all the best for today but after that I hope they do well. It is good to see that they are able to get some players together."