Pools And Pompey Share Points
There were no goals to separate the teams as Pools played host to Portsmouth this afternoon.
Both teams enjoyed spells of pressure but the final ball was lacking at both ends and the game finished all square.
James Poole was first to test visiting keeper Trevor Carson this afternoon when he fired a shot at him in the opening minutes only to see the stopper ready to collect.
In a first half that saw both teams enjoy spells of possession, Jack Baldwin put in a well-timed header to send an Andy Barcham cross from the right over Flinders’ bar.
While it was Pools who had made the first effort on goal, it was the visitors who went closest as Jed Wallace turned to send a great drive on target which was just touched by an outstretched Flinders onto the post where it then bounced and rolled across the face of goal, without crossing the line.
Ryan Bird was next up for Portsmouth as he cut in from the right to fire in from a tight angle but again Flinders was on hand to hold the shot.
At the other end, Andy Monkhouse sent a powerful strike in from distance which was deflected just wide of the post, while Simon Walton sent the resulting corner through a crowd towards goal but Carson held it.
Former Portsmouth man Jack Compton sent a freekick up and over the bar as Pools looked to take advantage of their possession in this first half.
Matty Dolan was dominating things in the middle for Pools, picking out his teammates with a whole range of inch-perfect passes.
But, while it was Cooper’s men who saw more of the ball, the first half finished goalless as they failed to find that final ball.
Pools started the second half brightly but after a couple of half-chances on goal, it was the visitors who were pressing on goal and Flinders had to be alert to collect a Whatmough header from a corner kick.
And it was the visitors who went on to press, pushing Pools back and looking the more likely to open the scoring.
Another great pass from Dolan followed by typical determination from the impressive Duckworth gave Pools the lift they needed – and sparked some real encouragement from the terraces.
But after a real good spell of passing play from Pools, the game fell a little flat again – a Flinders save from Barcham on 71 was the only real chance of note.
While it was a quite game for Luke James, he almost stole the show on 82 minutes when he turned impressively before unleashing a drive at Carson but the Pompey keeper was able to block the ball and was then quickest to the rebound.
Matty Dolan had a late chance to grab the points when he sent a lovely strike in from the edge of the area but the midfielder was denied by an acrobatic save from Carson.
Pools were well on the up now and continued to press to the final whistle, enjoying their best spell of pressure late in the game.
But there was no late winner and the game finished 0-0.
Full Time: Pools 0 Portsmouth 0
Att: 4126 (571 Portsmouth)
Booked: Dolan (90)
Pools: Flinders, Duckworth, Baldwin, Bugress, Austin, Compton (Franks 65), Walton, Dolan, Monkhouse, Poole (Sweeney 77), James
Subs Not Used: Rafferty, Collins, Richards, Walker, Rodney, Franks
Portsmouth: Carson, Devera, Whatmough, Bradley, Potts, Wallace (Connolly 90), Ertl, Cooper, Barcham (East 84), Holmes, Bird
Subs Not Used: Sullivan, N’Gala, Padovani, Painter, Maloney