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Report: Wycombe 2-2 Portsmouth

28 November 2015

Wanderers earned a point against promotion favourites Portsmouth with goals from Michael Harriman and Garry Thompson.

The hosts led 2-0 through quick-fire efforts but were caught out just before the break when Caolan Lavery tapped home, and Adam Webster's header ensured the points would be shared at Adams Park.

Gareth Ainsworth fielded an unchanged side for the third game running, and the luxury of having a settled back five helped Wanderers keep Pompey’s attack quiet in the opening stages, having scored six past York in midweek.

In fact there were no chances of note until two arrived in two minutes – and both led to goals for the Wanderers. Their high tempo game had unnerved the Pompey backline and keeper Brian Murphy was pressured into a poor clearance which landed at the feet of Luke O’Nien. His effort was miscued but the ball landed at the feet of Michael Harriman, who span and lobbed into the empty net from 40 yards.

Moments later, it was 2-0, with Harriman involved again as he latched on to a superb through-ball from Paul Hayes and whipped in a cross which Garry Thompson slid in to meet and notch his fifth goal of the season.

The visitors broke into the Chairboys’ area on a couple of occasions to threaten but found themselves repelled by some excellent defending, while at the other end, Sam Wood almost had his first goal of the season when Thompson played him in only for Murphy to block his shot from close range.

It looked like being a perfect half for the Blues, but they were dealt a blow when the visitors halved the deficit just before the interval. Marc McNulty stayed onside to collect Christian Burgess’ through-ball and unselfishly squared it left when through on goal, giving Caolan Lavery a simple tap-in.

A spot of pinball straight after the break almost gave Paul Cook’s men an equaliser from a free-kick straight after the break, before Garry Thompson chipped just over at the end other end as he met a through-ball on the right side of the box with the keeper caught in two minds.

However the fourth goal followed soon after and it was a leveller for Pompey when Adam Webster met a corner with a free header, powering an effort beyond Ingram on the line.

Portsmouth went in hunt of a winner and saw Ben Davies’ free-kick saved by Ingram during a spell of late pressure, but there was to be no late drama on a day where both sides are likely to be content with a draw.

Wycombe: Ingram, McCarthy, Jombati, Stewart, Pierre, Harriman (Kretzschmar 90), Bloomfield, O’Nien, Wood, Thompson, Hayes (Amadi-Holloway 82).

Unused subs: Richardson, Rowe, Sellers, Banton, Ugwu.

Portsmouth: Murphy, Davies, Stevens, Burgess, Webster, Bennett (Tollitt 88), Hollands (Barton 45), Doyle, McGurk (Evans 67), McNulty, Lavery.

Unused subs: Bass, Stockley, Chaplin, Clarke.

Ref: Mr M Haywood

Attendance: 5,816 (1,976 from Portsmouth)

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