Pompey were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against Accrington Stanley today.
Paul Cook’s side failed to create the chances to warrant victory in front of a crowd of 15,475 at Fratton Park.
The best the Blues could muster were first-half efforts from Jayden Stockley and Gary Roberts.
Sub Matt Tubbs had an acrobatic attempt saved mid-way through the second half.
The first-half proved a largely even affair, which only sparked to life in patches.
Michael Doyle so nearly did that as he tried a Beckham-esque effort from his own half which flew inches wide after 10 minutes.
Jayden Stockley then fired over when well placed after 17 minutes, but had drifted offside.
Accrington were more than punching their weight, though, and Terry Gornell was inches wide with a diving header after 22 minutes.
Stockley then vollyed over again from Kyle Bennett’s ball in 11 minutes later.
It looked as if Accrington should have been reduced to 10 men when Sean McConville landed a rabbit punch on Ben Davies following a tussle. Both players were booked.
The game then came out of its slumber on the stroke of half-time as Jason Mooney did well to keep out Gary Roberts’ ferocious angled drive.
Paul Jones replaced Brian Murphy at the break and then saved well from Sean McConville after 54 minutes.
Josh Windass whistle a shot over the top after 75 minutes before Tubbs worked Jason Mooney with his flying volley nine minutes from time.
That was that, however, and a draw was a fair outcome to the game.