Aug 10, 2013 at 12.15pm UK at ​Crown Ground
AccringtonAccrington Stanley
Murphy (48', 85')
Hunt (62')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Connolly (57', 79')
East (26')

Result: Late Peter Murphy header earns Accrington Stanley a point

Result: Late Murphy header earns Stanley point
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A late Peter Murphy goal cancels out David Connolly's double, as Accrington Stanley draw 2-2 with Portsmouth.

Accrington Stanley have earned a point at home to Portsmouth, thanks to a late Peter Murphy header.

The match finished 2-2, thanks to a double from Murphy, and another from David Connolly for the away side.

The hosts were almost ahead within a minute, when Marcus Carver met Nicky Hunt's corner, but the striker's header flashed just wide of the post.

It was all Portsmouth after that, as they dominated with slick passing. Accrington had Michael Liddle to thank after 20 minutes when he cleared Sonny Bradley's header off the line.

The impressive Patrick Agyemang then missed a good chance to put the visitors in front, before Andy Barcham was denied a solo goal by a good save on the stroke of half time.

A few minutes into the second half, Stanley were ahead thanks to a curling effort from 30 yards out by Murphy.

They almost double their lead instantly as Leam Richardson drove forward and fired the ball towards goal. It bobbled past the goalkeeper but was cleared off the line by Bradley.

Shortly after that Pompey were back on level terms. A long pass towards Agyemang allowed him to lay the ball off for his strike partner Connolly, who fired into the near corner first time.

With 10 minutes to go, he got his second from the penalty spot, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way after being brought down by Hunt.

Stanley were not done though, equalising themselves on 85 minutes thanks to Murphy's second goal. This time heading in from close range after a good header back across the goal.

Pompey almost took the lead again immediately after but Barcham's curling effort rebounded off the post.

They continued to push for another goal, but in the end had to settle for a point after a couple of late chances.

Portsmouth's David Connolly celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Brentford on April 13, 2013
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