Oct 12, 2013 at 12.15pm UK at ​Home Park
PlymouthPlymouth Argyle
Hourihane (21')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Wallace (39')
Marquis (61')

Live Commentary: Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Portsmouth - as it happened

Read how Plymouth and Portsmouth played out a 1-1 draw in the Dockyard Derby in League Two.

Two sides who have fallen spectacularly from grace in the last few seasons met in the Dockyard Derby at Home Park this afternoon.

Plymouth Argyle hosted Portsmouth in a League Two meeting that ended one apiece, with both goals coming in the opening half.

Read how it all unfolded in the South-West with our minute-by-minute updates below.

12.06pmAfternoon folks! No footy in the top two tiers this weekend because of the international fixtures so the spotlight falls on leagues One and Two in the Football League. First up, Plymouth vs. Pompey!

12.08pmARGYLE XI: McCormick; Nelson, Trotman, Blanchard; Berry, Young, Boco, Hourihane, Reckord; Reid, Hayes

12.09pmPOMPEY XI: Carson; Moutaouakil, N'Gala, Bradley, Devera; Wallace, Ertl, Racon, Holmes; Marquis, Agyemang


12.11pmClick here to see the League Two table going into this match, with Pompey two places and two points better off than their hosts today.

12.13pmThe most notable thing about the two lineups is a debut for Paul Hayes in attack for Paul Hayes, who has been brought in on loan from Brentford.

12.14pmPREDICTION TIME! Just before kickoff it's time for my thoughts on the match ahead. I'm favouring the visitors for some reason and am going to go for a 2-1 win for Pompey.

12.15pmKICKOFF! Referee Stephen Martin blows his whistle for the first time and we are underway in the South-West.

2 minPompey always have a great set of travelling fans and the next tweet shows what an impressive following they've brought today...

2 min

3 minSHOT! First effort of the game comes from Plymouth's Boco, who lets fly from 25 yards and has Pompey keeper Carson scrambling as it swerved a yard or so wide.

5 minIt looks like Plymouth are playing a 3-5-2 formation, with Berry and Reckford operating as wing-backs. Berry, on the right, has been especially keen to get forward in the early stages.

6 minCHANCE! Glorious opportunity for Plymouth as Hourihane's free kick picks out Nelson in the middle. The centre-back is right in the middle of goal on the six-yard line but somehow heads it wide.

10 minCHANCE! First opening for Pompey as Holmes's cross from the left reaches Marquis. The ball bobbles up for the former Millwall man but he can only sidefoot a volley harmlessly wide.

12 minThese two sides have both tumbled down the divisions in the last five years or so because of serious financial difficulty. Argyle's official Twitter wonders: "Are Pompey the only current team it have fallen further, more quickly, than we have?" Ha!

15 minYoung's speculative effort is held by Carson at one end before Holmes shoots over from a tight angle down the other. Lively start to the game on what is a sunny afternoon in Devon.

18 minArgyle skipper Hourihane berates left wing-back Reckford for not pushing on into space after overhitting a pass out wide. Reckford hasn't been as eager as Berry on the other flank so far.


21 minDear me, what a poor goal for the visitors to concede. Reid sets it up well for Durrell on the right but his cross isn't near a green shirt and Moutaouakil has time at the back post. He tries to chest it back to his keeper but gets it all wrong, simply presenting Hourihane with the ball and the Pompey skipper gleefully accepts the gift by calmly volleying in at the near post.

25 minCHANCE! Holmes has got a wicked delivery on him and he picks out Bradley at the back post. The big centre-half should equalise but can only head over from six yards or so.

29 minReid, who has been very lively for Plymouth in the opening half an hour, wants a penalty as Bradley slides in on him in the area. The Pompey centre-back clearly got the ball though and referee Martin gladly wasn't conned by Reid's elaborate tumble.

31 minWallace comes in from the right and is allowed to travel close to the area where he shoots across goal with his left foot. It's struck well enough but not worrying McCormick in the Plymouth goal.

34 minCHANCE! It's Marquis again who has a chance to get Pompey on the scoresheet after great work from Agyemang. McCormick is out quickly though and denies the frontman an easy shot at goal.

35 minSAVE! A moment later and it's Marquis again causing problems. This time he pounces on a loose Plymouth pass before letting fly from outside the area. McCormick's view is partially blocked and he does well to turn a powerful shot over the bar. All Pompey at the moment.


39 minThe visitors are level and you have to say it's been coming. A cross from the right breaks to in-form Wallace, who shows great composure to take a touch before half-volleying with the outside of his boot into the near corner. Lovely finish from the youngster, who has now scored in his last three league games. Gotta criticise the hosts' defending though as Wallace should never have had enough time to take a touch and pick out a corner where he was just inside the area.

42 minI think Plymouth will take a level scoreline at half time. Since they scored, it's been all Pompey. (My prediction of 1-2 now looking good!)

45 minObviously now I've said that Plymouth are ending the half well. Reid shoots quickly from the edge of the box and it flies wide because of a deflection. Just the one minute of time added on.


1.05pmIt's as you were after 45 minutes then. Plymouth had the first half of the first half, Pompey the second. 1-1 is a fair scoreline.

1.07pmBoth goals came from dodgy defending but were also cracking finishes. Moutaouakil's error for the Plymouth goal was worse but Wallace should never have got so much room to score the equaliser.

1.10pmSTAT ATTACK! Both sides have had nine shots, with Plymouth edging the shot-on-target count 3-2. Possession-wise, the home side have had 59% of the ball.

1.13pmI doubt that there will be any changes at half time as both sides have been lively and have reason to believe that they can win this.

1.15pmThe latest table shows that neither side will move position with a point. Pompey are 15th, Plymouth 17th as it stands.

46 minKICKOFF! We're back underway at Home Park. As expected, no half-time subs from either manager.

49 minWallace has been a real livewire for the visiotrs and he has the first chance of the second period as Agyemang feeds the 19-year-old, whose shot is well blocked.

53 minMoutaouakil and Reid are both pulling at each other's shirts in the corner and referee Martin rightly says no foul when Reid comes away with the ball. He looks for Hourihane in the area but it's great defending to prevent the number six having a shot.

55 minWe have a new set of tables on SM under a 'What if...?' section. At the moment there's only 'What if games ended at HT?' and if you click here, you can see that Pompey would be second if games were only 45 minutes long!

56 minAre they going to throw it away in the second 45 again today?

58 minBrilliant one-two on the edge of the Pompey area from Hourihane and Reid. The former drills across an excellent centre that is just begging to be put away but there's no green shirt coming in to tap home.

60 minDown the other end and Holmes wins a free kick on the left wing that he curls over for Bradley, who does well to adjust and meet the ball but can't direct it on goal.

61 minYELLOW! First booking of the game comes just after the hour mark and it's for persistent fouling by Pompey striker Marquis.

64 minAmazingly, Plymouth's goal today was just their third at home in six games this season!

65 minPLYMOUTH SUB: The first change of the match is from the home side and it's debutant Hayes, who has done very little, that comes off for Lewis Alessandra.

67 minFabulous low cross from Wallace that's just about cleared by the Plymouth backline. We're into the final quarter of the match now and it's ever so hard to say which side is more likely to win at the moment. The second half has been very even.

72 minWallace races into space and if Agyemang got his pass right it would have been a great chance. The big striker overhit it though.

73 minBRILLIANT DEFENDING! Plymouth streak down the other end through Alessandra. He gets level with the area down the right before sending over a perfect low cross for Reid at the back post. You're expecting the net to bulge but Moutaouakil gets back at the last moment to put Reid off. Great last-ditch defending.

73 minPLYMOUTH SUB: Another change from Argyle manager Sheridan as he sends on youngster Tyler Harvey for Boco.

74 minEnd-to-end stuff at the moment! Pompey come close to going ahead as Agyemang beats his man before clipping a loopy cross to the back post that Marquis gets up well to meet but can't keep it under the bar.

76 minCHANCE! Intricate passing from the home side on the edge of the box sees it open up for Reid. He can't get decent power on his shot though and it's easy for Carson to hold.

79 minReid is brought down by Ertl to give Plymouth a free kick in a great position about 22 yards out...

80 minYoung curls it powerfully straight at Carson, who hangs onto the ball well. I think the Plymouth man was expecting the Pompey keeper to sidle towards the side that the wall was covering.

85 minInto the final five minutes we go at Home Park. Holmes has just floated a free kick to the back post that Bradley headed over for Marquis, who couldn't keep his volley under pressure down.

86 minInterestingly, Whittingham is yet to make a change for Pompey. Surely he could do with some fresh legs on the field in the closing stages, whether they're on the attack or defending.

87 minSAVE! Alessandra feeds fellow substitute Harvey, who has a shooting opportunity from the right of the area. He drills it low but too close to Carson, who uses his feet to make the save.

88 minAgyemang uses his immense strength to get into the area where he is denied a shooting opportunity just when he was about to pull the trigger.

90+1 minONLY TWO additional minutes for one side to snatch all three points. I can't see it happening.

90+2 minPompey free kick, this should be the last chance. Load the box!


2.05pmIt came to nothing before Holmes's cross from the right was calmly collected by McCormick. Seconds later Martin blew his whistle and that's that. A fair result in the end after a second half nowhere near as lively as the first.

2.07pmBoth sides add a point to their total but stay where they are in the table. Pompey 15th, Argyle 17th. Click here for the latest table ahead of this afternoon's other 10 fixtures.

2.08pmIf you're only just joining us and want a shorter summary of the match, read our match report here.

2.11pmAnyway, that's all we've got time for here on SM. Thanks for joining us. Make sure you stick around this afternoon for live scores and reports from the other matches in the Football League. Good afternoon.

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