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Sky Bet League 1

Prenton Park (ATT 5,591) 8th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Webb

Tranmere Tranmere Rovers vs Portsmouth Portsmth

Tranmere 2

A Taylor (31)
M O'Halloran (74)

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Portsmth 2

G Gyepes (50)
J Jervis (75)

Leaders held at home by Pompey

Last Updated: 08/12/12 7:07pm

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Taylor: Opened the scoring

Taylor: Opened the scoring

Tranmere missed the chance to open up a two-point lead at the top of League One as struggling Portsmouth earned a 2-2 draw at Prenton Park.

After an even start at Prenton Park, Tranmere's Adam McGurk had the first effort on target in the 20th minute but goalkeeper Simon Eastwood turned it round the post.

The league leaders took control with Liam Palmer bringing a diving block from defender Richard Rocha before Eastwood superbly tipped over Andy Robinson's curling effort.

The breakthrough arrived after 31 minutes as defender Ash Taylor rose to head in McGurk's pin-point cross from the right.

Boosted by the goal, Tranmere continued to press before the break and Eastwood had to rush out to clear his lines with Jake Cassidy looking to get in.

Portsmouth rallied after the interval and were level within five minutes of the restart as defender Gabor Gyepes headed home at the back post following Brian Howard's free-kick.

Rovers responded positively and restored their advantage in the 74th minute as on-loan Bolton striker Michael O'Halloran headed in Robinson's cross from the by-line.

But with home fans still celebrating, substitute Jake Jervis - who spent a month on loan at Prenton Park earlier in the season - equalised with a delightful curling effort.

Both sides pushed for the winner, with Palmer going closest only for Eastwood to save with his feet after the midfielder burst into the box.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 44 93
2 Preston North End 43 83
3 Milton Keynes Dons 43 82
4 Swindon Town 42 76
5 Sheffield United 44 69
6 Chesterfield 44 68
7 Rochdale 43 60
8 Fleetwood Town 44 60
9 Gillingham 44 59
10 Barnsley 44 59
11 Peterborough United 44 59
12 Bradford City 43 58
13 Doncaster Rovers 43 58
14 Oldham Athletic 44 56
15 Walsall 43 55
16 Coventry City 44 52
17 Scunthorpe United 43 52
18 Port Vale 44 51
19 Crawley Town 44 50
20 Crewe Alexandra 44 49
21 Leyton Orient 43 47
22 Notts County 43 47
23 Colchester United 43 45
24 Yeovil Town 44 40