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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 45 96
2 Preston North End 45 89
3 Milton Keynes Dons 45 88
4 Swindon Town 45 78
5 Sheffield United 45 70
6 Chesterfield 45 68
7 Rochdale 45 63
8 Bradford City 45 62
9 Peterborough United 45 62
10 Fleetwood Town 45 60
11 Walsall 45 59
12 Gillingham 45 59
13 Barnsley 45 59
14 Doncaster Rovers 45 58
15 Scunthorpe United 45 56
16 Oldham Athletic 45 56
17 Port Vale 45 54
18 Coventry City 45 52
19 Crewe Alexandra 45 52
20 Notts County 45 50
21 Crawley Town 45 50
22 Colchester United 45 49
23 Leyton Orient 45 48
24 Yeovil Town 45 40