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Fratton Park (ATT 15,426) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Portsmth Portsmouth vs Northampton Town Northamptn

King claims first Cobblers point

Last Updated: 29/12/13 8:46pm

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Matty Harriott: Came close to scoring

Matty Harriott: Came close to scoring

Andy King earned his first point as Northampton's caretaker boss after frustrating Portsmouth in a 0-0 draw at Fratton Park.

In a game desperately poor on quality, the Cobblers were well-organised and fully worth their point.

Pompey's start showed promise as Ricky Holmes' run tricked him past two defenders to the byline where his cross was picked off as he lacked support.

Jed Wallace gave further cause for hope with a speculative effort from 25 yards out which caught keeper Matt Duke by surprise and bounced on to the top of the crossbar.

Northampton offered little going forward and their most dangerous threat came bizarrely from a long throw by Ben Tozer which bounced in the Pompey six-yard box and then on to the top of the bar with nobody applying a touch.

Portsmouth's increasingly ragged attacking efforts were summed up by a mishit Holmes corner which fell kindly for Sonny Bradley 20 yards out, only for his shot to strike team-mate Patrick Agyemang and bounce harmlessly wide.

It was an hour before either keeper was extended in to a save when Pompey keeper Trevor Carson clawed away a header from Cobblers' sub David Moyo and, encouraged by that, Matty Harriott then stung Carson's hands with a 25-yard shot as the visitors sought a winner.

Duke was forced into his first serious action on 64 minutes, diving full-length to clutch Therry Racon's raking 25-yard effort.

Northampton were left fuming when referee Gavin Ward waved away appeals as Pompey defender Sonny Bradley hauled down Moyo with a last-ditch challenge which stopped the striker as he bore down on goal.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 13 28
2 Bury 13 26
3 Burton Albion 13 25
4 Luton Town 13 24
5 Plymouth Argyle 13 22
6 Morecambe 13 22
7 Shrewsbury Town 13 21
8 Southend United 13 21
9 Newport County AFC 13 19
10 Cheltenham Town 13 19
11 Cambridge United 13 18
12 Northampton Town 13 18
13 AFC Wimbledon 13 18
14 Portsmouth 13 17
15 Stevenage 13 17
16 Mansfield Town 13 17
17 Exeter City 13 16
18 Accrington Stanley 13 16
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 13 14
20 Oxford United 13 13
21 Carlisle United 13 12
22 Hartlepool United 13 11
23 York City 13 10
24 Tranmere Rovers 13 9