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

Portsmouth 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
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1 Scunthorpe United 44 80
2 Chesterfield 44 78
3 Rochdale 44 78
4 Fleetwood Town 44 75
5 Burton Albion 44 72
6 Southend United 44 68
7 York City 44 67
8 Oxford United 44 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 44 58
10 Bury 44 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 44 57
12 Mansfield Town 44 57
13 Portsmouth 44 57
14 AFC Wimbledon 44 56
15 Newport County AFC 44 55
16 Cheltenham Town 44 55
17 Hartlepool United 44 52
18 Accrington Stanley 44 51
19 Morecambe 44 50
20 Exeter City 44 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 44 47
22 Bristol Rovers 44 47
23 Northampton Town 44 47
24 Torquay United 44 42