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Coventry City 1-1 Portsmouth

By Steve Carpenter Monday 26 November 2012 Updated: 26/11 14:22

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Match report by Steve Carpenter

ONE moment of madness in added on time spoiled what would have been another Sky Blues victory as they threw away three points at home to cash-strapped Portsmouth on Saturday.

Buoyed by an impressive run of form which had seen them win five out of their last six matches, Mark Robins' side were on a mission to transform the Ricoh Arena into a mighty fortress once again.

They were up against a Portsmouth side seemingly in free fall having lost their least seven consecutive games in all competitions.

All seemed to be running smoothly after Gary McSheffrey's goal shortly before the break gave the Sky Blues an advantage with the game heading into extra-time.

But after five minutes had been added, Robins' once again failed to defend their lead and Izale McLeod took full advantage of some abysmal defending to steal a late equaliser.

The hosts picked up where they left off at Colchester with in-form striker David McGoldrick turning his marker on 13 minutes before forcing Alex Cisak into a smart save.

Two minutes later McSheffrey came close to grabbing the opener when his in-swinging free kick from the right looked almost crept straight in to the bottom corner of the net but again Ciska was alert to clear the danger.

McSheffrey had spoken of his determination to break into Robins' starting 11 in the build up to Saturday's game and he did his cause the world of good by firing the Sky Blues ahead before the interval.

James Bailey slipped the 30-year-old through on goal and McSheffrey rolled back the years to fire the low past Cisak and give the hosts a 1-0 advantage after the break.

The Sky Blues seemed to step it up a gear after the break and Portsmouth goalkeeper Cisak had his defenders to thanks for keeping their side in the game.

Richard Edjuenguele had a poweful shot on goal superbly blocked and from the resultant corner the Frenchman saw his header cleared off the line.

Portsmouth had barely troubled the Sky Blues up until now but showed signs of their intent to bring to an end their poor run of form.

A mix up between Edjunguele and Jo Murphy presented the visitors with an in-direct free-kick right in the touchline but after several minutes of deliberation, Murphy was able to block the shot over for a corner.

Murphy had to be at full stretch with seven minutes to go to deny substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and the hosts thought they had clinched all three points in the 87th minute.

Skipper Carl Baker cut inside and unleashed a stunning curling shot which came back off the post and fell kindly for McGoldrick to stab the ball home, but he was flagged offside.

And when five minutes of added time went up, Portsmouth seized on their opportunity when a long hopeful ball into the area wasn't dealt with and McLeod sneaked in front of Richard Wood to fire home past Murphy and snatch a late point.

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