BURTON Albion took a valuable point home with them from Fratton Park last night after a tough toe-to-toe scrap with Portsmouth.
The Brewers had to dig deep as a partisan crowd of almost 13,000 roared Pompey on - but Gary Rowett’s men passed the test of character with flying colours.
In a game of few chances, the lively Dominic Knowles (pictured) came the closest for Albion in a tense first half, with the Brewers having their best spell of the match in the 20 minutes before half-time.
Patrick Agyemang, a real colossus up front for Portsmouth, hit the inside of a post just after the break as Pompey piled the pressure on.
But Burton rode the storm and the crowd increasingly turned their attention to some unusual refereeing decisions from Surrey official Carl Berry.
Danger-man Ricky Holmes, so often a thorn in Albion’s side, threatened periodically down the left, but was well played by Phil Edwards and, later, David Gray.
Brewers boss Rowett would have hoped for three points from Portsmouth to fire his side into the top three - but a point at fast-improving Pompey is an excellent result, especially coming off the back of Saturday’s 2-1 win at Oxford and with Rochdale losing at Torquay.
It was not Albion’s best of the season, but they showed tremendous resolve to not buckle under pressure from the biggest crowd they have played in front of this season.
See tomorrow’s Burton Mail for a full report