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Appleton wants reinforcements

19 August 2012

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton is keen to boost his squad to 20 players after his patchwork side held Bournemouth to a 1-1 at Fratton Park.

Appleton signed 10 new players in the days leading up to their npower League One opener, but Pompey still looked a cohesive unit.

They took the lead after 18 minutes when Cherries goalkeeper Shwan Jalal let Izale McLeod's tame, long-range effort squirm through his legs.

But Bournemouth bounced back after the break and Lee Barnard headed them level from Simon Francis's cross after 78 minutes.

Appleton was pleased with his team's efforts as they overcame months of uncertainty and a disrupted pre-season for a hard-earned point.

He said: "I'm going to be pushing very hard. We've got [Gibraltar international] Liam Walker and hopefully his international clearance will be ready for Tuesday.

"Jordan Obita will be joining us on loan from Reading on Monday, but that only gets us to 17. We need at least another three players to be competitive. If we pick an injury up, we're snookered."

Bournemouth manager Paul Groves was pleased with Jalal's response to his first-half howler as he pulled off a classy save when he went one-on-one with McLeod after 49 minutes and kept the Cherries in the hunt.

Groves said: "It was a good save at the start of the second half because it was an important time. I think he redeemed himself there.

"The top goalkeepers all make mistakes. But it's about how they respond and how they react and recover."


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