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Andy Awford pleased with point against Luton Town

28 December 2014

Portsmouth boss Andy Awford felt his side were well worthy of their point gained at promotion-chasing Luton Town.

The Pompey chief had seen Luke Rooney give Town the lead after just 13 minutes, only for Ryan Taylor to earn a draw for Pompey with just his third goal of the campaign.

Awford said: "I thought we were deservedly level at the break and it was a determined, resilient Pompey performance today to earn a well deserved point.

"We've had two very good away performances now. We dominated the game at Cheltenham and come to a hard place today, against a side that are flying in the top six of the league.

"They've got momentum, are an organised side under John [Still], a very, very experienced manager. We've come here and dug out a very, very good point, so I'm delighted."

After a quiet opening, Hatters were ahead on 13 minutes when Rooney clinically volleyed into the bottom corner after Shaun Whalley's ball over the top.

Pompey had precious few chances, bar Marcus Bean's volley that flew well over the bar from distance.

Town's top scorer Mark Cullen then skewed wide from Michael Harriman's cross, before Pompey hit back with Johnny Ertl's dipping volley forcing Mark Tyler to tip over superbly.

The visitors levelled on 36 minutes when Taylor converted Jed Wallace's deflected cross from a yard out.

After the break, Cullen tested Pompey goalkeeper Paul Jones with a low shot that he needed two attempts to save, while Jonathan Smith curled well wide and Luke Rooney was off target from range.

The hosts' best opportunity saw Scott Griffiths scamper to the byline and his cross was met by Harriman, only for Jones to save low down.

Town first-team coach Hakan Hayrettin said: "We'll take a point, obviously we didn't start as we could have in the first half, but we got stronger as the game wore on and had to push and work very hard.

"Overall we've had two tough games in three days and it's a good return.

"We got a good goal, they came back into the game, but second half I thought we were much, much better.

"The work-rate and ethic we have at the club showed because as the game went on we got stronger, we have that never say die attitude in abundance here.

"It was a tense affair, it felt like a local derby and our crowd were fantastic. We did whatever we could to try and get a result, but it wasn't to be."

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