Portsmouth 1-1 Carlisle- Match Report

Promotion hopefuls Pompey held by 10-man Carlisle

Promotion hopefuls Portsmouth opened their season with a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to 10-man Carlisle.

Former MK Dons midfielder Carl Baker rescued a point for Pompey with a debut goal to cancel out Reggie Lambe's opener for the Cumbrians, who had Jamie Devitt sent off before half-time.

Portsmouth started the brighter, with summer signing Milan Lalkovic forcing Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie into a good save just five minutes in.

But five minutes later the away side took the lead

A neat through-ball from Mike Jones was latched onto by Lambe, who calmly slotted past David Forde.

Carlisle were reduced to 10 men just shy of the half-hour mark when Devitt was shown a second yellow card for a tug on Gary Roberts.

Just before the break, Portsmouth levelled through Baker, who drilled a low shot past Gillespie.

Michael Smith missed an open goal early in the second half for the home side, before Roberts and substitute Kyle Bennett were both wasteful late on.

Source : PA

Source: PA