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12 October 2014

Chaplin grabs late leveller

Swindon regained the lead early in the second half, although Pompey felt that defender Ousman Saidy was fouled in the build-up.

But Brandon Joseph-Buadi then stole possession and teed-up Conor Chaplin (pictured) to round the keeper and fire the Blues level before the break.

It was the hosts who broke the deadlock when a cross from the right was headed in at close range.

The sides shared six goals in a thrilling match that also included a missed penalty and a red card.

Pompey Academy fought back from 3-1 behind to secure a point at Swindon. Bass; Nilsen (c), Saidy, May; Rwakarambwe (Haitham 55), Granger, Chaplin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Haunstrup; Gill (Field 84), Joseph-Buadi (Sayers 63)Pompey:

“It’s something we’ve worked on, as we’ve tended to wobble when falling behind this season, so it was great to see the boys take that on board.”

“But it was great to see us fight back from two goals down to pick up a point. We showed plenty of character.

“If the game had gone on for an extra five minutes then I think we would have won it as the momentum was with us at the end.

“It was an entertaining match and there were some excellent individual performances from our boys.

Academy coach Mikey Harris said: “It was good to see both sides looking to pass out from the back and play some entertaining football.

He made up for that miss by grabbing an equaliser late on, however, latching onto Adam May’s pass before finishing neatly.

Chaplin was then fouled inside the area, but – after the opposition player escaped with just a booking – sent his spot-kick crashing against the crossbar.

But the hosts were reduced to 10 men when Chaplin was hauled down on the edge of the box and Brandon Haunstrup stepped up to curl home the free-kick.

And Pompey fell further behind when Kaleem Haitham’s clearance fell kindly for a Robins player to lash home.

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