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Marvin Emnes is penalised for a handball. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Seb Hines by Nwankwo Kanu results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Smith.
Marvin Emnes delivers the ball.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nwankwo Kanu. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Lawrence concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Emnes. Seb Hines restarts play with the free kick.
Rhys Williams challenges Nwankwo Kanu unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by Rhys Williams.
Marvin Emnes challenges Ricardo Rocha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Greg Halford.
Joe Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hogg. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Liam Lawrence from right channel, clearance by Andrew Taylor.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, David Nugent takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.
Tony McMahon receives a yellow card. The referee gives a free kick against Tony McMahon for handball. Liam Lawrence delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.
Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Paul Smith makes a save.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Marvin Emnes. Greg Halford restarts play with the free kick.
Nwankwo Kanu fouled by Richard Smallwood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Liam Lawrence.
David Nugent is penalised for a handball. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.
Hermann Hreidarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Merouane Zemmama. Barry Robson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line, clearance by Hayden Mullins.
David Cotterill goes off and Nwankwo Kanu comes on.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson to the near post, Liam Lawrence manages to make a clearance.
Merouane Zemmama is brought on as a substitute for Leroy Lita.
Inswinging corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Ritchie De Laet. Strike comes in from Tony McMahon from the free kick, save by Jamie Ashdown.
Greg Halford concedes a free kick for a foul on Leroy Lita. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Tony McMahon from left wing, Dave Kitson manages to make a clearance.
Scott McDonald goes off and Marvin Emnes comes on.
David Nugent challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Tony McMahon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.
Liam Lawrence comes on in place of Joel Ward.
Andrew Taylor produces a cross, Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
Hayden Mullins is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Seb Hines.
Dave Kitson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Seb Hines by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.
Booking for Jonathan Hogg for unsporting behaviour.
Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
Short corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line.
Corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line, clearance made by Rhys Williams.
The referee blows for offside. Greg Halford takes the free kick.
David Nugent crosses the ball.
Shot by David Nugent from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
Effort from deep inside the area by Scott McDonald clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill played to the near post, clearance by Rhys Williams.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Nugent by Tony McMahon. David Cotterill restarts play with the free kick.
Barry Robson fouled by Hayden Mullins, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.
Jonathan Hogg challenges Joe Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by David Cotterill.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Nugent by Barry Robson. Hermann Hreidarsson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by David Cotterill from the right by-line, save made by Paul Smith.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson.
Barry Robson takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
Dave Kitson takes a shot. Blocked by Rhys Williams.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott McDonald. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Seb Hines by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Robson.
Ritchie De Laet fouled by Barry Robson, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
Hermann Hreidarsson takes a shot.
Foul by Nicky Bailey on David Cotterill, free kick awarded. David Cotterill crosses the ball in from the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott McDonald. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
Unfair challenge on Leroy Lita by David Nugent results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.
Joel Ward takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.
Dave Kitson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Smith restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Robson.
Unfair challenge on Seb Hines by Dave Kitson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Smith.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Barry Robson. Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
David Nugent takes a shot. Save by Paul Smith.
Corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill, save by Paul Smith.
Mokoena pushing to start
Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill has no new injury or suspension problems ahead of the home clash against Middlesbrough.
Cotterill will have the same squad at his disposal as he did for the 2-1 midweek defeat at Bristol City, a result which ended a run of six consecutive wins and a club record of 636 minutes without conceding a goal.
The Pompey boss could revert from the 4-5-1 formation used in midweek to 4-4-2, with David Nugent moving forward to support Dave Kitson in attack and Joel Ward taking up a wide right position.
South African midfielder Aaron Mokoena could also be recalled after some impressive substitute performances in recent weeks.
Attacker Danny Webber has stepped up his recovery from a year on the sidelines with anterior cruciate ligament damage but is nowhere near ready to return to action.
Middlesbrough defender Joe Bennett will wear a protective lightweight cast.
The 20-year-old full-back chipped a bone in his wrist during Tuesday night's vital 2-1 npower Championship victory over Derby but will have the lightweight cast checked by match officials before the game and will play if the dressing is, as expected, approved.
Bennett will be joined in the squad by experienced central defender Stephen McManus on his return from ankle ligament damage.
The 28-year-old Scotland international has not played since the beginning of November and will not be considered for a start but could make it on to the bench.
There is otherwise little good news for manager Tony Mowbray on the injury front with Julio Arca set to miss out once again with knee and toe problems.
Loan keeper Paul Smith, who made his debut against the Rams, will continue in goal with Jason Steele (torn stomach muscle) and Danny Coyne (back) still out, along with Andrew Davies, Matthew Bates and Justin Hoyte (all hamstring), Jonathan Franks and Luke Williams (both ankle), Willo Flood (thigh) and Kevin Thomson (hairline leg fracture).
Boro claim battling point
Middlesbrough picked up a useful point at Portsmouth in the npower Championship following a goalless draw as they continued their battle against the drop.
Tony Mowbray's side went into the clash at Fratton Park on the back of a confidence-boosting win at Derby and backed that up with a thoroughly-deserved point.
Portsmouth were left frustrated as they wasted a string of chances to beat goalkeeper Paul Smith.
Despite surrendering a six-match winning run against Bristol City on Tuesday, Portsmouth named an unchanged side as they looked to get back on track.
Middlesbrough also kept faith with their starting XI from midweek, but it was Pompey who started the better of the pair and dominated the early exchanges.
David Nugent fashioned the first chance, but his header could only find the hands of Smith.
It was a warning of things to come for Boro as Portsmouth kept the pressure on.
Joel Ward could have tested Smith but his headed effort lacked the power and direction to cause any alarm.
They did come within a whisker after 20 minutes, though, as another header from Hermann Hreidarsson rattled the bar as he latched onto David Cotterill's free-kick.
Dave Kitson was next to try his luck but brave defending from Rhys Williams' ensured his goal remained in tact.
And after half an hour Mowbray's men made their first foray forward as Jamie Ashdown parried Barry Robson's shot to safety.
That gave the away side an injection of much-needed belief and they worked Ashdown again as Nicky Bailey had a driven shot turned wide.
Middlesbrough began the second period stronger and Scott McDonald forced another save from Ashdown.
Pompey's influence on the game was waning and it was Middlesbrough looking more likely to take home another vital three points.
Steve Cotterill threw on Liam Lawrence and Kanu in search of a breakthrough but they lacked the fluency that had helped them to mount a surge up the table.
Lawrence found room from 20 yards to test Smith but the shot proved to be little more than handling practice.
Smith did do well to keep Pompey at bay as the game reached its final stages, punching away a Nugent header as it threatened to find a way through a crowded area.
But Marvin Emnes - on for the injured Leroy Lita - nearly snatched victory for the visitors as his drive from the left side of penalty area brought another crucial save from Ashdown.
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