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The ball is crossed by Carl Dickinson.
Jonathan Hogg crosses the ball.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Dave Kitson. Iain Turner takes the indirect free kick.
David Nugent leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Webber.
Paul Coutts is brought on as a substitute for Darren Carter. Billy Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nwankwo Kanu. Greg Halford takes the free kick.
Iain Hume produces a cross, save by Jamie Ashdown.
Joel Ward sends in a cross, save by Iain Turner.
Nwankwo Kanu concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Treacy. Bongani Khumalo restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Hayden Mullins, Greg Halford takes a shot. Save by Iain Turner.
Unfair challenge on Ritchie De Laet by Iain Hume results in a free kick. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.
Jonathan Hogg crosses the ball, save made by Iain Turner.
David Nugent produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nwankwo Kanu.
Hayden Mullins takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Bongani Khumalo.
The offside flag is raised against Dave Kitson. Craig Morgan takes the indirect free kick.
Nathan Ellington comes on in place of Adam Barton. Danny Mayor comes on in place of Eddie Johnson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Nicholson on Dave Kitson. Hayden Mullins takes the free kick, Shot from just outside the area by David Nugent goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Keith Treacy from the left by-line to the near post. Iain Hume has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal. The assistant referee signals for offside against Iain Hume. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.
Iain Hume takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Hayden Mullins from the left by-line played to the near post.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Dave Kitson. Free kick taken by Iain Turner.
Keith Treacy takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Dave Kitson makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Jones by Hayden Mullins. Free kick crossed right-footed by Iain Hume, clearance by David Nugent.
Darren Carter goes into the book. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hayden Mullins by Darren Carter. Greg Halford takes the direct free kick.
Greg Halford grabs a headed goal from close in. Portsmouth 1-1 Preston.Outswinging corner taken by Hayden Mullins from the right by-line,
Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Carter on Dave Kitson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Greg Halford from left wing, Darren Carter manages to make a clearance.
Carl Dickinson on for Aaron Mokoena. David Cotterill goes off and Nwankwo Kanu comes on.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Iain Hume by Greg Halford. Keith Treacy restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Keith Treacy.
Booking for Barry Nicholson. Unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Barry Nicholson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Cotterill, Ian Ashbee makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Iain Hume on Aaron Mokoena. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
Eddie Johnson takes a shot. Save by Iain Turner.
Keith Treacy takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
Booking for Ritchie De Laet for unsporting behaviour. Ritchie De Laet challenges Keith Treacy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Iain Hume.
The ball is sent over by Darren Carter, clearance by Aaron Mokoena.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Eddie Johnson on Hermann Hreidarsson. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
David Cotterill takes the outswinging corner, Iain Turner makes a save.
Corner taken by David Cotterill.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Keith Treacy.
Foul by Hermann Hreidarsson on Keith Treacy, free kick awarded. Craig Morgan restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Keith Treacy.
Iain Hume is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
Corner taken by David Cotterill, Iain Turner makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the left by-line.
Iain Hume takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Cotterill. Iain Turner restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Iain Hume from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Preston.The assist for the goal came from Eddie Johnson.
Jonathan Hogg challenges Keith Treacy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Morgan takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by David Cotterill goes over the bar.
Barry Nicholson takes a shot. Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
David Nugent produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Keith Treacy, save by Jamie Ashdown.
Foul by Ian Ashbee on Joel Ward, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.
Dave Kitson challenges Craig Morgan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Iain Turner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dave Kitson on Bongani Khumalo. Craig Morgan restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hermann Hreidarsson by Eddie Johnson. Hermann Hreidarsson restarts play with the free kick.
Dave Kitson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Nicholson. Craig Morgan takes the free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Dave Kitson misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Ritchie De Laet.
Keith Treacy takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
The referee blows for offside against Iain Hume. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Iain Hume goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Dave Kitson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Iain Turner.
David Nugent takes a shot. Save by Iain Turner.
Joel Ward takes a shot. Save by Iain Turner.
Foul by Ian Ashbee on Joel Ward, free kick awarded. Hayden Mullins takes the direct free kick.
Keith Treacy fouled by Ritchie De Laet, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Iain Turner.
The official flags David Nugent offside. Iain Turner restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Eddie Johnson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Pompey wait on Lawrence
Portsmouth skipper Liam Lawrence hopes to be fit for the visit of Preston.
The winger sustained a knee injury during last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Reading but a scan has shown he did not suffer any ligament damage.
Boss Steve Cotterill will be forced to break up the defence which has kept eight clean sheets in 10 matches as Ricardo Rocha serves a one-match ban following his red card at the Madejski Stadium.
Aaron Mokoena, Carl Dickinson or Ibrahima Sonko will step into the back four.
David Nugent will start against his former club while fellow striker Danny Webber will be on the bench after his late cameo last week - his first appearance since suffering a cruciate injury over a year ago.
On-loan Preston defender Ricardo Gardner has returned to Bolton ahead of the trip.
The Jamaica international jarred a knee in last weekend's win over Swansea and subsequently missed Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at Reading.
However, his loan expired after the match at the Madejski Stadium and he has headed back to the Reebok Stadium to try and force his way back into Owen Coyle's plans.
North End boss Phil Brown is already without Conor McLaughlin, who is out for the season with a long-term ankle injury, and David Gray is still on crutches after taking a knock to his shin at Norwich last month.
Striker Chris Brown and defender Sean St Ledger are nursing injuries which have forced them to miss the last two games and will be assessed.
Halford puts brakes on PNE
Greg Halford's header midway through the second half rescued a point for Portsmouth in a 1-1 draw and checked Preston's hopes of a great escape.
North End led in the 32nd minute as in-form striker Iain Hume grabbed his sixth goal in as many games.
Preston proceeded to dominate the periods either side of half-time and a fourth win in five games looked on the cards for Phil Brown's men.
However slack marking allowed Halford to nod an equaliser and some shaky defending in the closing stages meant Portsmouth might have claimed all three points.
Preston sit ahead of bottom club Sheffield United on goal difference and are seven points from npower Championship safety with six games to play.
Aaron Mokoena and Joel Ward came into the Portsmouth line-up for Ricardo Rocca and Liam Lawrence, who missed out through suspension and injury respectively, while Preston were unchanged from the side that lost 2-1 at Reading on Tuesday.
The visitors could have opened the scoring inside the first 30 seconds, but on-loan Fulham forward Eddie Johnson fired wide from 15 yards following some cute build up play from Hume.
Ward had Portsmouth's first chance, and perhaps should have done better when his shot from David Cotterill's cross was saved by Iain Turner in the Preston goal.
Hume was proving to be a constant threat for North End and he capitalised on a slip from Mokoena in the 11th minute but slashed wide.
Just before the half-hour Portsmouth's former Preston striker David Nugent darted towards the area and cleverly exchanged passes with Hayden Mullins before shooting wide from 18 yards.
Moments later a low drive from makeshift North End full-back Barry Nicholson drew a save from Jamie Ashdown.
However the Pompey goalkeeper was soon picking the ball out of his net.
Following his early chance, Johnson turned provider as Hume sprung the offside trap to collect his pass and coolly slot home.
Preston ended the opening period in the ascendancy and nine minutes before half-time Hume almost netted again, but Ashdown saved well after the Canadian forward met Nicholson's cross on the volley.
The second half began in similar fashion and Keith Tracey collected Hume's pass to draw another save from Ashdown.
Johnson then headed goalwards and a mishit cross from Tracey almost looped in, so it came as a surprise when Portsmouth levelled in the 62nd minute.
The goal will have disappointed North End boss Brown as Halford was allowed space to power in a free header from Mullins' corner.
Five minutes later Halford almost repeated the trick, but Turner save with his feet.
Hume continued to be Preston's main threat and in the 70th minute he engineered space to fire a left-foot shot that saw Ashdown smartly down to his right to tip round the post.
Back came Portsmouth and with 15 minutes to go Ward came within inches of turning in Nugent's cross at the far post.
It was the home side who finished the stronger as Nugent shot wide in the 80th minute and a barrage of late corners and long throws wrought havoc in the Preston box.
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