Windass forces the issue as Hull hustle for a point

Portsmouth 2 Hull City 2

Just when a half-decent game looked as though it was about to be settled by a goal of rare beauty, up popped Dean Windass to instigate one of the scrappiest of the season and maintain Hull's handy away record.

In fact, Noé Pamarot got the final touch to deny the 39-year-old Windass his first strike of a frustrating season spent largely warming the bench. The news won't have been enthusiastically received by the striker, who celebrated as wildly as he had done after his Wembley wonder goal that earned promotion in the play-offs final last May.

Never mind. The purists would rather remember the game for Glenn Johnson's abracadabra moment just past the hour mark, when his left-foot volley brought the old ground to its feet. If that's the result of a few days spent with Fabio Capello, then bring on more "meaningless" friendlies. Pompey fans will hope he has something similar in the locker for Thursday's Uefa Cup visit of Milan.

"It was a fantastic goal and it deserved to win the match," said Ports-mouth's manager Tony Adams, still awaiting his first home win. "I was hoping and praying it would but we have to learn how to lock games up." They might also work a but harder at defending set pieces, which were the cause of both of Hull's goals. "In the end I have to be pleased with a point."

Much of the earlier attention was focused on referee Stuart Attwell, he of the phantom "goal" awarded to Reading at Watford. He was stood down for a month after that unfortunate episode and there was an early test for the 25-year-old yesterday. Barely two minutes had passed when Johnson, one of three Pompey players to start for England in midweek, sent in a cross that Papa Bouba Diop headed against the underside of the bar. Pompey's players appealed for a goal but Attwell, after a glance in the direction of his assistant, kept his nerve.

Adams's was a refreshing voice in last week's club versus country debate; he was delighted to see David James, Johnson and Jermain Defoe in the starting line-up in Berlin, although arguably less so after a calf injury cost him the services of leading goalscorer Defoe yesterday. Defoe watched from the stands as Pompey went ahead after 20 minutes. Johnson's deflected shot fell to Younes Kaboul on the left and his cross was met by Peter Crouch, whose header was unstoppable.

Hull, winners four times on their travels, created next to nothing until, a minute from the interval, Geovanni struck the corner of James's upright from 30 yards. Buoyed by that, Hull drew level 10 minutes into the second half. The busy, inventive Dean Marney sent over a corner to which Kamil Zayatta got a touch and Michael Turner, also impressive, headed past James at the far post.

James then did well to keep out a Marney shot and set the stage for Johnson's moment of brilliance after 63 minutes. Armand Traoré's hopeful ball into the area was cleared. Johnson controlled it with one touch before dispatching a left-foot volley with power and accuracy past Boaz Myhill.

Hull's manager Phil Brown was true to his attacking nature and sent on two wingers with striker Windass. One of those, Stelios, put in the 89th-minute corner that led to the carnage as Windass threw about his considerable frame, with Pamarot the unfortunate victim. "We have great spirit and this team never knows when it is beaten," said Hull's assistant boss Brian Horton.

Attendance: 20,240

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Man of the match: Marney

Match rating: 7/10

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
food + drink
News
Liam Payne has attacked the media for reporting his tweet of support to Willie Robertson and the subsequent backlash from fans
peopleBut One Direction star insists he is not homophobic
Arts and Entertainment
A bit rich: Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey
tvSeries 5 opening episode attracts lowest ratings since drama began
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Affleck stars as prime suspect Nick Dunne in the film adaptation of Gone Girl
filmBen Affleck and Rosamund Pike excel in David Fincher's film, says Geoffrey Macnab
Life and Style
fashion
News
news
News
people
Travel
Warner Bros released a mock-up of what the new Central Perk will look like
travel
Arts and Entertainment
Lena Dunham
booksLena Dunham's memoirs - written at the age of 28 - are honest to the point of making you squirm
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden sings his heart out in his second audition
tvX Factor: How did the Jakes - and Charlie Martinez - fare?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments