Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton paid tribute to hometown hero Joel Ward after he rescued his side a 1-1 draw against Southampton at Fratton Park.

After a dire first half, Southampton were the better of the two Hampshire teams and took charge after 63 minutes, with Rickie Lambert heading them into the lead.

However, Nigel Adkins' team failed to clear their lines from a David Norris corner after 84 minutes and Ward saved the day for Pompey with a soaring header, leading his manager to say: "Growing up as a Portsmouth lad and fan, he has probably dreamt about doing that for a while."

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