Hull`s assistant manager Brian Horton backed Dean Windass's claim to become the second-oldest scorer in the Premier League after the 39-year-old earned another point for the Tigers with an 86th-minute equaliser at Portsmouth.

Pompey's Noe Pamarot appeared to get the final touch when Windass headed a corner by fellow substitute Stelios Giannakopoulos but Horton said: "Try taking it off Deano.

"When the ball came in he had to get some pace on it and to my mind he did that and he's certainly claiming it."

Windass, who scored the winning goal in last season's promotion play-off final against Bristol City at Wembley, was making only his third substitute appearance of the season for the Tigers.

Teddy Sheringham was 40 years and eight months when he scored for West Ham in a 2-1 defeat by Pompey at Upton Park on Boxing Day 2006 but Portsmouth manager Tony Adams insisted: "It was an own-goal as far as we're concerned - down to Noe I'm afraid.

"But we had enough chances to win this one, although I always thought we needed a two-goal cushion to make sure."

Pompey were without Jermain Defoe, Lassana Diarra and Sol Campbell - all major doubts for Thursday's UEFA Cup glamour clash with AC Milan - led through a Peter Crouch header after 21 minutes.

And after Michael Turner's third goal of the season nine minutes after half-time, Pompey right-back Glen Johnson restored their lead with a 25-yard cracker.

But Windass intervened right at the end and Adams, still looking for his first Fratton Park win as a manager, said: "I think it's a mental problem for us.

"The crowd here are fantastic for driving the team on, which is great if you are 0-0 or a goal down. They really motivate the team."

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