Cotterill enlightened after draw

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Portsmouth boss Steve Cotterill acknowledged that the floodlight failures at Fratton Park will make the headlines - but they had no bearing on the result as his side drew 2-2 with Leeds.

The floodlights failed twice in the second half after Leeds had twice come from a goal down to level the scores. Joel Ward and John Utaka twice gave Pompey the advantage but Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma ensured the visitors took a point back to Elland Road.

"What will happen is that (the floodlight failure) will make the headlines - 'The lights went out at Pompey'," Cotterill said. "Well I'll tell you what - the lights are still burning here. They might have gone out for 20 minutes, but that could have happened at any ground in the country."

He added: "It happened in Portsmouth and if we had been playing away, no-one would have known about it. The whole world will know about it now.

"It had no bearing on the result, no bearing on the performance of both teams, and it was a good game of football.''

Leeds manager Simon Grayson was delighted with his side's second-half performance and felt they could have gone on and won the game had the floodlights not failed.

Grayson said: "We certainly stepped up with our second-half performance. There were a lot of good opportunities, a good tempo to the game and the performance we know we are capable of producing.

"Portsmouth had the best of the first half and we had the best of the second half. Overall, it was probably an even and fair result.

"We knew at half-time that we might be fortunate to still be in the game at 1-0. We knew we had to pass the ball a lot better and get our passing game and creativity going.

"The early goal gave us a real boost. We really upped the ante and the lights didn't help us because we were in the ascendancy.''

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Davide Somma
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