JACK THE LAD

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SONNY Bradley claims he was threat­ened by one of his own fans af­ter Portsmouth’s draw with Ex­eter. The de­fender was leav­ing the St James’ Park pitch when an away sup­porter al­legedly lined up a punch.

Prior to the post-game drama it looked as though Jake Jervis’ ninth-minute strike would de­cide the des­ti­na­tion of all three points in Pom­pey’s favour.

But with just 40 sec­onds left of stop­page time, Liam Ser­combe’s de­flected shot looped over Trevor Car­son and into the back of the net.

“It was a man aged about 50 who was ready to punch me as I was walk­ing past,” said Bradley.

“I was stood there and he’s try­ing to punch me. What’s that all about?

“We’ve given our best and left noth­ing out there.

“Fans can scream and shout and we’ll ac­cept it, but try­ing to as­sault one of the play­ers is a dif­fer­ent story.”

And boss Richie Barker cut a frus­trated fig­ure as he was forced to field more dif­fi­cult ques­tions about Pompy’s in­abil­ity to hold on to a lead.

“A cou­ple of peo­ple have not tracked their run­ners which is dis­ap­point­ing be­cause we spoke about that be­fore the game.” he said.

“We had enough chances to have won the game and it feels like a de­feat.

“We don’t seem to be able to see games out and we are all gut­ted.

“We were 40 sec­onds away from two ex­tra points which would have been mas­sive. It is tough to take.”

Jervis handed Portsmouth the per­fect start with his third goal in four games. Ricky Holmes’ free-kick was headed back into the dan­ger zone by Ben Chor­ley for Jervis to poke home from close range.

Pom­pey keeper Car­son was al­most left red-faced when he let Chor­ley’s back-pass sneak un­der his foot be­fore the ball flashed nar­rowly wide.

The visi­tors came close to dou­bling their lead on 63 min­utes, Jervis rac­ing down the left and cross­ing for Holmes to toe-poke the ball just past the post.

Ex­eter sub­sti­tute David Wheeler did put the ball in the net but the cel­e­bra­tions were short-lived as the lines­man flagged for an off­side ear­lier in the move.

Ryan Tay­lor was guilty of an amaz­ing miss late on when a mis­take from Ex­eter keeper Ar­tur Krysiak pre­sented him with an open goal. But the for­mer Bris­tol City striker con­trived to steer the ball wide.

And the visi­tors were made to pay late in stop­page time when a quick throw ended with Ser­combe’s de­flected shot loop­ing over Car­son.

But Ex­eter boss Paul Tis­dale felt his side’s last-gasp lev­eller was fully mer­ited.

“It was a fan­tas­tic end to a fan­tas­tic game,” he said. “It was a bril­liant game, the at­mos­phere was fan­tas­tic in re­ally dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

“But I am re­ally proud of the way my team played and de­lighted with the point.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

STAR MAN THERRY RA­CON Portsm outh OUR HERO: Liam Ser­combe, left, cel­e­brates his last-gasp lev­eller for Ex­eter

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