Fan reaction: Lee Etheridge's view of Cheltenham 2 Portsmouth 2
It wasn't always pretty but that's the sort of fighting spirit we want to see from Cheltenham Town.
In a gutsy performance we twice came from behind to grab a point and almost snatched all three with a last second Terry Gornell goal being disallowed.
The talk before the match centred around the decision to drop captain Russell Penn to the bench but after his dire performance against Bury last week this wasn't a big surprise.
The large travelling Portsmouth contingent didn't need any encouragement to raise their voices and after only five minutes we conceded another limp goal.
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We soon found ourselves under waves of Portsmouth attacks and with both Cheltenham full-backs struggling it looked like an up hill battle.
The injury curse continued as Ryan Inniss hobbled off and Russell Penn's first involvement as substitute was to lunge into a tackle and come away with the ball.
The pent-up frustration of being dropped was witnessed in that tackle and it visibly roused the players and fans. A great pass from Terry Gornell allowed Jermaine McGlashan to round the goalkeeper and slot home.
After getting back on level terms we shot ourselves in the foot just before half time, we conceded cheap possession and a quick Portsmouth counter left 6'2 Johannes Ertl completely unmarked at the back post who tapped in.
Second half we pressed and harried Portsmouth, most of our best attacks came from neat midfield passing with David Noble prominent and always willing to receive the ball under pressure. His two performances to date have been excellent.
Just as it seemed like the equaliser would never come Jermaine McGlashan nipped in front of his fullback to stab home to the delight of the home faithful. We were nearly in wonderland when with the last kick of the match Terry Gornell scrambled the ball in but it was cruelly ruled out for offside.
This wasn't a vintage performance by any stretch but we showed some great battling qualities. The management will know they still have plenty of work to do and need to find the right team balance.
Hopefully our season starts now...but we can't keep saying that.
OUT OF 10:
Scott Brown 6 - Extra responsibility with the captains armband but exposed again by the defence.
Keith Lowe 6 - Looked far more assured when he moved to centre half. Had a poor opening 30 minutes at full back
Steve Elliott 6 - Pressed into action after his knockout at Bury and given a tough time by Patrick Agyemang
Ryan Inniss 5 - Was at fault for the first goal and limped off shortly afterwards.
Sido Jombati 6 - More comfortable when moved across to right-back after Inniss injury. Still to find his top form.
Jermaine McGlashan 8* - Back to what he does best, attacking his full-back and chipping in with two crucial goals - Man of the Match
David Noble 7 - Didn't misplace a pass all game. Was brave enough to want the ball even in tight situations. Good performance
Matt Richards 6 - Filled in at left-back after Inniss went off and seemed to balance the defence.
Sam Deering 5 - Never got to grips with the game or his position. Just doesn't cut it at left wing.
Steven Gillespie 6 - Plenty of effort but lacking service in the areas he wanted.
Terry Gornell 6 - Battled and fought, great pass to McGlashan for the first goal and had a late winner disallowed for offside.
Russ Penn 7 - Understandably annoyed by not starting but his first crunching tackle set the tone for his performance. Added much needed bite in midfield
Byron Harrison 6 - Still plays hot and cold. Some good things and some not so good.
Zack Kotwica 6 - First thought is to attack his full-back. Each week he's getting closer to a full league start.