Tenacity of Tigers impresses Pearson

Jimmy Bullard's 21st minute penalty put the visitors in front, before Liam Lawrence levelled from the spot before the hour.

Matt Fryatt came off the bench to grab a debut goal following his £1.2million move from Leicester, and Nick Barmby soon made it 3-1 to City before Pompey midfielder Greg Halford set up a grandstand finish.

"It was an exciting and pulsating game," said Pearson. "It was not our best performance of the season, but to come away from home to a place like this and score three goals is very good.

"I'm delighted with the result because we needed to be brave and show a lot of spirit, and the players did that.

"I'm sure Portsmouth will say they should have got something out of the game and they probably should have, but I would have taken that result beforehand."

Source: PA

Source: PA