Portsmouth vs Derby League One title clash is briefly halted after fox runs onto pitch

Portsmouth and Derby’s League One title clash was unexpectedly halted due to a fox running onto the pitch.

Pompey sit top of the table and the Rams are behind in second, with the match one of the biggest all season.


Fratton Park welcomed an unlikely visitor in the form of a foxCredit: @SkyFootball X

However, an enticing battle at Fratton Park was paused during the first half when a small fox made an unlikely appearance.

Derby were in possession at the time but the small mammal ran along the face of the goal-line in front of the Fratton End.

It’s appearance seemed to be quick one, with play finally resuming in what was windy and wet conditions on the south coast.

Joe Ward gave Derby the lead on the break in the 23rd minute but Abu Kamara hit back moments later to make it 1-1.

The visitors regained the lead on the approach to half time though, with Ward finding the net with an excellent low strike.

Portsmouth levelled the scoring for the second time in the 76th minute as January window signing Owen Moxon fired in from range.

With promotion to the Championship such a coveted prospect, wins in the final weeks of the season are so crucial.

Both Portsmouth and Derby could finish in the automatic spots, but the former hold the advantage when it comes to the title as they sit top.

It's appearance was enough to bring the action to a brief halt


It’s appearance was enough to bring the action to a brief haltCredit: @SkyFootball X

And they both settled for a point a piece as the full-time whistle blew at the end of a 2-2 draw.

Portsmouth remain top of the table and five points clear of Derby, with John Mousinho’s side also holding a game in hand over them.

Their unbeaten run has also extended to four games as they close in on a long-awaited return to the Championship.

Derby have four games left to play this season and are four points above Bolton in second, although they too have a game in hand.


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