KARL Robinson hailed the spirit of his Oxford United side as a makeshift line-up shrugged off injury problems to grab a late point at Portsmouth.

Matty Taylor was the hero, heading in James Henry's 90th-minute cross to earn a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.

United were already depleted by injuries, but a dead leg for Josh Ruffels at the end of the first half saw Rob Dickie play at right back for the rest of the game.

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The dramatic equaliser came in front of the 1,747 travelling fans, who celebrated like it was a win.

Robinson said: "I don’t think I’ve celebrated a point like that.

"We are all over the place at the moment with injuries, it’s unbelievable.

"On Tuesday (against Sunderland) we had one of the most intense games we’ve had in a long time.

"We dealt with that and then you come to probably the most intense ground in the Football League.

"The players never gave in, I’m so proud of them.

"Our second choice right back was at left back. Our centre back was playing at left back. Our striker playing off the wing, Jamo playing central midfield, so it was a crazy affair.

"Tariqe (Fosu) looked tired and I’m really pleased we dug something out."

It was the second successive away game running Taylor had come up with a crucial goal, having won the game at Rotherham United a fortnight ago.

Robinson said: "It’s a replica of the goal against Rotherham, where he pulled off the centre back.

"His movement is fantastic and the header is sensational.

"We were getting a lot of stick from the (home) fans to our right, so when you get one like that it makes it a bit sweeter."