THE Oxford Mail player ratings after Oxford United battled back to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Sky Bet League One leaders Portsmouth.


Taken off at half-time with a groin problem, but up until that point, he had a fairly quiet evening – 6


Had to come off just before the break. With uncertainty over when exactly Sam Long will be able to return, due to the steps he must tick off with the concussion protocols, U’s will hope Stevens’ problem isn’t serious – 6


A rock at the back, winning aerial duels and making important interceptions – 8


Equally solid alongside Moore at centre back, and cleared his lines when he had to – 8


Question marks over him not being tight enough on Callum Lang when the substitute put Pompey in front, but otherwise it was a solid night – 7


Really good play to evade a couple of challenges and release Tyler Goodrham through the middle of the pitch for the opening goal – 8


Energetic display in the middle of the park, covering almost every blade of grass – 7.5


Speedy and sharp in the first half, and had the better of his marker on a couple of occasions. Faded a little in the second period, but to be expected after little game time recently – 7.5


Dragged the team forward at times, but aside from teeing up Mark Harris early in the second half, he wasn’t able to have a telling impact in the final third – 7


Bright in possession of the ball, and once again, he found the back of the net with a strike from the edge of the penalty box. A special talent. MAN OF THE MATCH – 8


Worked hard, held the ball up well and ran the channels. His effort was parried and allowed James Henry to steal in and nod home the rebound – 7.5

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Oisin Smyth (for Stevens, 43)

Not an easy ask to play out of position against the league leaders, but he handled himself very well at right back – 7

Simon Eastwood (for Cumming, 46)

Appeared to lose the ball in the scramble which led to the Pompey equaliser. Tough situation for a goalkeeper to come on at half-time – 5.5

Gatlin O’Donkor (for Burey, 68)

Went up front, with Harris moving out to the right. More involved and threatening than he has been for much of the past couple of months – 7

James Henry (for McGuane, 85)

Usually substitutes after the 75th minute do not get a rating, however Henry pulled United level in the short space of time he was on the pitch. Went close from a free kick and then gambled on the deflection, allowing him to nod in – 7.5

Unused: Negru, Thorniley, McEachran.