Portsmouth caretaker-boss Guy Whittingham hopes Izale McLeod's stoppage-time equaliser at Coventry will be the catalyst for a change in the troubled club's fortunes.

Pompey were second best for much of the game at the Ricoh Arena and trailed to Gary McSheffrey's well-taken opener after 41 minutes.

But they battled to the end and snatched a point when McLeod capitalised on hesitant defending to stab home from close range.

Whittingham was delighted to have halted a run of seven straight defeats and feels it is no more than his players deserve.

"It's massive for us," he said. "The players have put some hard work in on the training pitch and they have got something to show for it now and it might just be that little something that kicks us on. It needs to be.

"It is tough for us because we have a lot to do, we have to make things better than they are and we will work to do that."

McLeod's leveller arrived in the third minute of stoppage time, five minutes after David McGoldrick had what surely would have been the crucial goal ruled out for offside - when he tapped in after Carl Baker had hit the post.

Coventry manager Mark Robins' disappointment with that decision was only matched by his frustration that his side did not see the game out.

He said: "If they hadn't made any changes in the second half then you would have been asking questions because we had absolutely battered them. We passed it well, we passed it with a purpose and I was delighted with the goal. It was a great run and great goal from Gary McSheffrey.

"The goal that we scored and had chalked off, there is no way on this planet that it was offside. I have looked at it twice, but I didn't need to. McGoldrick is two yards onside, it's hit the post he's controlled it and put it in the net but it's been disallowed. I'm really disappointed with that because we have done enough to win it."