Portsmouth v Leeds United: The day the lights went out at Fratton Park...three times!

Leeds United and Portsmouth were left to reflect on "the maddest game ever" after three floodlight failures at Fratton Park.

Saturday's Championship fixture survived repeated power cuts to reach a conclusion almost half-an-hour late.

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Referee Anthony Taylor was able to ignore the first failure in the 52nd minute but further problems in the 74th and 88th minutes forced the match official to briefly suspend play.

Leeds defender Paul Connolly said: "It was totally bizarre – the maddest game ever. To be honest, I was half glad when the referee blew the whistle at the end because I didn't want the floodlights to go out again."

The teams remained on the field during the two delays, and Pompey

striker David Nugent occupied the home crowd with an impromptu display of tricks.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson said: "Credit to the people at Portsmouth and the officials. They knew what the situation was and they kept everyone informed. The players just had to keep their concentration levels up and stay warm until the game restarted."

His Portsmouth counterpart, Steve Cotterill, said: "It had no bearing on the result or the performances."

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