The fact Portsmouth got something out of this match, and thoroughly deserved too, is a remarkable achievement by their manager, Michael Appleton.
Some of his starting XI, everyone of whom was making his debut for the club, had not met before they gathered in the dressing room before the game. Such are the financial restrictions on the club, of the 15 names on the team-sheet, (only four of the seven substitute positions were filled) nine were signed on one-month deals last week – albeit that some had been training with the club previously – and four on loan morning.
Good players, however, can overcome unfamiliarity, and Brian Howard, Luke Rodgers, Kevin Long, Mikkel Andersen and Lee Williamson are good players. Roared on by an almost desperately passionate crowd, the force was with them. An appalling blunder by the Bournemouth goalkeeper, Shwan Jalal, who allowed a 25-yard shot by Izale McLeod to trickle between his legs, gave Pompey a first-half lead they should have extended before Lee Barnard equalised with a header 12 minutes from time.
"I'm not sure how much sleep I've had in the last three days, just because there haven't been enough hours in the day to get things done," said Appleton.
"By the hour a few of the players were running on empty, so in the circumstances I'm delighted with the performance."
It will certainly hearten supporters ahead of arguably the most important week in Portsmouth's history. Having been allowed to start the season in administration, and received £3.4m in parachute payments to cover running costs, former owner Balram Chainrai's decision to withdraw an offer to buy back the club means the only realistic prospect of it avoiding liquidation over its £58m debt appears to lie with the administrator, Trevor Birch, agreeing to sell it to the Pompey Supporters' Trust, and Birch has indicated he wants PST to be in a position to seal the deal by Friday.
There remain an number of obstacles to that happening, not least that Chainrai retains a charge over Fratton Park. The Trust has offered him £2.75m (to be funded largely by a loan from Portsmouth City Council, against which the Trust will assign future parachute payments) to remove it, but Chainrai is understood to want nearer three times that sum.
In addition while Birch has agreed deals to remove all the club's previous and high-earning players from the wage bill, the cost of the various pay-offs comes to around £8m. According to their bid proposal, the Trust has set aside £2m to pay off so-called 'football creditors, which via mutually acceptable agreements was a Football League condition of Portsmouth taking their place in League One.
The Trust has written to the Hong Kong-based businessman asking him to reduce his demands. If, as the supporters believe, Pompey can become a beacon for a new order in British football, they can only hope he will. "We just hope something gets sorted – if we can get new ownership things will certainly be a little bit brighter," said Appleton.