Ronan Curtis was restored to a starting position for League One promotion hopefuls Portsmouth who were held to a one all draw by Fratton Park visitors Bristol Rovers, managed by Graham Coughlan, on Tuesday evening. Burnley loanee Jimmy Dunne retained his starting position for Sunderland, after his troubled evening facing Accrington Stanley loanee Paul Smyth last Friday night, when the ‘Makems’ defeated visitors Gillingham by four goals to two at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening. Aiden McGeady was also in the starting eleven and scored the fourth goal from the penalty spot. McGeady has displayed good form throughout the season to date. Very noticeable during the match on Friday last was his speedy and accurate use of the ball, a far cry from earlier times when his tendency to hold on to the ball for lengthy periods brought much criticism and little reward. McGeady, on this revised style, may yet be on the radar of new Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.