Portsmouth scored twice in two second-half minutes as they put the departure of manager Steve Cotterill behind them.

Jacob Butterfield hit the inside of the post and saw his effort roll across the face of goal as Barnsley started well.

Pompey improved after the break and Jimmy McNulty cleared off the line from Erik Huseklepp.

David Norris opened the scoring after 61 minutes, volleying a low strike from the edge of the area, before Luke Varney pounced from close range.

The result ended Barnsley's seven-match unbeaten run but it could have been very different if the Tykes had translated their first-half performance into goals.

In addition to Butterfield's effort that struck the post, he also forced a save from Stephen Henderson with a fierce shot after eight minutes.

Bobby Hassell then weaved into the Pompey area before Ricardo Rocha made a great block to clear the danger.

Ricardo Vaz Te wasted a good chance, shooting over from a good position, before the home side started to threaten, with Greg Halford heading a Liam Lawrence corner wide.

Norris forced a save from Luke Steele, before Butterfield hit the post as an entertaining opening half finished goalless.

However, Pompey, with Stuart Gray and Guy Whittingham in temporary charge, took a grip on the game with their quickfire double and despite a fine save from Henderson, who tipped over a shot from Butterfield, the home team comfortably held on.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Portsmouth

  • 13 Henderson
  • 03 Rocha
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Halford
  • 26 Ben-Haim
  • 07 Lawrence
  • 08 Mullins
  • 10 Huseklepp (Ward - 84' )
  • 19 Norris
  • 11 Varney
  • 25 Mwaruwari (Kitson - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Ashdown
  • 02 Ward
  • 04 Mokoena
  • 18 Kitson
  • 27 Kanu

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hassell (Wiseman - 46' )
  • 03 McEveley
  • 06 Foster
  • 15 McNulty
  • 05 Doyle
  • 08 O'Brien Booked (Davies - 67' )
  • 19 Butterfield
  • 20 Drinkwater Booked
  • 18 Vaz Te (Park - 46' )
  • 27 Gray

Substitutes

  • 12 Preece
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 17 Addison
  • 21 Park
  • 09 Davies
Ref: Hooper
Att: 11,261

Match Stats

Shots

16 10

On target

6 6

Corners

6 4

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:50 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:54

Hayden Mullins takes a shot. Stephen Foster gets a block in.

87:50

Inswinging corner taken by Luke Varney.

85:54

Shot from just outside the box by Greg Halford misses to the right of the target.

84:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on Scott Wiseman. Free kick taken by Stephen Foster.

83:02 Substitution

Substitution Joel Ward replaces Erik Huseklepp.

81:15

Shot by Cameron Park from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

80:31

The ball is delivered by Liam Lawrence, save by Luke Steele.

79:52

Shot from close range by David Norris misses to the right of the target.

79:30

Liam Lawrence produces a cross, clearance made by Scott Wiseman.

78:18

Right-footed shot by David Norris went wide left of the target.

77:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jacob Butterfield on Tal Ben-Haim. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

75:44

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Varney. Luke Steele takes the indirect free kick.

73:52

The ball is sent over by Cameron Park.

73:02

Daniel Drinkwater takes a short corner.

72:43

Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Stephen Henderson makes a save.

70:12

Cameron Park delivers the ball, clearance made by Ricardo Rocha.

69:07

Jay McEveley crosses the ball.

67:26

The ball is crossed by Liam Lawrence.

66:25

Inswinging corner taken by Jacob Butterfield from the right by-line, clearance made by Hayden Mullins.

66:04 Substitution

Substitution (Barnsley) makes a substitution, with Craig Davies coming on for Jim O'Brien.

65:47

Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.

63:27

Effort from the edge of the box by Andy Gray goes wide of the left-hand post.

62:51

The ball is swung over by Jim O'Brien, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.

61:31

Dave Kitson provided the assist for the goal.

61:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Varney - Portsmouth 2 - 0 Barnsley Luke Varney scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 2-0 Barnsley.

60:18 Goal scored

Goal! - David Norris - Portsmouth 1 - 0 Barnsley David Norris grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Barnsley.

59:49

Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

59:49 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Daniel Drinkwater for unsporting behaviour.

59:40

Foul by Daniel Drinkwater on Erik Huseklepp, free kick awarded.

59:18

Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Blocked by Hayden Mullins.

58:10

Foul by Dave Kitson on Scott Wiseman, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.

57:01 Substitution

Substitution Dave Kitson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Benjani Mwaruwari.

55:50

Liam Lawrence takes the free kick.

55:50 Booking

Booking Jim O'Brien goes into the referee's book.

55:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim O'Brien on Liam Lawrence.

55:22

Cameron Park produces a cross, clearance by Jason Pearce.

54:54

Jacob Butterfield produces a cross, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.

54:14

Andy Gray is caught offside. Tal Ben-Haim takes the free kick.

53:50

Centre by Jim O'Brien, Jason Pearce manages to make a clearance.

51:39

Erik Huseklepp fouled by Jay McEveley, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Lawrence crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

50:51

Liam Lawrence delivers the ball, Erik Huseklepp takes a shot. Jimmy McNulty manages to make a clearance.

50:08

Benjani Mwaruwari has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

48:38

A cross is delivered by Jim O'Brien, Ricardo Rocha makes a clearance.

46:19

Corner taken by Liam Lawrence from the right by-line, Luke Steele makes a save.

45:51

David Norris produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

45:09

Corner taken by Liam Lawrence, Greg Halford takes a shot. Jimmy McNulty gets a block in.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Cameron Park comes on in place of Ricardo Vaz Te.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Scott Wiseman replaces Bobby Hassell.

45:00 +1:46 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:17

Jason Pearce has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

43:24

Short corner taken by Jacob Butterfield.

42:02

Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Stephen Foster results in a free kick. Liam Lawrence delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Stephen Foster fouled by Jason Pearce, the ref awards a free kick. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.

40:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Drinkwater by David Norris. Daniel Drinkwater restarts play with the free kick.

39:13

Shot from long range by David Norris goes wide of the left-hand upright.

36:49

Jacob Butterfield produces a shot from just outside the penalty box that bounces off the post.

36:08

David Norris takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.

34:44

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence from the left by-line, Greg Halford produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

34:32

The ball is crossed by David Norris, blocked by Bobby Hassell.

31:54

Effort from deep inside the area by Luke Varney clears the bar.

31:31

Unfair challenge on Stephen Foster by Luke Varney results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.

31:23

The ball is swung over by Liam Lawrence, clearance by Stephen Foster.

30:56

Luke Varney fouled by Stephen Foster, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.

30:12

The ball is crossed by Liam Lawrence, clearance by Jimmy McNulty.

29:33

Liam Lawrence produces a cross, clearance by Bobby Hassell.

25:39

Centre by Bobby Hassell, save by Stephen Henderson.

25:16

Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Blocked by Ricardo Rocha.

24:48

Luke Varney challenges Stephen Foster unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Doyle.

22:35

A cross is delivered by Jim O'Brien, Shot from inside the area by Ricardo Vaz Te clears the bar.

22:24

Handball by Liam Lawrence. Free kick taken by Daniel Drinkwater.

21:23

Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, clearance made by Andy Gray.

21:15

Luke Varney crosses the ball, Jim O'Brien gets a block in.

20:14

Foul by Luke Varney on Stephen Foster, free kick awarded. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.

18:56

Ricardo Rocha fouled by Andy Gray, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

18:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jacob Butterfield by Hayden Mullins. Free kick taken by Stephen Foster.

15:26

David Norris is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.

14:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, clearance by Jay McEveley.

9:22

Bobby Hassell takes a shot. Ricardo Rocha gets a block in.

7:46

Jacob Butterfield takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Benjani Mwaruwari.

7:26

Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. Stephen Henderson makes a save.

6:12

Benjani Mwaruwari is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jimmy McNulty restarts play with the free kick.

4:57

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jim O'Brien. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.

3:10

Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Jimmy McNulty results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Liam Lawrence, Ricardo Rocha produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

0:25

Tal Ben-Haim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien. Bobby Hassell restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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