Jonathan Grounds' bizarre goal helped Oldham beat Portsmouth in a fiery match which saw both end with 10 men.

Liam Walker and Izale McLeod had early chances for the hosts but they were denied by Latics keeper Alex Cisak.

And they were made to pay when Grounds' cross from the left evaded everyone, including keeper Mikkel Andersen, and went into the net.

Pompey's Jonathan Obita and Oldham's Cliff Byrne saw red for violent conduct but it did not effect the score.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton told to BBC Radio Solent:

"We just got sucked into giving cheap free kicks away and letting long balls and long free kicks get played into our box time and time again.

"The referee lost the plot. The game was probably a little bit too big for him and maybe the occasion was too big for him in terms of Fratton Park.

"I think the game just got out of his hands. There wasn't a serious tackle in the whole game."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Portsmouth

  • 01 Andersen
  • 03 Harley
  • 14 Connolly
  • 15 Obita Dismissed
  • 19 Russell
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 06 Walker (Harris - 67' )
  • 08 Howard Booked
  • 09 McLeod
  • 11 Compton
  • 18 Ertl (Rodgers - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 22 Webster
  • 17 Clifford
  • 10 Rodgers
  • 21 Harris

Oldham Athletic

  • 01 Cisak
  • 02 Brown Booked
  • 03 Grounds Booked
  • 05 Mvoto Booked
  • 16 Byrne Dismissed
  • 07 Croft
  • 08 Furman
  • 22 M'changama
  • 09 Slew (Smith - 22' )
  • 10 Simpson (Tarkowski - 66' )
  • 11 Montano

Substitutes

  • 13 Bouzanis
  • 06 Tarkowski
  • 26 Winchester
  • 24 Hughes
  • 14 Smith
  • 19 Taylor
  • 21 Millar
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 12,635

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

6 1

Corners

4 4

Fouls

16 23

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:12 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:20

Cristian Montano takes a shot. Short corner taken by Lee Croft. Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Smith on Jon Harley. Direct free kick taken by Darel Russell.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Paul Connolly on Lee Croft, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Lee Croft.

90:00 +2:23

Centre by Brian Howard, James Tarkowski manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:12

The ball is sent over by Jack Compton, Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:50

Cristian Montano challenges Mustapha Dumbuya unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Compton restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Smith on Jack Compton. Free kick taken by Mustapha Dumbuya.

90:00 +0:10

Lee Croft takes a short corner.

89:26

Unfair challenge on Jean Yves Mvoto by Luke Rodgers results in a free kick. James Tarkowski restarts play with the free kick.

88:49

Brian Howard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Furman. Jonathan Grounds restarts play with the free kick.

87:59

Long distance shot from Jack Compton misses to the left of the net.

87:40

The ball is crossed by Jon Harley, clearance by Jonathan Grounds.

85:44

Luke Rodgers takes a shot. Alex Cisak makes a save. Corner from right by-line taken by Jack Compton.

85:28

Lee Croft delivers the ball.

83:31

Foul by Mustapha Dumbuya on Matt Smith, free kick awarded. Lee Croft restarts play with the free kick, Close range header by Jean Yves Mvoto goes over the bar.

82:43 Substitution

Substitution Luke Rodgers replaces Johnny Ertl.

82:07

Darel Russell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Furman. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.

81:49

Connor Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Harris. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Harris.

78:36

Matt Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley. Direct free kick taken by Jon Harley.

78:10

The ball is sent over by Jack Compton, clearance by Matt Smith. Darel Russell takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Smith.

77:10

Ashley Harris takes the free kick.

77:10 Booking

Booking Connor Brown booked for unsporting behaviour.

76:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Connor Brown on Izale McLeod.

75:18

Effort on goal by Darel Russell from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

74:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley by Connor Brown. Jack Compton takes the free kick.

73:47

Free kick taken by Mustapha Dumbuya.

73:47 Booking

Booking Jonathan Grounds is shown a yellow card.

73:27

Foul by Jonathan Grounds on Jack Compton, free kick awarded.

72:51

Jonathan Grounds takes the free kick.

72:51 Booking

Booking Brian Howard goes into the book.

72:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Croft by Brian Howard.

72:09

Brian Howard fouled by Dean Furman, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Connolly restarts play with the free kick.

71:14

Foul by Connor Brown on Ashley Harris, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jon Harley.

69:41

Ashley Harris takes a shot. Save made by Alex Cisak.

69:18

Cristian Montano challenges Jack Compton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mustapha Dumbuya takes the direct free kick.

66:21 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Harris replaces Liam Walker.

65:09 Substitution

Substitution James Tarkowski on for Robbie Simpson.

63:02 Dismissal

Dismissal Cliff Byrne is sent off by the referee for violent conduct.

61:58 Dismissal

Dismissal Jordan Obita shown a red card for violent conduct.

58:47

Paul Connolly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robbie Simpson. Lee Croft takes the free kick.

58:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Grounds - Portsmouth 0 - 1 Oldham A goal is scored by Jonathan Grounds from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Oldham.

57:50

The assistant referee flags for offside against Izale McLeod. Alex Cisak restarts play with the free kick. Centre by Jonathan Grounds,

55:34

Jordan Obita concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Yves Mvoto. Dean Furman takes the direct free kick.

54:55

Brian Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Croft. Cliff Byrne restarts play with the free kick.

54:23

Jack Compton delivers the ball.

53:47

Foul by Cliff Byrne on Izale McLeod, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jon Harley.

52:30

Effort from deep inside the area by Cristian Montano misses to the right of the target.

52:11

Unfair challenge on Liam Walker by Youssouf M'Changama results in a free kick. Liam Walker takes the free kick.

50:41

Inswinging corner taken by Jack Compton from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jonathan Grounds.

50:02

Youssouf M'Changama is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Mikkel Andersen. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cliff Byrne by Izale McLeod. Alex Cisak takes the free kick.

48:24

The ball is delivered by Lee Croft, Mikkel Andersen makes a save. Cliff Byrne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Obita. Brian Howard takes the direct free kick. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jack Compton.

45:08

Shot from just outside the box by Cristian Montano misses to the right of the goal.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +3:10 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +2:38

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jean Yves Mvoto misses to the left of the goal.

45:00 +1:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darel Russell on Cristian Montano. Direct free kick taken by Lee Croft.

44:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jean Yves Mvoto on Jordan Obita. Free kick taken by Jon Harley.

40:07

Cristian Montano takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Jean Yves Mvoto takes a shot. Save by Mikkel Andersen. Cliff Byrne takes a shot. Mustapha Dumbuya gets a block in.

39:33

Cristian Montano takes a shot. Darel Russell gets a block in.

38:07

Foul by Dean Furman on Jordan Obita, free kick awarded. Brian Howard takes the free kick.

37:39

Jack Compton delivers the ball, Effort from the edge of the box by Darel Russell goes wide of the left-hand post.

36:27

The referee penalises Matt Smith for handball. Direct free kick taken by Paul Connolly.

34:37

Robbie Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Harley. Free kick taken by Liam Walker.

33:39 Booking

Booking Jean Yves Mvoto receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

33:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Izale McLeod by Jean Yves Mvoto. Brian Howard takes the free kick.

31:14

Youssouf M'Changama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard. Mikkel Andersen takes the direct free kick.

29:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Ertl on Robbie Simpson. Direct free kick taken by Dean Furman, Effort from inside the area by Cristian Montano misses to the left of the goal.

28:44

Cristian Montano crosses the ball.

28:18

Jack Compton sends in a cross, Izale McLeod takes a shot. Save by Alex Cisak.

27:51

Matt Smith concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Harley. Free kick taken by Mikkel Andersen.

27:03

Liam Walker takes a shot. Save by Alex Cisak.

26:45

The ball is sent over by Lee Croft, save by Mikkel Andersen.

20:14

Youssouf M'Changama restarts play with the free kick.

20:14 Substitution

Substitution (Oldham) makes a substitution, with Matt Smith coming on for Jordan Slew.

20:14

Foul by Jon Harley on Jean Yves Mvoto, free kick awarded.

19:13

Mustapha Dumbuya delivers the ball, Jack Compton takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Compton played to the near post, Dean Furman manages to make a clearance.

18:29

The ball is sent over by Jack Compton, Jean Yves Mvoto manages to make a clearance.

17:44

Handball decision goes against Jon Harley. Connor Brown takes the free kick.

17:14

Effort from long distance by Brian Howard goes wide right of the target.

14:36

The ball is swung over by Cristian Montano, clearance made by Paul Connolly.

12:28

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Croft to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jean Yves Mvoto goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

9:33

The ball is crossed by Lee Croft. Unfair challenge on Mustapha Dumbuya by Cristian Montano results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikkel Andersen.

8:47

Lee Croft produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

8:21

Jon Harley concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Croft. Cristian Montano takes the direct free kick.

7:31

Liam Walker has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

5:49

Izale McLeod challenges Cliff Byrne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cliff Byrne takes the direct free kick.

4:29

Jordan Obita takes a shot. Save made by Alex Cisak. Cristian Montano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darel Russell. Jack Compton restarts play with the free kick.

3:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Slew on Jon Harley. Mikkel Andersen restarts play with the free kick.

1:59

Centre by Jordan Obita, Izale McLeod takes a shot. Save made by Alex Cisak.

0:53

Connor Brown is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Darel Russell takes the free kick.

0:07

Unfair challenge on Robbie Simpson by Jon Harley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Youssouf M'Changama.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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