Walsall extended their unbeaten record in League One to five games with a win at Portsmouth.

The Saddlers opened the scoring after James Baxendale's long-range piledriver found the top right corner of the net.

The visitors doubled their lead when Florent Cuvelier side-footed home from the edge of the area after Pompey failed to clear a free-kick.

Portsmouth pulled one back when Izale Mcleod's left-footed strike from inside the area found the top left corner.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM:

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton speaking to BBC Radio Solent:

"They scored two good goals in terms of shots from outside the box but I didn't think we did enough to win the game."

"You're always uphill if you concede the first goal.

"I thought they ran harder, ran faster than us and probably deserved to win the game because of that."

On the ownership situation:

"Hopefully it will be done and dusted soon because it's been dragging on now. There's been so many deadlines I don't know where we are."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Portsmouth

  • 01 Andersen
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Harley
  • 04 Long (Walker - 44' )
  • 05 J Thompson
  • 07 Williamson
  • 08 Howard
  • 19 Russell
  • 21 Harris (Compton - 81' )
  • 09 McLeod
  • 10 Rodgers

Substitutes

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 06 Walker
  • 18 Ertl
  • 20 Michalik
  • 22 Webster
  • 17 Clifford
  • 11 Compton

Walsall

  • 01 Grof
  • 04 Butler
  • 05 Holden
  • 14 Purkiss
  • 26 Taylor
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 08 Cuvelier
  • 24 Baxendale (Grigg - 67' )
  • 10 Paterson
  • 11 Hemmings (Taundry - 87' )
  • 17 Bowerman

Substitutes

  • 13 Jones
  • 02 Taundry
  • 22 Downing
  • 16 Jones
  • 09 Grigg
  • 15 Taylor
  • 19 Williams
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 11,767

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

7 5

Corners

6 5

Fouls

4 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:32

Will Grigg has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

90:00 +2:06

Florent Cuvelier gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Compton. Free kick taken by Jon Harley.

90:00 +1:37

Jamie Paterson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jon Harley.

89:20

The ball is swung over by Mustapha Dumbuya, Headed effort from inside the area by Izale McLeod misses to the left of the goal.

88:53

Nicky Featherstone gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Walker. Direct free kick taken by Darel Russell.

88:13

Jack Compton produces a cross.

86:51 Substitution

Substitution Richard Taundry on for Ashley Hemmings.

86:00

Jamie Paterson takes a shot.

84:37

A cross is delivered by Jack Compton.

83:43

Centre by Liam Walker.

80:54 Substitution

Substitution Jack Compton replaces Ashley Harris.

80:32

Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard.

80:14

The ball is crossed by Jon Harley.

76:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Purkiss by Izale McLeod. David Grof takes the direct free kick.

71:42

Unfair challenge on Mustapha Dumbuya by Dean Holden results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mikkel Andersen.

71:22

Ashley Hemmings takes a inswinging corner.

71:04

Will Grigg takes a shot. Blocked by Darel Russell.

68:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Izale McLeod - Portsmouth 1 - 2 Walsall Izale McLeod gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-2 Walsall.

68:36

Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard.

68:08

Liam Walker takes a shot. Clearance by Andy Butler.

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Will Grigg is brought on as a substitute for James Baxendale.

65:56

The official flags Luke Rodgers offside. David Grof takes the indirect free kick.

62:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Florent Cuvelier - Portsmouth 0 - 2 Walsall Florent Cuvelier gets on the score sheet with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-2 Walsall.

61:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darel Russell on George Bowerman. Jamie Paterson restarts play with the free kick.

60:30

The referee blows for offside against Luke Rodgers. David Grof restarts play with the free kick.

58:51

A cross is delivered by Florent Cuvelier, Brian Howard manages to make a clearance.

55:01

Assist by Ashley Hemmings.

55:01 Goal scored

Goal! - James Baxendale - Portsmouth 0 - 1 Walsall James Baxendale finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Walsall.

52:41

Liam Walker takes a shot. David Grof makes a save.

51:06

Ashley Hemmings takes a inswinging corner.

50:12

Unfair challenge on Lee Williamson by Florent Cuvelier results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Williamson.

49:28

Unfair challenge on Ben Purkiss by Jon Harley results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Grof.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:52

The ball is delivered by Luke Rodgers, Andy Butler makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:02

Unfair challenge on Ben Purkiss by Izale McLeod results in a free kick. David Grof takes the free kick.

44:57

Luke Rodgers takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

44:26

The ball is crossed by Andy Taylor.

43:28 Substitution

Substitution Liam Walker comes on in place of Kevin Long.

38:23

Shot by Ashley Hemmings from outside the box goes over the net.

37:09

The referee blows for offside. Mikkel Andersen restarts play with the free kick.

36:51

Mustapha Dumbuya delivers the ball, save by David Grof.

34:55

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Save by Mikkel Andersen.

33:48

Andy Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Williamson. Mustapha Dumbuya takes the free kick.

33:10

Shot by Florent Cuvelier from a long way out goes over the net.

31:00

Foul by Dean Holden on Izale McLeod, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Luke Rodgers from the free kick.

29:40

Brian Howard delivers the ball.

29:14

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line, clearance by George Bowerman.

28:53

Darel Russell takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Butler.

26:50

Jamie Paterson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

25:08

Brian Howard takes the inswinging corner, save made by David Grof.

24:17

Izale McLeod produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

22:20

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the left by-line, Darel Russell produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

20:32

Andy Butler concedes a free kick for a foul on Izale McLeod. Brian Howard takes the free kick.

17:59

Izale McLeod is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by David Grof.

17:23

Corner taken left-footed by Ashley Harris from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nicky Featherstone.

17:00

The ball is swung over by Darel Russell, clearance by Andy Butler.

15:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Holden on Izale McLeod. Direct free kick taken by Luke Rodgers.

13:01

James Baxendale concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon Harley. Direct free kick taken by Jon Harley.

11:21

Brian Howard takes a shot. Andy Butler makes a clearance.

9:29

Florent Cuvelier produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

8:32

Brian Howard has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

8:05

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Hemmings, clearance by Josh Thompson.

7:41

Ben Purkiss produces a cross, Jon Harley makes a clearance.

5:40

Izale McLeod takes a shot. Dean Holden makes a clearance.

3:14

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ashley Hemmings, clearance made by Kevin Long.

2:53

Jamie Paterson sends in a cross, Kevin Long makes a clearance.

0:33

Jamie Paterson takes a shot. Save by Mikkel Andersen.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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