Wes Thomas struck late to hand Portsmouth victory over Scunthorpe.

The visitors went ahead early on when striker Leon Clarke scored for the fifth game in succession following his loan move from Charlton Athletic.

But Gabor Gyepes made the most of Sam Slocombe's error to level, before the keeper was withdrawn due to injury.

Replacement James Severn then saved Brian Howard's penalty after Niall Canavan fouled Thomas, but the on-loan Bournemouth man swept in the winner.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton speaking to BBC Radio Solent after match with Scunthorpe:

"For me it's a start, we've got another really important game in three days time which is just as important as this one and I don't want to throw away the good work that's been put in today.

"Now they've done that, hopefully next time when they come back here, then obviously they'll be a little bit more open.

[On goalscorer and new loan signing Wes Thomas] "He was very good today, I thought he complemented Izale [McLeod] really well, I thought the both of them played very well for us."

Scunthorpe United manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought we dominated for the majority [of the game]. We had opportunities, didn't take them and got punished right at the end.

"We just weren't clinical enough. We had good chances and we just didn't take them.

"We're in good situations and made poor decisions, but I have to be honest I thought the performance was as good as we've played.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Portsmouth

  • 01 Andersen
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Harley (Harris - 57' )
  • 16 Gyepes
  • 20 Michalik Booked
  • 22 Webster
  • 07 Williamson
  • 08 Howard
  • 19 Russell (Ertl - 67' )
  • 09 McLeod
  • 14 Thomas (Obita - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 18 Ertl
  • 06 Walker
  • 15 Obita
  • 11 Compton
  • 21 Harris

Scunthorpe

  • 01 Slocombe (Severn - 23' )
  • 02 Ribeiro (Grella - 90' )
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 15 Canavan
  • 21 Newey
  • 04 Walker
  • 07 Ryan
  • 16 Duffy (Sedgwick - 76' )
  • 24 Prutton Booked
  • 09 Clarke
  • 22 Hawley

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 06 Reid
  • 14 Gibbons
  • 25 Sedgwick
  • 10 Grella
  • 11 Barcham
  • 12 Jennings
Ref: D'Urso
Att: 10,995

Match Stats

Shots

11 14

On target

5 5

Corners

8 5

Fouls

14 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:42

Foul by Ashley Harris on Chris Sedgwick, free kick awarded. The ball is sent over by David Prutton, Karl Hawley takes a shot. Save made by Mikkel Andersen.

90:00 +5:14

Effort from inside the penalty area by Izale McLeod strikes the post.

90:00 +4:27 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:45 Substitution

Substitution Christian Ribeiro goes off and Mike Grella comes on.

90:00 +0:48 Substitution

Substitution Wes Thomas goes off and Jordan Obita comes on.

90:00 +0:48

David Prutton has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.

88:45

Assist on the goal came from Brian Howard.

88:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Wes Thomas - Portsmouth 2 - 1 Scunthorpe Wes Thomas finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Portsmouth 2-1 Scunthorpe.

88:45

The ball is sent over by Brian Howard,

87:48

Mustapha Dumbuya takes a shot. Save by James Severn. Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Leon Clarke.

86:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Izale McLeod. Free kick taken by Christian Ribeiro.

85:54

The offside flag is raised against Karl Hawley. Free kick taken by Mikkel Andersen.

84:43

A cross is delivered by Adam Webster, James Severn makes a save.

84:20

Brian Howard fouled by Josh Walker, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Howard takes the direct free kick.

82:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Howard on Jimmy Ryan. Free kick taken by James Severn.

81:55

Corner taken by Ashley Harris from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Josh Walker.

80:50

Gabor Gyepes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Hawley. Free kick taken by David Prutton.

79:17

The ball is swung over by Tom Newey.

77:12

Adam Webster restarts play with the free kick.

77:12 Booking

Booking David Prutton goes into the referee's book.

76:54

David Prutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Thomas.

76:03

The referee blows for offside. Mikkel Andersen takes the indirect free kick.

75:10 Substitution

Substitution Mark Duffy goes off and Chris Sedgwick comes on.

75:10 Booking

Booking Lubomir Michalik is given a yellow card.

74:44

Lubomir Michalik gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Hawley. Direct free kick taken by Tom Newey.

73:33

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line to the near post, Josh Walker manages to make a clearance.

72:43

The ball is swung over by Izale McLeod, save by James Severn.

71:21

Johnny Ertl takes a shot. Save by James Severn.

69:55

Leon Clarke produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

68:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes by Karl Hawley. Mikkel Andersen takes the direct free kick.

66:20 Substitution

Substitution Johnny Ertl joins the action as a substitute, replacing Darel Russell.

64:26

Ashley Harris takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by David Mirfin. Corner from the left by-line taken by Brian Howard, clearance by David Mirfin.

63:34

Jimmy Ryan crosses the ball.

62:43

Gabor Gyepes concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Clarke. Jimmy Ryan takes the free kick.

61:09

Ashley Harris produces a left-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.

60:19

A cross is delivered by David Prutton.

59:08

Karl Hawley is adjudged to have handled the ball. Mikkel Andersen restarts play with the free kick.

57:42

Karl Hawley is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mikkel Andersen.

56:42 Substitution

Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Ashley Harris coming on for Jon Harley.

54:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Webster on David Prutton. James Severn takes the direct free kick.

52:58

Inswinging corner taken by David Prutton from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Mikkel Andersen.

51:39

Leon Clarke has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

50:49

The ball is delivered by Christian Ribeiro.

49:56

Karl Hawley takes a shot. Mikkel Andersen makes a save.

48:52

Foul by Darel Russell on Jimmy Ryan, free kick awarded. James Severn restarts play with the free kick.

48:09

Leon Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes. Gabor Gyepes takes the direct free kick.

47:11

Corner taken by Brian Howard from the left by-line, Effort from deep inside the area by Gabor Gyepes clears the bar.

45:01 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

42:48

Corner taken by Darel Russell from the right by-line, clearance made by Niall Canavan.

42:07

Close range headed effort by Karl Hawley goes wide of the left-hand upright.

40:03

The ball is sent over by Adam Webster, save by James Severn.

38:45

Christian Ribeiro fouled by Jon Harley, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Severn.

38:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Ryan on Mustapha Dumbuya. Free kick taken by Lubomir Michalik.

37:42

Outswinging corner taken by David Prutton, clearance by Lubomir Michalik.

37:11

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by James Severn.

35:30

Leon Clarke crosses the ball.

34:10

Effort from deep inside the area by Leon Clarke misses to the right of the goal.

32:46

Unfair challenge on Karl Hawley by Lubomir Michalik results in a free kick. The ball is swung over by David Prutton, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Tom Newey goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

31:18

Gabor Gyepes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Karl Hawley. Jimmy Ryan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. David Prutton has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

30:14 Penalty

Power penalty taken by Brian Howard saved by James Severn. Portsmouth 1-1 Scunthorpe.

29:09

Unfair challenge on Wes Thomas by Niall Canavan results in a Penalty.

27:52

The ball is swung over by Mark Duffy, comfortable save by Mikkel Andersen.

27:19

Izale McLeod takes a shot.

26:31

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Prutton, save by Mikkel Andersen.

25:38

Izale McLeod has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

24:01

Corner taken by David Prutton played to the near post, Adam Webster manages to make a clearance.

21:50 Substitution

Substitution James Severn comes on in place of Sam Slocombe.

21:50

Darel Russell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Walker. Direct free kick taken by Niall Canavan.

20:39

Effort from 12 yards by Karl Hawley. Save made by Mikkel Andersen.

19:41

Leon Clarke is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jon Harley takes the free kick.

19:05

Leon Clarke challenges Gabor Gyepes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jon Harley takes the direct free kick.

18:02

Effort on goal by Darel Russell from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

15:42

Corner taken by Brian Howard played to the near post, clearance made by David Prutton.

15:07

Handball decision goes against Josh Walker. Mikkel Andersen takes the free kick.

13:37

Brian Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Walker. Tom Newey takes the free kick.

11:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Gabor Gyepes - Portsmouth 1 - 1 Scunthorpe Gabor Gyepes finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Portsmouth 1-1 Scunthorpe.

10:49

Corner taken by Brian Howard from the left by-line, Lubomir Michalik takes a shot. Save made by Sam Slocombe.

9:13

The referee blows for offside against Karl Hawley. Brian Howard takes the free kick.

8:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley by Mark Duffy. Brian Howard takes the direct free kick.

7:57

Leon Clarke has a volleyed shot. Mikkel Andersen makes a comfortable save.

7:44

Centre by Christian Ribeiro, clearance made by Jon Harley.

6:33

The offside flag is raised against Izale McLeod. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

5:18

Assist on the goal came from Jimmy Ryan.

5:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Clarke - Portsmouth 0 - 1 Scunthorpe Leon Clarke finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 0-1 Scunthorpe.

4:32

Wes Thomas is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Sam Slocombe takes the free kick.

3:41

Karl Hawley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Harley. Jon Harley takes the direct free kick.

2:36

Foul by Jon Harley on Josh Walker, free kick awarded. The ball is crossed by Christian Ribeiro, Leon Clarke produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

1:42

Corner taken by David Prutton from the left by-line played to the near post, Leon Clarke challenges Gabor Gyepes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikkel Andersen takes the direct free kick.

0:26

The assistant referee signals for offside against Wes Thomas. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Slocombe.

0:00

The game begins.

The referee gets the second half underway.

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