Brentford condemed Portsmouth to a narrow defeat as manager Michael Appleton was forced to deny claims he is in talks with Blackpool.

The Pompey boss has been heavily linked with the vacant position at Bloomfield Road following Ian Holloway's decision to leave for Crystal Palace.

And Appleton's side have now lost the last three league games.

Striker Clayton Donaldson's header from Adam Forshaw's free-kick early in the first half handed the Bees victory.

The hosts' best chance came when Izale McLeod latched on to Lubomir Michalik's ball but the former Barnet man placed his effort just wide.

Appleton told BBC Radio Solent after the game: "I've not heard from Blackpool or the [Portsmouth] administrators.

"It can be frustrating at time as I'm sure the players read and see the media.

"The quicker they move on and appoint someone, the better. As far as I'm aware I'll just carry on doing my job."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Portsmouth

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 02 Dumbuya
  • 03 Harley Booked (Walker - 77' )
  • 15 Dickinson
  • 16 Gyepes
  • 20 Michalik
  • 22 Webster (Harris - 34' )
  • 07 Williamson
  • 08 Howard
  • 17 Buzsaky
  • 09 McLeod

Substitutes

  • 01 Andersen
  • 18 Ertl
  • 06 Walker
  • 19 Russell
  • 10 Rodgers
  • 11 Compton
  • 21 Harris

Brentford

  • 01 Lee Booked
  • 05 Craig
  • 06 Dean Booked
  • 14 Logan
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 04 Forshaw
  • 08 Douglas
  • 12 Adeyemi (O'Connor - 23' Booked )
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 09 Donaldson Booked
  • 19 Forrester Booked (Saunders - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Moore
  • 03 Barron
  • 02 O'Connor (Barron - 57' )
  • 07 Saunders
  • 15 Dallas
  • 23 Hayes
  • 30 German
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 11,328

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

1 4

Corners

3 3

Fouls

17 18

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:18 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:51 Booking

Booking Richard Lee is cautioned by the ref for time wasting.

90:00 +1:07

Centre by Mustapha Dumbuya, blocked by Jake Bidwell. Corner taken by Brian Howard.

89:56

Carl Dickinson sends in a cross, Effort from the edge of the area by Akos Buzsaky goes wide of the right-hand post.

89:43

Carl Dickinson delivers the ball, clearance by Toumani Diagouraga.

88:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Saunders on Lee Williamson. Gabor Gyepes takes the indirect free kick.

87:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson by Lubomir Michalik. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Forshaw.

85:27

Close range header by Harlee Dean goes over the bar.

83:55

Sam Saunders takes the free kick.

83:55 Substitution

Substitution Sam Saunders replaces Harry Forrester.

83:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Dickinson on Shaleum Logan.

83:37

Gabor Gyepes challenges Clayton Donaldson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Barron takes the indirect free kick.

83:10

Foul by Clayton Donaldson on Gabor Gyepes, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

82:33

Harry Forrester fouled by Brian Howard, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Lee restarts play with the free kick.

80:44

Lubomir Michalik takes the indirect free kick.

80:44 Booking

Booking Clayton Donaldson booked.

80:33

The referee blows for offside against Clayton Donaldson.

79:52

Foul by Brian Howard on Toumani Diagouraga, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Toumani Diagouraga.

78:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Toumani Diagouraga on Liam Walker. Liam Walker produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

76:33

Akos Buzsaky takes the free kick.

76:33 Substitution

Substitution Liam Walker replaces Jon Harley.

76:33 Booking

Booking Harlee Dean receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

76:28

Foul by Harlee Dean on Izale McLeod, free kick awarded.

76:09

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Douglas. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

75:49

Lee Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shaleum Logan. Harlee Dean restarts play with the free kick.

74:19

Harry Forrester takes the indirect free kick.

74:19 Booking

Booking Booking for Jon Harley for unsporting behaviour.

74:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harry Forrester by Jon Harley.

73:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Harley on Shaleum Logan. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Lee.

72:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Barron on Ashley Harris. Simon Eastwood takes the free kick.

71:30

Brian Howard takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Lubomir Michalik misses to the left of the goal.

70:40

Scott Barron produces a cross, save by Simon Eastwood.

69:09

Lubomir Michalik challenges Clayton Donaldson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony Craig restarts play with the free kick.

67:51

Jon Harley challenges Shaleum Logan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Lee restarts play with the free kick.

66:45

Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Blocked by Lubomir Michalik. Jonathan Douglas takes a shot. Blocked by Lubomir Michalik.

64:22

The ball is delivered by Clayton Donaldson, Lubomir Michalik makes a clearance.

63:27

Ashley Harris delivers the ball, Izale McLeod produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

62:03

The ball is sent over by Harry Forrester, mishit right-footed shot by Scott Barron. Simon Eastwood makes a save.

61:08

Carl Dickinson has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

60:03

Effort from just outside the area by Akos Buzsaky goes over the bar.

59:36

Centre by Jonathan Douglas, Simon Eastwood makes a save.

56:27

Akos Buzsaky takes the indirect free kick.

56:27 Substitution

Substitution Scott Barron is brought on as a substitute for Kevin O'Connor.

56:27 Booking

Booking Caution for Kevin O'Connor.

53:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Kevin O'Connor.

51:48

Shaleum Logan challenges Gabor Gyepes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

51:36

Jake Bidwell delivers the ball.

49:48

The assistant referee flags for offside against Adam Forshaw. Indirect free kick taken by Mustapha Dumbuya.

48:42

Jonathan Douglas concedes a free kick for a foul on Izale McLeod. Akos Buzsaky produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Richard Lee.

48:13

Harry Forrester produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +3:06 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +1:10

Free kick taken by Akos Buzsaky.

45:00 +1:10 Booking

Booking Booking for Harry Forrester for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +1:04

Harry Forrester challenges Ashley Harris unfairly and gives away a free kick.

45:00 +0:08

The ball is crossed by Mustapha Dumbuya, Effort on goal by Ashley Harris from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

43:39

Izale McLeod has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

40:56

Foul by Clayton Donaldson on Jon Harley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

40:29

Corner taken short by Harry Forrester.

39:17

Corner taken by Adam Forshaw, Lubomir Michalik manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Harry Forrester from the right by-line to the near post, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.

38:38

Unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson by Lubomir Michalik results in a free kick. Adam Forshaw restarts play with the free kick.

37:43

Foul by Harry Forrester on Carl Dickinson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Carl Dickinson.

36:30

Akos Buzsaky produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

35:04

Effort from the edge of the area by Harry Forrester goes wide of the left-hand upright.

33:49

Richard Lee takes the free kick.

33:49 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Harris on for Adam Webster.

33:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Williamson on Jonathan Douglas.

33:16

The ball is swung over by Adam Forshaw, Close range header by Clayton Donaldson goes over the crossbar.

31:45

Brian Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Douglas. Harlee Dean restarts play with the free kick.

31:21

Shaleum Logan takes a shot. Save by Simon Eastwood.

30:09

Effort on goal by Jon Harley from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

29:48

The ball is sent over by Jonathan Douglas.

29:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mustapha Dumbuya on Toumani Diagouraga. Free kick taken by Tony Craig.

28:24

Foul by Jonathan Douglas on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Brian Howard takes the indirect free kick.

26:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Harry Forrester on Carl Dickinson. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

23:48

Adam Forshaw fouled by Akos Buzsaky, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Lee.

22:17 Substitution

Substitution Kevin O'Connor joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tom Adeyemi.

19:48

Unfair challenge on Tony Craig by Izale McLeod results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Lee.

15:43

Lee Williamson fouled by Clayton Donaldson, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Williamson takes the free kick.

15:25

Tom Adeyemi delivers the ball, Simon Eastwood makes a save.

14:37

The ball is swung over by Carl Dickinson, Harlee Dean makes a clearance.

13:57

The ball is delivered by Adam Webster, save made by Richard Lee.

13:09

Corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jake Bidwell.

11:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes by Toumani Diagouraga. Gabor Gyepes takes the indirect free kick.

9:13

The offside flag is raised against Clayton Donaldson. Free kick taken by Lubomir Michalik.

8:14

Assist by Adam Forshaw.

8:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Clayton Donaldson - Portsmouth 0 - 1 Brentford Clayton Donaldson scores a headed goal from close in. Portsmouth 0-1 Brentford.

7:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Bidwell by Mustapha Dumbuya. Adam Forshaw crosses the ball,

4:47

Unfair challenge on Mustapha Dumbuya by Jake Bidwell results in a free kick. Adam Webster takes the indirect free kick.

4:35

Harry Forrester sends in a cross, Gabor Gyepes makes a clearance.

4:03

Tom Adeyemi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard. Simon Eastwood restarts play with the free kick.

2:42

Izale McLeod is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Lee.

0:24

Foul by Clayton Donaldson on Carl Dickinson, free kick awarded. Simon Eastwood takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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