David Connolly struck in the second half to give Portsmouth a vital victory against Tranmere Rovers in League One.

Pompey went ahead when striker Connolly tapped Yassin Moutaouakil's low cross home from two yards out.

Rovers came closest to equalising when Ash Taylor's header went wide of the post late on.

Pompey's third home win in a row leaves them three points from safety while Tranmere have now dropped out of the top six.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth caretaker manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

"I don't think [Pompey keeper] Simon Eastwood had much to do whatsoever.

"They put a lot of balls in our box and all of them; Gabor Gyepes, Sam Sodje, until he came off, and Ricardo Rocha, when he came on, defended magnificently.

"It was important that we tried to get people behind the ball and didn't necessarily go off looking for that second one to kill them off. If it came great, but we're winning the game, let's make sure we don't concede."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Portsmouth

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 04 Sodje (Rocha - 81' )
  • 10 Moutaouakil
  • 16 Gyepes
  • 18 Ertl
  • 03 Cooper
  • 19 Racon
  • 31 Maloney (Walker - 72' )
  • 35 Wallace
  • 09 Connolly
  • 23 Agyemang (Akinde - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 22 Webster
  • 33 Rocha
  • 06 Walker
  • 34 Butler
  • 20 Akinde
  • 21 Harris

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 fon Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 04 Taylor
  • 14 Bakayogo (Stockton - 61' )
  • 21 Gibson Booked
  • 27 McGinty
  • 06 Palmer
  • 17 Power
  • 22 Bell-Baggie
  • 25 Sidibe
  • 26 Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 33 Mooney
  • 05 Goodison
  • 19 Kay
  • 12 Harrison
  • 11 McGurk
  • 16 Stockton
  • 20 O'Halloran
Ref: Madley
Att: 12,014

Match Stats

Shots

13 11

On target

7 6

Corners

6 5

Fouls

3 7

Live Text Commentary

94:09 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:30

Handball decision goes against Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Simon Eastwood restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:47

Foul by Ben Gibson on John Akinde, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Walker.

87:26

Effort from the edge of the area by Max Power goes wide of the left-hand upright.

87:10

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Blocked by Gabor Gyepes.

86:22

Johnny Ertl takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

84:11

David Connolly takes a shot.

83:29

Max Power has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

83:02

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro takes a shot. Clearance by Gabor Gyepes.

81:52

Corner taken by Liam Walker.

79:57

Ben Gibson takes the indirect free kick.

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Sam Sodje leaves the field to be replaced by Ricardo Rocha.

79:57

Therry Racon handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

79:08

Mamady Sidibe takes a shot. Save by Simon Eastwood.

76:39 Substitution

Substitution John Akinde replaces Patrick Agyemang.

76:39

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Max Power from the left by-line, Close range headed effort by Ash Taylor goes wide of the left-hand post.

75:10

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

72:52

Jed Wallace concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Gibson. Owain Fon Williams restarts play with the free kick.

71:13

Max Power takes the direct free kick.

71:13 Substitution

Substitution Liam Walker comes on in place of Jack Maloney.

71:13

Sam Sodje concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro.

67:06

The ball is delivered by Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.

66:26

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jed Wallace, Owain Fon Williams makes a save.

65:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Agyemang by Danny Holmes. Direct free kick taken by Shaun Cooper.

64:58

Headed effort from inside the area by Mamady Sidibe misses to the left of the goal.

64:47

The ball is crossed by Danny Holmes.

63:35

Therry Racon takes a shot. Save made by Owain Fon Williams.

62:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Max Power from the right by-line.

61:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mamady Sidibe by Shaun Cooper. Max Power takes the free kick.

60:25 Substitution

Substitution Cole Stockton replaces Zoumana Bakayogo.

57:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Direct free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

52:50

Yassin Moutaouakil provided the assist for the goal.

52:50 Goal scored

Goal! - David Connolly - Portsmouth 1 - 0 Tranmere David Connolly grabs a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 1-0 Tranmere.

51:38

Abdulai Bell-Baggie takes a shot. Save by Owain Fon Williams.

49:12

Gabor Gyepes takes a shot. Mamady Sidibe gets a block in. Gabor Gyepes takes a shot. Mamady Sidibe gets a block in. The assistant referee flags for offside against David Connolly. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

48:41

Jed Wallace restarts play with the free kick.

48:41 Booking

Booking Caution for Ben Gibson.

48:31

Ben Gibson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jed Wallace.

46:53

Max Power takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Ertl.

46:10

Handball by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Simon Eastwood restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:29 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:12

Patrick Agyemang produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

41:43

Patrick Agyemang takes a shot. Ben Gibson gets a block in.

38:02

David Connolly produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

35:39

Abdulai Bell-Baggie delivers the ball.

34:30

Corner from right by-line taken by Max Power.

27:34

Corner taken by Jed Wallace from the right by-line played to the near post, Liam Palmer makes a clearance.

26:20

Jack Maloney takes a shot. Max Power gets a block in.

22:46

Abdulai Bell-Baggie has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.

22:01

Outswinging corner taken by Jed Wallace from the right by-line played to the near post, Sean McGinty makes a clearance.

21:21

Handball by Patrick Agyemang. Free kick taken by Owain Fon Williams.

19:47

Outswinging corner taken by Max Power from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Sam Sodje by Ash Taylor results in a free kick. Simon Eastwood takes the direct free kick.

17:07

Abdulai Bell-Baggie takes a shot. Save by Simon Eastwood. Corner taken by Max Power from the right by-line to the near post.

15:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Johnny Ertl by Zoumana Bakayogo. Simon Eastwood takes the free kick.

14:02

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jed Wallace played to the near post, Headed effort on goal by Gabor Gyepes from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

13:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick Agyemang by Sean McGinty. Free kick taken by Jed Wallace.

12:23

Abdulai Bell-Baggie delivers the ball, comfortable save by Simon Eastwood.

9:25

The ball is crossed by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, Shaun Cooper manages to make a clearance.

7:20

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jed Wallace goes wide right of the target.

6:44

The ball is delivered by Jed Wallace, blocked by Sean McGinty.

2:01

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jed Wallace, Ben Gibson makes a clearance.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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