Portsmouth extended their unbeaten run to five matches after a goalless draw at home to Stevenage.

The visitors had the ball in the net after half an hour, but Filipe Morais' effort was ruled out for offside.

Morais was also close to breaking the deadlock after the break when his flicked header bounced just wide.

Home sub Adam Webster saw his diving header caught by Boro keeper Steve Arnold before Marcus Haber nodded against the Pompey crossbar late on.

Portsmouth are now two points behind Oldham, who occupy the position immediately above the relegation zone, but the Latics have three games in hand on the Fratton Park outfit.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth caretaker manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

"It's pleasing that we haven't conceded again at Fratton Park, that's the most important thing, and probably encouraging towards the end where we've got four under-19s on there and we look like the team that's going to score.

"Ultimately it's a point gained because we gained on the two above us. It's disappointing because you want to win every game but we'll take encouragement from the performance.

"I'll probably argue we should have won and they'll probably argue they could have won at the end when they hit the bar but it's all about the performance for me.

"We didn't look as sharp as we had done in the past, we didn't play the ball on the floor as much as we could have done, didn't play enough football but we defended resolutely again and that's so important."

On the upcoming court case: "I think like everybody we just want to know the result. We can't affect that, all we can affect is the stuff on the pitch and hopefully things off the pitch will work for us and that's all we're hoping for."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's a second clean sheet in a week, it was a hard earned clean sheet. I thought the players showed good organisation and good resilience.

"We could easily have scored two or three goals today from pretty clear cut chances and we didn't give many away."

Match Stats

Shots

6 8

On target

2 4

Corners

3 4

Fouls

6 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:31 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:11

A cross is delivered by Luke Freeman, Marcus Haber takes a shot.

90:00 +1:26

Shot by Adam Webster from just outside the area goes over the net.

90:00 +0:59

Therry Racon fouled by Gavin Mahon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jed Wallace.

89:13

Lucas Akins challenges Jack Maloney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jed Wallace.

88:35

Jed Wallace takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Mark Roberts.

87:50

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luke Freeman, Simon Eastwood makes a save.

86:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Therry Racon by Gavin Mahon. Free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

85:09

Lucas Akins takes a shot. Save made by Simon Eastwood.

85:01

David Gray delivers the ball, clearance made by Gabor Gyepes.

83:53 Substitution

Substitution Miguel Comminges on for Filipe Morais.

83:53

Shot from just outside the box by Jack Maloney misses to the right of the goal.

82:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jed Wallace by Gavin Mahon. Jed Wallace sends in a cross, Adam Webster takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.

81:48

James Dunne takes a shot. Clearance by Ashley Harris.

80:14

Simon Eastwood restarts play with the free kick.

80:14 Substitution

Substitution Gavin Mahon comes on in place of Anthony Grant.

80:14

Handball decision goes against Filipe Morais.

78:50 Substitution

Substitution Adam Webster joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yassin Moutaouakil.

77:32

Direct free kick taken by Yassin Moutaouakil.

77:32 Booking

Booking Booking for Anthony Grant.

77:05 Booking

Booking Yassin Moutaouakil is booked.

76:00

Foul by Anthony Grant on Johnny Ertl, free kick awarded.

75:03

Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Rocha. Direct free kick taken by Gabor Gyepes.

74:10

Filipe Morais gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yassin Moutaouakil. Yassin Moutaouakil takes the free kick.

73:31

Luke Freeman delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Filipe Morais misses to the right of the target.

72:07

Simon Eastwood takes the direct free kick.

72:07 Booking

Booking Booking for Max Ehmer for unsporting behaviour.

71:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Max Ehmer on Jed Wallace.

66:15

Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gabor Gyepes. Simon Eastwood takes the direct free kick.

65:30

Max Ehmer takes the direct free kick.

65:30 Booking

Booking Booking for Therry Racon for unsporting behaviour.

65:18

Therry Racon challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63:55

Max Ehmer takes the free kick.

63:55 Substitution

Substitution John Akinde leaves the field to be replaced by Ashley Harris.

63:55 Substitution

Substitution Liam Walker goes off and Jack Maloney comes on.

63:55

Johnny Ertl challenges Anthony Grant unfairly and gives away a free kick.

63:01

Jed Wallace delivers the ball.

62:04

Long range effort by Luke Freeman goes wide right of the target.

59:39

The ball is crossed by Jed Wallace.

57:05 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Lopez leaves the field to be replaced by Marcus Haber.

52:18

Liam Walker takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Bondz N'Gala.

51:58

David Gray delivers the ball, save by Simon Eastwood.

51:26

The ball is delivered by Max Ehmer, Shaun Cooper makes a clearance.

48:01

Filipe Morais produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +0:57 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:26

The ball is delivered by Liam Walker, John Akinde has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

42:23

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Luke Freeman from the right by-line to the near post, Simon Eastwood makes a save.

40:49

Foul by James Dunne on Therry Racon, free kick awarded. Jed Wallace crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

40:27

The ball is sent over by Shaun Cooper, clearance by Max Ehmer.

39:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Walker on Anthony Grant. Free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

34:42

David Connolly fouled by Max Ehmer, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Yassin Moutaouakil.

32:18

Lucas Akins concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Walker. Simon Eastwood takes the free kick.

30:40

The referee blows for offside against Filipe Morais. Simon Eastwood takes the direct free kick.

28:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Filipe Morais by Ricardo Rocha. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Luke Freeman from right channel. Daniel Lopez is caught offside. Simon Eastwood takes the free kick.

26:40

Daniel Lopez takes a shot. Comfortable save by Simon Eastwood.

25:09

A cross is delivered by Luke Freeman.

23:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Dunne on Therry Racon. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Jed Wallace, Steve Arnold makes a save.

22:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Therry Racon by Anthony Grant. Direct free kick taken by Yassin Moutaouakil.

22:09

The ball is sent over by Lucas Akins, save by Simon Eastwood.

20:27

Short corner worked by Max Ehmer.

18:54

Corner taken left-footed by Liam Walker from the right by-line to the near post, David Gray makes a clearance.

17:49

Lucas Akins takes a shot. Simon Eastwood makes a save.

12:43

Shot from 35 yards by Yassin Moutaouakil missed to the right of the target.

12:17

The offside flag is raised against Filipe Morais. Direct free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

11:53

James Dunne fouled by John Akinde, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Roberts.

11:11

The ball is delivered by Lucas Akins.

8:58

Jed Wallace delivers the ball, Mark Roberts manages to make a clearance.

6:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lucas Akins by Shaun Cooper. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Luke Freeman from right wing, save by Simon Eastwood.

5:07

Corner taken by Luke Freeman from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jed Wallace.

1:12

Unfair challenge on David Connolly by David Gray results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jed Wallace, clearance by David Gray.

0:53

A cross is delivered by Lucas Akins, Jed Wallace makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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