Portsmouth celebrated coming out of administration with a comprehensive victory over Sheffield United whose automatic promotion hopes were ended.

Shaun Cooper gave Pompey the lead with a powerful header back across goal from Patrick Agyemang's cross.

David Connolly doubled their lead after getting across his marker to find the corner of the net from close range.

Jed Wallace made it 3-0 with a six-yard finish into the roof of the net while also going close in the second half.

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Portsmouth caretaker manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

"It couldn't have gone any better. We knew their strengths and weaknesses, we knew that on turnover we could get at them quick and our three goals came from that.

"It was fantastic preparation for the game and it's great when it pays off because the fans needed that today. It was a euphoric day and that's just put the icing on the cake [after the takeover by the Supporters' Trust].

"I think we all wish that February was the start of the season - unfortunately it isn't. We know there's a lot of hard work to do and we're prepared."

Sheffield United caretaker manager Chris Morgan told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The first-half performance is difficult to take in particular. It was a performance a million miles away from what we've been at and we need to have a look at that.

"What we have got is a good group of players. We've got two games left.

"We have to finish the season positively and get mentally ready for the play-offs."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Portsmouth

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 04 Sodje
  • 10 Moutaouakil Booked
  • 16 Gyepes
  • 18 Ertl (Awford - 90' )
  • 34 Butler
  • 03 Cooper
  • 19 Racon
  • 35 Wallace (Maloney - 88' )
  • 09 Connolly
  • 23 Agyemang (Harris - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 22 Webster
  • 06 Walker
  • 24 Awford
  • 20 Akinde
  • 21 Harris
  • 31 Maloney

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 04 Higginbotham
  • 06 Hill
  • 15 Collins
  • 29 McMahon (Westlake - 59' )
  • 07 Flynn (Forte - 46' )
  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 McDonald Booked
  • 09 Porter
  • 14 Kitson (Robson - 46' )
  • 23 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 35 Coyne
  • 02 Westlake
  • 19 Robson
  • 26 McFadzean
  • 27 Whitehouse
  • 16 Forte
  • 24 Ironside
Ref: Collins
Att: 18,433

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

5 3

Corners

4 6

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:22 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:06

The ball is crossed by Barry Robson.

90:00 +2:14

The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Higginbotham. Free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

90:00 +1:09 Substitution

Substitution Nick Awford replaces Johnny Ertl.

90:00 +0:19

Barry Robson crosses the ball, Gabor Gyepes manages to make a clearance.

89:21

Chris Porter is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Sam Sodje.

88:59

The ball is swung over by Yassin Moutaouakil.

87:44 Substitution

Substitution Jed Wallace leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Maloney.

87:04

The ball is swung over by Jed Wallace, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Gabor Gyepes goes wide of the right-hand post.

86:27

Inswinging corner taken by Jed Wallace from the left by-line, save made by George Long.

84:37 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Harris on for Patrick Agyemang.

84:06

Johnny Ertl challenges Kevin McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Robson takes the free kick.

83:13

Therry Racon concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by George Long.

83:04

The ball is delivered by Dan Butler, clearance made by Danny Higginbotham.

81:45

Jed Wallace delivers the ball.

80:50

Chris Porter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Sodje. Free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

80:04

The ball is sent over by David Connolly, Darryl Westlake makes a clearance. Dan Butler produces a cross, clearance made by Danny Higginbotham.

77:47

Unfair challenge on Johnny Ertl by Kevin McDonald results in a free kick. Simon Eastwood restarts play with the free kick.

75:00

Corner from the right by-line taken by Dan Butler, Matthew Hill manages to make a clearance.

73:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Sodje by Neill Collins. Free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

72:50

Sam Sodje fouled by Chris Porter, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

69:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by Barry Robson, Neill Collins has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

69:03

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jed Wallace. George Long takes the free kick.

68:00

Foul by Gabor Gyepes on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Barry Robson takes the free kick.

65:25

Barry Robson challenges Therry Racon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Yassin Moutaouakil.

63:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against Patrick Agyemang. Free kick taken by George Long.

62:51

Free kick taken by Gabor Gyepes.

62:51 Booking

Booking Kevin McDonald is shown a yellow card.

62:42

Unfair challenge on David Connolly by Kevin McDonald results in a free kick.

61:59

The ball is crossed by Yassin Moutaouakil, Darryl Westlake makes a clearance.

59:42

The ball is crossed by David Connolly, Jed Wallace produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

59:23

Jonathan Forte takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Ertl.

58:13 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Darryl Westlake coming on for Tony McMahon.

56:27 Booking

Booking Yassin Moutaouakil goes into the referee's book.

56:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Murphy by Yassin Moutaouakil. Danny Higginbotham takes the free kick.

55:13

Tony McMahon takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

54:16

Unfair challenge on Patrick Agyemang by Neill Collins results in a free kick. Dan Butler takes the free kick.

53:59

Matthew Hill decides to take a short corner.

53:37

Therry Racon challenges Jonathan Forte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMahon takes the direct free kick.

52:05

Jed Wallace has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

51:39

Jed Wallace takes a shot. Danny Higginbotham gets a block in.

50:36

The ball is crossed by Jamie Murphy, Sam Sodje makes a clearance. Corner taken by Tony McMahon, save by Simon Eastwood.

48:03

Foul by Barry Robson on Therry Racon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

46:42

Tony McMahon sends in a cross, save by Simon Eastwood.

46:16

Patrick Agyemang gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle. Free kick taken by Michael Doyle.

45:03

Corner taken left-footed by Dan Butler, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Johnny Ertl misses to the left of the goal.

45:03 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Forte on for Ryan Flynn.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Barry Robson coming on for Dave Kitson.

45:00 +2:47 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +2:31

Danny Higginbotham has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

45:00 +2:05

Therry Racon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

43:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Flynn by Dan Butler. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

41:45

Foul by Dave Kitson on Therry Racon, free kick awarded. Yassin Moutaouakil takes the free kick.

41:09

The offside flag is raised against Chris Porter. Simon Eastwood takes the direct free kick.

39:15

Corner taken short by Tony McMahon, A cross is delivered by Kevin McDonald, clearance made by Sam Sodje.

35:52

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, Sam Sodje manages to make a clearance.

34:34

Chris Porter takes a shot. Blocked by Dan Butler. Corner from the right by-line taken by Tony McMahon, Close range headed effort by Danny Higginbotham goes wide of the left-hand upright.

31:25

Assist by David Connolly.

31:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Jed Wallace - Portsmouth 3 - 0 Sheff Utd A goal is scored by Jed Wallace from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Portsmouth 3-0 Sheff Utd.

30:49

The ball is sent over by Matthew Hill, Gabor Gyepes makes a clearance.

28:50

Michael Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Ertl. Free kick taken by Dan Butler.

27:43

Unfair challenge on Therry Racon by Tony McMahon results in a free kick. Jed Wallace takes the direct free kick.

26:12

Jed Wallace takes a shot. George Long makes a comfortable save.

24:39

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

23:18

Assist on the goal came from Jed Wallace.

23:18 Goal scored

Goal! - David Connolly - Portsmouth 2 - 0 Sheff Utd David Connolly grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Portsmouth 2-0 Sheff Utd.

22:34

Tony McMahon produces a cross, Patrick Agyemang manages to make a clearance.

20:30

Patrick Agyemang provided the assist for the goal.

20:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Shaun Cooper - Portsmouth 1 - 0 Sheff Utd Shaun Cooper scores a headed goal from close in. Portsmouth 1-0 Sheff Utd.

19:47

Patrick Agyemang gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Higginbotham. George Long takes the free kick.

19:04

The official flags Chris Porter offside. Free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

16:43

The ball is crossed by Ryan Flynn.

15:42

The official flags Patrick Agyemang offside. Neill Collins restarts play with the free kick.

15:09

Johnny Ertl fouled by Jamie Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Eastwood.

14:23

Therry Racon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

11:55

Centre by Patrick Agyemang.

10:17

Tony McMahon sends in a cross, clearance by Therry Racon. Tony McMahon takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Gabor Gyepes.

7:10

The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, Dave Kitson takes a shot. Save by Simon Eastwood. Unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Shaun Cooper results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

5:40

Kevin McDonald produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

3:27

Unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald by Therry Racon results in a free kick. Danny Higginbotham takes the free kick.

1:23

Corner taken by Dan Butler from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Chris Porter.

0:53

Unfair challenge on Yassin Moutaouakil by Michael Doyle results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Yassin Moutaouakil.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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