Bondz N'Gala's early header gave Portsmouth a narrow win over managerless Bury.

The giant centre-back rose highest to guide Ricky Holmes' corner into the net for his third goal of the season.

Bury, who sacked Kevin Blackwell on Monday, were the better side after the break, but Shaun Harrad's header was kept out by Phil Smith's fine save.

Danny Hylton and Anton Forrester both missed good chances for Bury before Jed Wallace hit the post for Portsmouth.

The defeat meant the Shakers, currently being led by caretaker boss Ronnie Jepson, are without a win in eight games and sit just above the relegation zone on goal difference.

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Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

"It's one of those victories that you don't want but you'll take.

"I don't think there were many players who actually could say we had a good game on the ball, but we worked hard, we defended well and we've ultimately won the game.

"Teams often lift their game when a manager's gone, either to play for him or they're happy to see him go, and so either way there was going to be a reaction.

"There was certainly a reaction from Bury; they were on top of us, they were lively, they were doing everything apart from scoring."

Bury caretaker manager Ronnie Jepson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"How we didn't get something out of the game, I'll never know.

"We were on the front foot from the off and you saw the sigh of relief from their staff afterwards. Guy Whittingham was almost a bit apologetic.

"This is a great place to come and they've got a good crowd behind them. Our boys showed fantastic spirit and it's just not dropping at this moment in time."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Portsmouth

  • 01 Smith
  • 02 Moutaouakil
  • 05 Devera
  • 31 Racon Booked (Mahon - 82' )
  • 03 N'Gala Booked
  • 06 Bradley
  • 35 Wallace
  • 13 Ertl
  • 32 Marquis Booked (Bird - 71' )
  • 23 Agyemang (Barcham - 82' )
  • 11 Holmes Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Barcham
  • 08 Padovani
  • 15 Mahon
  • 18 Bird
  • 20 Cooper
  • 25 Sullivan
  • 36 Whatmough

Bury

  • 21 Jensen
  • 02 Beeley
  • 28 Mustoe
  • 06 Proctor Booked
  • 05 Cameron
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 12 Sedgwick
  • 08 Miller (Mayor - 78' )
  • 24 Hylton
  • 14 Harrad (Forrester - 78' )
  • 19 Soares

Substitutes

  • 04 Hinds
  • 09 Forrester
  • 11 Holden
  • 15 Mayor
  • 16 Rooney
  • 30 Charles-Cook
  • 31 Walker
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 15,434

Match Stats

Shots

3 10

On target

1 3

Corners

2 7

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Bury 0.

90:00 +3:55 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Bury 0.

90:00 +2:31

Attempt missed. Jordan Mustoe (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

90:00 +1:10

Attempt missed. Danny Mayor (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

88:53

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

87:53

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Phil Smith.

87:21

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Joe Devera.

85:57

Attempt missed. Shaun Beeley (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

85:03

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:03

Foul by Anton Forrester (Bury).

83:55

Attempt missed. Anton Forrester (Bury) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

82:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Andy Barcham replaces Patrick Agyemang.

81:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Gavin Mahon replaces Therry Racon.

81:18

Attempt missed. William Edjenguele (Bury) header from the centre of the box is too high.

79:45

Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:45

Foul by Danny Hylton (Bury).

77:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bury. Anton Forrester replaces Shaun Harrad.

77:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bury. Danny Mayor replaces Tommy Miller.

73:26 Booking

Booking Andrew Proctor (Bury) is shown the yellow card.

73:19

Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:19

Foul by Andrew Proctor (Bury).

72:34 Booking

Booking Therry Racon (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

72:04

Therry Racon (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:04

Foul by Nathan Cameron (Bury).

71:15

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

70:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Ryan Bird replaces John Marquis.

69:33

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

69:33

Tommy Miller (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.

67:57

Therry Racon (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:52

Foul by Nathan Cameron (Bury).

65:27 Booking

Booking John Marquis (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

65:19

Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).

65:19

Nathan Cameron (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:35

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by William Edjenguele.

60:03

Attempt saved. Danny Hylton (Bury) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:32

Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:32

Foul by Nathan Cameron (Bury).

56:24

Joe Devera (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:24

Foul by Chris Sedgwick (Bury).

55:10

Yassin Moutaouakil (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:10

Foul by Tom Soares (Bury).

54:12

Attempt saved. Shaun Harrad (Bury) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:00

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

51:11

Attempt missed. Jordan Mustoe (Bury) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

50:20

Foul by Yassin Moutaouakil (Portsmouth).

50:20

Danny Hylton (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:30

John Marquis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:30

Foul by William Edjenguele (Bury).

45:00

Second Half begins Portsmouth 1, Bury 0.

45:00 +3:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Bury 0.

45:00 +2:14 Booking

Booking Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +1:51

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

45:00 +1:51

Shaun Beeley (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:57

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

36:57

Tommy Miller (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:11

Attempt missed. Tom Soares (Bury) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

32:39

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

30:52

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

28:22 Booking

Booking Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

27:38

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

27:38

Danny Hylton (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:19

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Johannes Ertl.

24:57

Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

24:57

Tommy Miller (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:13

Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:13

Foul by Andrew Proctor (Bury).

13:10

Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:10

Foul by Tommy Miller (Bury).

7:00

William Edjenguele (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:58

Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).

4:47

Corner, Bury. Conceded by Yassin Moutaouakil.

3:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Portsmouth 1, Bury 0. Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

2:30

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by William Edjenguele.

0:34

Attempt saved. Shaun Harrad (Bury) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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