Ollie Clarke's first senior goal helped Bristol Rovers beat Portsmouth.

The 21-year-old midfielder fired in a half-volley from the edge of the penalty area to give Rovers a half-time lead at the Memorial Stadium.

David Clarkson sealed the win with an angled shot, having hit the crossbar early in the first period.

Pompey, who have now gone nine games without a victory in all competitions, are yet to win a match under recently-appointed manager Richie Barker.

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Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"The attitude of the team - we've talked about it over the last ten/eleven games - has been absolutely spot on.

"You saw it on Wednesday when the attitude of the team was terrific, and we asked for that again today. We've had to come through some awkward spells.

"I think Portsmouth started very well and we had to stand up to that.

"The first goal was at a really good time for us because it settled things down. The second half I thought we were quite commanding on the front foot and very positive."

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

"I'd have to say for 20 minutes, half an hour in the first half I thought we were the best team. We had a couple of really good chances, but it isn't anywhere near good enough.

"Some of those players in there have got to recognise how fortunate they are to be playing for Portsmouth and too many players are going through the motions for me and not doing the right things.

"There's no point hiding - they've got 10 days to save their Portsmouth careers because they are where they are because they don't do the right things. There's a lot of problems and it needs sorting out very quickly."

On Rovers goals: "They're both good finishes but we can't keep saying they're good finishes. They're good finishes because people worked hard to go and get on the end of things and they worked hard and they ran and they chased and they picked up second balls.

"We're going to have to put a stop to this very quickly and change peoples' mentalities because all I hear about is moaning and that isn't happening anymore."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (3)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 02 Smith
  • 14 Brown
  • 24 Clarke
  • 06 Parkes
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 15 Norburn
  • 09 Harrold
  • 32 O'Toole
  • 10 Richards

Substitutes

  • 17 Harrison
  • 18 Harding
  • 19 Beardsley
  • 20 Gough
  • 33 Santos
  • 34 Keary
  • 35 Southway

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 20 Cooper (Moutaouakil - 73' )
  • 14 Painter
  • 13 Ertl
  • 03 N'Gala Booked
  • 06 Bradley
  • 35 Wallace
  • 16 Ferry
  • 23 Agyemang
  • 18 Bird (Connolly - 65' )
  • 07 Barcham (Holmes - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Moutaouakil
  • 05 Devera
  • 08 Padovani
  • 09 Connolly
  • 11 Holmes
  • 25 Sullivan
  • 31 Racon
Ref: Steven Rushton
Att: 7,537

Match Stats

Shots

14 4

On target

7 2

Corners

5 7

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Portsmouth 0.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Portsmouth 0.

90:00 +1:51

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

90:00 +1:51

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:50

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:50

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

87:03

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Johannes Ertl.

82:50

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

82:50

Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:46

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

81:00

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

80:58

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

79:39

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

76:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Portsmouth 0. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norburn.

75:22

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

74:21 Booking

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

74:06

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:06

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

73:30

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

72:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Yassin Moutaouakil replaces Shaun Cooper because of an injury.

72:42

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:42

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

71:14

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

71:14

Shaun Cooper (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:46

Attempt saved. Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:14

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Michael Smith.

64:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. David Connolly replaces Ryan Bird.

64:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Ricky Holmes replaces Andy Barcham.

62:32

Attempt saved. Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

62:15

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:33

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:33

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

60:01

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

59:48

Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:53

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

53:11

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

52:56

Attempt saved. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

51:49

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:49

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

46:19

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

46:19

Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 0.

43:14

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

42:40

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

39:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 0. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

36:03

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:03

Foul by Shaun Cooper (Portsmouth).

35:03

Hand ball by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

34:24

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

33:26

David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:26

Foul by Simon Ferry (Portsmouth).

30:02

Attempt missed. Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

29:25

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

29:25

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

28:42

Hand ball by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

28:04

Attempt blocked. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:36

Attempt saved. Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

24:33

Attempt blocked. Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:05

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lee Brown.

23:00

Foul by Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers).

23:00

Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:45

David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:45

Foul by Marcos Painter (Portsmouth).

17:19

Hand ball by Ryan Bird (Portsmouth).

16:18

David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

13:15

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

10:52

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

10:52

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

10:08

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:06

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

6:31

Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

5:46

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

5:46

Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

5:04

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

2:41

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

2:41

(Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:18

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

2:00

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Michael Smith.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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