Andy King earned his first point as Northampton's caretaker boss in a goalless draw with Portsmouth.

Pompey started the brighter, with Jed Wallace's 25-yard effort catching goalkeeper Matt Duke by surprise and bouncing off the top of the crossbar.

Duke was forced into his first serious save on 64 minutes, diving full-length to stop Therry Racon's long-range shot.

Northampton wanted a penalty when Sonny Bradley hauled down David Moyo, but referee Gavin Ward waved away claims.

Clive Platt, Mathias Doumbe, Ian Morris, Kelvin Langmead, Alex Nicholls and Lewis Hornby all remained sidelined for the Cobblers.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

Post-match: Portsmouth boss Barker

"I'm not particularly satisfied. There are positives. Two clean sheets in a row, which I don't think has been done this year. Two games unbeaten, four points from two games in four days and some positive performances from some individuals.

"It wasn't great but we've hit the crossbar, missed a couple of chances, and were by far the better team - so there are positives.

"I thought we did enough going forward. I don't know if our quality in the final third was probably where it should be, but to be fair I don't blame the players for that. I think the players have worked hard, I think they've struggled to play two games in four days - but we've got there.

"If you keep conceding goals you aren't going to get anywhere. We've limited two teams - admittedly one team at the bottom of the league - to very few chances in two home games in four days. We're going to have to get ourselves out of this bit by bit and building on two clean sheets is a positive."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 04 East (N'Gala - 80' )
  • 14 Painter
  • 31 Racon
  • 05 Devera
  • 06 Bradley
  • 35 Wallace
  • 13 Ertl (Connolly - 83' )
  • 23 Agyemang (Bird - 75' )
  • 08 Padovani
  • 11 Holmes

Substitutes

  • 03 N'Gala
  • 09 Connolly
  • 18 Bird
  • 21 Harris
  • 25 Sullivan
  • 30 Maloney
  • 36 Whatmough

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 Amankwaah
  • 03 Widdowson
  • 12 Tozer
  • 18 Reid
  • 06 Collins
  • 19 Emerton (Demontagnac - 82' )
  • 17 Deegan
  • 33 Norris (Moyo - 34' )
  • 26 Harriott
  • 11 Hackett

Substitutes

  • 07 Demontagnac
  • 16 Hooper
  • 20 Moyo
  • 23 Heath
  • 24 Toney
  • 28 Roberts
  • 31 Heath
Ref: Gavin Ward
Att: 15,426

Match Stats

Shots

7 7

On target

2 3

Corners

8 7

Fouls

8 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Portsmouth 0, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +3:52 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +1:00

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

90:00 +0:58

Foul by Ishmel Demontagnac (Northampton Town).

88:28

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.

85:19

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lee Collins.

84:33

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Paul Reid.

82:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. David Connolly replaces Johannes Ertl.

81:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Ishmel Demontagnac replaces Danny Emerton.

81:30

Foul by Matthew Harriott (Northampton Town).

81:30

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Bondz N'Gala replaces Danny East because of an injury.

75:49

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

74:46

Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:46

Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).

74:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Ryan Bird replaces Patrick Agyemang.

71:46

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Danny Emerton.

70:05

Attempt missed. Joe Devera (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

69:23

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by David Moyo.

68:21

Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).

68:21

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

67:57

Attempt saved. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

67:12

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

66:23

Attempt missed. David Moyo (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

65:04

Attempt missed. Romain Padovani (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

64:26

Attempt saved. Therry Racon (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:03

Attempt saved. Matthew Harriott (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

57:16

Attempt saved. Lee Collins (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

56:52

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

51:01

Hand ball by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

48:42

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joe Devera.

45:48

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

45:00

Second Half begins Portsmouth 0, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +3:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 +3:07

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

45:00 +2:51

Attempt saved. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +1:49

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:49

Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).

43:11

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.

40:52

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

33:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. David Moyo replaces Luke Norris because of an injury.

28:20

Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:20

Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).

27:01

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

24:03

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:03

Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).

22:10

Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) hits the bar with a with an attempt from very close range.

20:51

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joe Devera.

20:03

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

20:03

Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:22

Danny East (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:22

Foul by Luke Norris (Northampton Town).

16:50

Attempt missed. Romain Padovani (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

16:10

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

13:26

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

12:32

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

12:32

Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:18

Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).

11:18

Paul Reid (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:42

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

8:30

Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

6:44

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

6:44

Kevin Amankwaah (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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