Ryan Taylor's second-half penalty saw Portsmouth earn a vital victory over fellow League Two strugglers Wycombe.

Pompey were indebted to keeper Trevor Carson, who twice brilliantly denied Matt McClure either side of a save from Reece Styche's close-range effort.

Shortly after the restart, Wes Fogden was tripped by Gary Doherty in the box and Taylor converted the spot kick.

Wycombe pressed for a leveller with Fogden clearing off the line while Doherty had a late goal disallowed.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I know people are going to get sick of me saying that we've performed superbly, but I thought tonight we were really, really good.

"The only thing we didn't do was stick it into the back of the net.

"Portsmouth had one shot on target and that was their penalty, It was the softest penaslty I've ever seen.

"Not one Portsmouth player appealed for that penalty. But if we keep playing like that we'll be fine."

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

"Another clean sheet and obviously an important three points.

"A little bit of luck (was key to the win). We've not had any since I came but I think at times you buy your own luck and you earn your own luck and the ability to throw themselves in the way and defend the way the did.

"The penalty - was it? I don't know - but again we've not had a great deal of luck so we've had a bit of that but I think they've made it themselves.

On keeper Trevor Carson: "He pulled off one very good save and he was safe for us, he's certainly put himself back into the fact that he plays a part in what we're doing."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Wycombe Wanderers

  • 01 Ingram
  • 02 McCoy
  • 28 Mustoe
  • 04 Scowen Booked
  • 06 Johnson
  • 30 Doherty
  • 23 Arnold (Bloomfield - 67' )
  • 08 Lewis
  • 27 Styche
  • 29 McClure Booked
  • 11 Wood (Jeffrey - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Stewart
  • 10 Bloomfield
  • 13 Horlock
  • 15 Jeffrey
  • 18 Kuffour
  • 19 Hause
  • 22 Kretzschmar

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 15 Alfei
  • 14 Painter
  • 08 Padovani
  • 05 Devera
  • 26 Chorley
  • 07 Barcham (Ertl - 90' Booked )
  • 19 Fogden (Holmes - 79' )
  • 32 Jervis (Agyemang - 87' )
  • 20 Taylor
  • 17 Shorey Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 06 Bradley
  • 11 Holmes
  • 13 Ertl
  • 23 Agyemang
  • 31 Racon
  • 35 Wallace
Ref: Charles Breakspear
Att: 3,733

Match Stats

Shots

7 3

On target

4 1

Corners

10 2

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +5:39 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Portsmouth 1.

90:00 +5:00

Gary Doherty (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +4:59

Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).

90:00 +3:12 Booking

Booking Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:38

Foul by Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers).

90:00 +2:38

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

90:00 +1:31 Booking

Booking Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:23

Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:23

Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).

89:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Andy Barcham.

86:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces Jake Jervis.

85:35

Foul by Anthony Jeffrey (Wycombe Wanderers).

85:35

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

83:35

Marvin McCoy (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:35

Foul by Jake Jervis (Portsmouth).

82:23

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

78:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Ricky Holmes replaces Wes Fogden.

77:27 Booking

Booking Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

77:20

Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:20

Foul by Marcos Painter (Portsmouth).

76:23

Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:23

Foul by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

73:42

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Wes Fogden.

69:18

Reece Styche (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:18

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth).

67:00 Booking

Booking Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

66:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Matt Bloomfield replaces Nick Arnold.

65:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Anthony Jeffrey replaces Sam Wood.

65:13

Attempt missed. Gary Doherty (Wycombe Wanderers) header from very close range misses to the left following a corner.

64:55

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

63:45

Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:45

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

58:39

Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:39

Foul by Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers).

55:24

Jake Jervis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:24

Foul by Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers).

55:01

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

54:31

Attempt saved. Nick Arnold (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

53:42

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

53:42

Reece Styche (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:10

Attempt saved. Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:40

Foul by Ben Chorley (Portsmouth).

52:40

Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:48

Attempt missed. Jake Jervis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

49:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 0, Portsmouth 1. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

49:04

Penalty Portsmouth. Wes Fogden draws a foul in the penalty area.

49:04

Penalty conceded by Gary Doherty (Wycombe Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

45:00

Second Half begins Wycombe Wanderers 0, Portsmouth 0.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 0, Portsmouth 0.

43:51

Foul by Gary Doherty (Wycombe Wanderers).

43:51

Jake Jervis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:22

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Romain Padovani.

40:45

Attempt blocked. Jake Jervis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:00

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

39:58

Foul by Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers).

39:22

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Marvin McCoy.

38:49

Foul by Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers).

38:49

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

36:12

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Gary Doherty.

35:11

Attempt missed. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

34:17

Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:17

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

32:35

Foul by Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers).

32:35

Jake Jervis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:36

Attempt saved. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

30:44

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

30:17

Attempt saved. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

28:57

Foul by Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers).

28:57

Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:15

Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:15

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

19:42

Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

19:42

Foul by Marcos Painter (Portsmouth).

17:00

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

14:24

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

13:48

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Joe Devera.

9:32

Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:32

Foul by Jake Jervis (Portsmouth).

8:59

Attempt missed. Reece Styche (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

8:13

Foul by Nick Arnold (Wycombe Wanderers).

8:13

Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:36

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

2:10

Foul by Marvin McCoy (Wycombe Wanderers).

2:10

Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) 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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