Struggling Portsmouth ground out their first home win since Boxing Day with a narrow victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Ryan Taylor scored the only goal as he bravely met Daniel Alfei's right-wing cross to loop a header into the net.

The Dons had seen a penalty appeal waved away after two minutes when Danny Hylton appeared to be tripped in the box, but a free-kick was given instead.

Alan Bennett's point-blank header was also saved and Luke Moore's shot cleared off the line as Pompey held on.

VIEWS FROM THE CHANGING ROOM

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

"We were lucky to get the game on. The pitch is obviously a real mess now and the rain throughout the second half didn't help it.

"I don't think those conditions are ever going to lend themselves to an entertaining game, but the most important things we showed were the right desire and mentality to see it through."

On Jake Jervis and Ryan Taylor:

"We haven't really had an opportunity to work on them; they are not really combining as a pair properly yet. Once we get that then they could be a real handful. They tick a lot of boxes. They've definitely the youthful enthusiasm."

AFC Wimbledon boss Neil Ardley told BBC London:

"I thought we were the better team for most of the game and we seemed comfortable. We defended really well, but credit to them, they made some crucial blocks and it didn't fall for us today but I know we were the better team.

"Ultimately we lost the game because five minutes after I gave them a half-time team talk about what the only threat would be, they did exactly that by not getting out of our penalty box.

"I thought we controlled the game and they were not a threat despite being the home team, but credit to them and we have to take that bitter pill and deal with it."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 15 Alfei
  • 14 Painter Booked
  • 31 Racon
  • 06 Bradley
  • 26 Chorley
  • 35 Wallace (Barcham - 85' )
  • 17 Shorey
  • 32 Jervis
  • 20 Taylor (Agyemang - 59' )
  • 11 Holmes (Fogden - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 03 N'Gala
  • 07 Barcham
  • 08 Padovani
  • 19 Fogden
  • 21 Harris
  • 23 Agyemang

AFC Wimbledon

  • 01 Worner
  • 15 Fenlon (Arthur - 72' )
  • 27 Morris
  • 14 Antwi
  • 06 Bennett
  • 28 Jones
  • 07 Francomb (Sainte-Luce - 72' )
  • 08 Moore
  • 09 Hylton (Midson - 72' )
  • 26 Wyke
  • 11 Moore

Substitutes

  • 10 Midson
  • 12 Pell
  • 16 Sainte-Luce
  • 19 Arthur
  • 22 Brown
  • 34 Oakley
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 15,742

Match Stats

Shots

3 4

On target

2 2

Corners

5 8

Fouls

6 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Portsmouth 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

90:00 +1:29

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Wes Fogden.

90:00 +0:59 Booking

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

90:00 +0:46

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jake Jervis.

90:00 +0:11

Foul by Andy Barcham (Portsmouth).

90:00 +0:11

Kevin Sainte-Luce (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:03

Attempt missed. Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

86:31

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

85:46

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

84:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Andy Barcham replaces Jed Wallace.

82:00

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

81:57

Foul by Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon).

78:54

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Chris Arthur.

73:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Wes Fogden replaces Ricky Holmes.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Kevin Sainte-Luce replaces George Francomb.

71:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Chris Arthur replaces Jim Fenlon.

71:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jack Midson replaces Danny Hylton.

70:09

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jed Wallace.

69:39

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

69:39

Luke Moore (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:19

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

63:58

Attempt saved. Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

62:41

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

62:22

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Therry Racon.

61:07

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

61:07

Foul by Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon).

58:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces Ryan Taylor because of an injury.

52:51

Hand ball by Luke Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

51:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Portsmouth 1, AFC Wimbledon 0. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Alfei with a cross.

50:10

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Will Antwi.

45:00

Second Half begins Portsmouth 0, AFC Wimbledon 0.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Portsmouth 0, AFC Wimbledon 0.

36:30

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

36:30

Jim Fenlon (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:23

Foul by Ben Chorley (Portsmouth).

32:23

Charlie Wyke (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:42

Attempt missed. Therry Racon (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

31:08

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jim Fenlon.

27:06

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Darren Jones.

26:36

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jim Fenlon.

26:08

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

21:14

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

21:14

Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:04

Foul by Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

20:04

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

19:07

Foul by Danny Hylton (AFC Wimbledon).

19:07

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

6:28

Attempt saved. Danny Hylton (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

3:44

Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

2:00

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

1:49

Foul by Marcos Painter (Portsmouth).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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