Portsmouth eased their relegation fears with a narrow victory over Hartlepool.

A second-minute goal from right-back Adam Webster was enough for victory as he tapped into an unguarded net.

Webster latched onto a loose ball after Pools keeper Andy Rafferty had saved Ryan Taylor's header from a free-kick.

Pompey could have extended their lead a minute later but Rafferty saved Taylor's penalty after Wes Fogden was tripped by Christian Burgess and Ricky Holmes fired over the rebound.

Danny Hollands almost gave Portsmouth a 2-0 lead before the break but his strike was deflected for a corner after an impressive solo run.

Luke James forced Trevor Carson into a save after the break, with the Pompey keeper getting down well to deny Hartlepool's leading goalscorer.

Portsmouth remain five points clear of the League Two drop zone, while Hartlepool are now six points ahead of the bottom two.

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

Post-match: Pompey caretaker Awford

"We're delighted with the three points obviously. It's big for us to get back-to-back victories; we haven't done that for a long time here.

"The boys were terrific and the fans played their part as well. I asked for it and I got it and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

"That was everything that I wanted and the fans have played their part today and also they've made it very difficult for Hartlepool. I asked it to be unbearable for them and the first 10 minutes it was.

"I think a lot of Adam Webster. He's been on loan at Aldershot and I just felt it was the right person to play in that position today."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 22 Webster
  • 17 Shorey
  • 29 Hollands
  • 03 N'Gala
  • 36 Whatmough
  • 35 Wallace
  • 16 Ferry (McCabe - 69' )
  • 20 Taylor
  • 19 Fogden (Ertl - 86' )
  • 11 Holmes (Drennan - 93' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 05 Devera
  • 06 Bradley
  • 13 Ertl
  • 28 Drennan
  • 32 Jervis
  • 33 McCabe

Hartlepool United

  • 13 Rafferty
  • 21 Duckworth
  • 22 Holden
  • 38 Walker
  • 35 Burgess (Harrison - 79' )
  • 05 Collins
  • 12 Barmby (Franks - 65' )
  • 08 Walton
  • 33 James
  • 10 Poole
  • 14 Compton (Hawkins - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Franks
  • 16 Rowbotham
  • 19 Richards
  • 20 Jones
  • 24 Harrison
  • 26 Oliver
  • 28 Hawkins
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 15,273

Match Stats

Shots

6 1

On target

3 0

Corners

3 5

Fouls

16 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +7:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

90:00 +6:24

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

90:00 +3:53

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

90:00 +2:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Michael Drennan replaces Ricky Holmes.

89:41

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

89:41

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:03

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

88:03

Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

85:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Wes Fogden.

80:11

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

80:11

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

78:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Harrison replaces Christian Burgess because of an injury.

71:27

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Andy Rafferty.

71:14

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

68:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Rhys McCabe replaces Simon Ferry.

66:01

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

66:01

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

65:16

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

65:16

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Jack Barmby.

58:13

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

58:13

Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

57:38

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

57:38

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

56:47

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

55:44

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

55:44

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:03

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

51:03

Darren Holden (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:32

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

49:32

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:48

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

46:48

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:50

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

45:29

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

45:29

Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).

45:00

Second Half begins Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Jack Compton.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

44:19

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

43:56

Foul by Simon Ferry (Portsmouth).

43:56

Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:35

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Sam Collins.

42:20

Attempt blocked. Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

40:16

Hand ball by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

39:29

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

34:32

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

33:39

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

33:39

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:07

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

33:07

Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:17

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

30:17

Darren Holden (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:12

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

25:12

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:23

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

24:23

Foul by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United).

21:46

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:46

Foul by Darren Holden (Hartlepool United).

21:00

Darren Holden (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:59

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

15:48

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

15:48

Darren Holden (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:17

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Sam Collins.

8:50

Hand ball by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

8:15

Attempt missed. Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

7:37

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

7:37

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:33

Penalty saved! Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

3:10

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

3:10

Penalty conceded by Christian Burgess (Hartlepool United) after a foul in the penalty area.

1:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0. Adam Webster (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Taylor with a cross.

1:00

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

0:58

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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