Craig Westcarr scored his first Portsmouth goal to help the hosts maintain their unbeaten start to the season by beating Northampton Town.

Jed Wallace met a Nicky Shorey cut-back to put Pompey ahead before Westcarr raced onto a Nigel Atangana pass to clip home a second before the break.

The Cobblers struggled to respond, with John-Joe O'Toole managing their only effort on goal on 70 minutes.

Atangana went close to adding a third, curling a shot on to the post late on.

Victory extends Pompey's unbeaten run under boss Andy Awford to 11 matches since he took charge at Fratton Park in March, while defeat is Northampton's first of the campaign.

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

Wilder on Portsmouth v Northampton

"We were deservedly beaten today. For 20 or 25 minutes we were pretty comfortable.

"Portsmouth are on a great run from last year. They've strengthened their squad, they're leaving players out of their 18 that are established League Two and above players.

"We lost Ian Morris on Monday in training. I don't know if that affected the team because it was a real bad moment - we had to abandon training.

"But we've been beaten by a side I full expect to be challenging for the title."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Portsmouth

  • 01 Jones
  • 05 Devera
  • 17 Shorey
  • 25 Atangana
  • 16 Robinson
  • 06 Chorley
  • 11 Holmes (Hollands - 71' )
  • 21 Dunne
  • 09 Taylor (Butler - 91' )
  • 08 Wallace
  • 20 Westcarr (Storey - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Whatmough
  • 07 Barcham
  • 14 Storey
  • 24 Awford
  • 27 Brezovan
  • 29 Hollands
  • 34 Butler

Northampton Town

  • 01 Duke
  • 02 Alfei (Moyo - 86' )
  • 17 Robertson
  • 10 O'Toole
  • 16 Diamond
  • 06 Collins
  • 23 Mohamed (Hackett - 64' )
  • 18 Ravenhill Booked
  • 09 Richards
  • 24 Toney Booked
  • 03 Horwood (D'Ath - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Sinclair
  • 11 Hackett
  • 12 Tozer
  • 14 Nicholls
  • 19 D'Ath
  • 20 Moyo
  • 21 Archer
Ref: Gavin Ward
Att: 15,004

Match Stats

Shots

8 10

On target

3 1

Corners

6 4

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +3:41 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Northampton Town 0.

90:00 +3:15

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

90:00 +3:15

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

90:00 +0:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Dan Butler replaces Ryan Taylor.

86:21

Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:09

Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:09

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth).

85:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. David Moyo replaces Daniel Alfei.

85:05

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Portsmouth) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

84:06

Foul by James Dunne (Portsmouth).

84:06

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:23

Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

76:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Miles Storey replaces Craig Westcarr.

70:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Danny Hollands replaces Ricky Holmes.

70:35

Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

70:35

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

69:28

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

66:05

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

66:05

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

63:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Chris Hackett replaces Kaid Mohamed.

63:06

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

61:19

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Nigel Atangana.

60:51

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

58:32 Booking

Booking Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

58:16

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

58:16

Foul by Ivan Toney (Northampton Town).

57:38

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

57:18

Attempt blocked. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

56:52

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth).

56:52

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:36

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

54:22

Attempt missed. Lawson D'Ath (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

53:52

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Gregor Robertson.

53:29

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lee Collins.

53:06

Attempt blocked. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

51:56 Booking

Booking Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card.

51:48

Hand ball by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

49:50

Foul by Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town).

49:50

Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:18

Attempt missed. Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Portsmouth 2, Northampton Town 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Northampton Town. Lawson D'Ath replaces Evan Horwood.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Northampton Town 0.

44:49

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

44:49

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

41:23

Daniel Alfei (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:23

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

40:32

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

39:30

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

38:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Portsmouth 2, Northampton Town 0. Craig Westcarr (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nigel Atangana.

31:35

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Duke.

31:08

Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

30:22

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joe Devera.

25:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Portsmouth 1, Northampton Town 0. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

22:09

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:09

Foul by Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth).

21:51

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

17:26

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

16:05

Foul by James Dunne (Portsmouth).

16:05

Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:16

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

12:14

Attempt blocked. James Dunne (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:08

Attempt missed. Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

6:22

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

6:22

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Northampton Town).

3:31

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

1:44

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).

1:44

Gregor Robertson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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