League Two
Portsmouth1Bury0

Portsmouth 1-0 Bury

Bondz N'Gala's early header gave Portsmouth a narrow win over managerless Bury.

The giant centre-back rose highest to guide Ricky Holmes' corner into the net for his third goal of the season.

Bury, who sacked Kevin Blackwell on Monday, were the better side after the break, but Shaun Harrad's header was kept out by Phil Smith's fine save.

Danny Hylton and Anton Forrester both missed good chances for Bury before Jed Wallace hit the post for Portsmouth.

The defeat meant the Shakers, currently being led by caretaker boss Ronnie Jepson, are without a win in eight games and sit just above the relegation zone on goal difference.

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Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

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Post-match: Pompey boss Whittingham

"It's one of those victories that you don't want but you'll take.

"I don't think there were many players who actually could say we had a good game on the ball, but we worked hard, we defended well and we've ultimately won the game.

"Teams often lift their game when a manager's gone, either to play for him or they're happy to see him go, and so either way there was going to be a reaction.

"There was certainly a reaction from Bury; they were on top of us, they were lively, they were doing everything apart from scoring."

Bury caretaker manager Ronnie Jepson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"How we didn't get something out of the game, I'll never know.

"We were on the front foot from the off and you saw the sigh of relief from their staff afterwards. Guy Whittingham was almost a bit apologetic.

"This is a great place to come and they've got a good crowd behind them. Our boys showed fantastic spirit and it's just not dropping at this moment in time."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moutaouakil
  • 5Devera
  • 31RaconBooked at 73minsSubstituted forMahonat 82'minutes
  • 3N'GalaBooked at 29mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 35Wallace
  • 13Ertl
  • 32MarquisBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBirdat 71'minutes
  • 23AgyemangSubstituted forBarchamat 82'minutes
  • 11HolmesBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 7Barcham
  • 8Padovani
  • 15Mahon
  • 18Bird
  • 20Cooper
  • 25Sullivan
  • 36Whatmough

Bury

  • 21Jensen
  • 2Beeley
  • 28Mustoe
  • 6ProctorBooked at 74mins
  • 5Cameron
  • 25Edjenguele
  • 12Sedgwick
  • 8MillerSubstituted forMayorat 78'minutes
  • 24Hylton
  • 14HarradSubstituted forForresterat 78'minutes
  • 19Soares

Substitutes

  • 4Hinds
  • 9Forrester
  • 11Holden
  • 15Mayor
  • 16Rooney
  • 30Charles-Cook
  • 31Walker
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
15,434

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamBury
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home3
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Bury 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Bury 0.
Attempt missed. Jordan Mustoe (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt missed. Danny Mayor (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Corner, Bury. Conceded by Phil Smith.
Corner, Bury. Conceded by Joe Devera.
Attempt missed. Shaun Beeley (Bury) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Anton Forrester (Bury).
Attempt missed. Anton Forrester (Bury) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Andy Barcham replaces Patrick Agyemang.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gavin Mahon replaces Therry Racon.
Attempt missed. William Edjenguele (Bury) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Danny Hylton (Bury).

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Anton Forrester replaces Shaun Harrad.

Substitution

Substitution, Bury. Danny Mayor replaces Tommy Miller.

Booking

Andrew Proctor (Bury) is shown the yellow card.
Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andrew Proctor (Bury).

Booking

Therry Racon (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Therry Racon (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathan Cameron (Bury).
Corner, Bury. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ryan Bird replaces John Marquis.
Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).
Tommy Miller (Bury) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Therry Racon (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathan Cameron (Bury).

Booking

John Marquis (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by John Marquis (Portsmouth).
Nathan Cameron (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by William Edjenguele.
Attempt saved. Danny Hylton (Bury) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nathan Cameron (Bury).
Joe Devera (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Sedgwick (Bury).
Yassin Moutaouakil (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Soares (Bury).
Attempt saved. Shaun Harrad (Bury) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Bury. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.
Attempt missed. Jordan Mustoe (Bury) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Foul by Yassin Moutaouakil (Portsmouth).
Danny Hylton (Bury) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
John Marquis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by William Edjenguele (Bury).

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 1, Bury 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Bury 0.

Booking

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).
Shaun Beeley (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).
Tommy Miller (Bury) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Tom Soares (Bury) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Bury. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.
Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).
Danny Hylton (Bury) wins a free kick on the right wing.
goal

As It Stood

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2Rochdale12723623
3Exeter12723523
4Oxford Utd12642922
5Fleetwood12714622
6Morecambe12642522
7Wycombe12624420
8Mansfield12552420
9Southend12624420
10Newport12543419
11Wimbledon12534118
12Burton12534018
13Scunthorpe11452117
14Dag & Red12453017
15Portsmouth12444016
16Hartlepool12435015
17Cheltenham12336-912
18York11326-411
19Plymouth12327-711
20Bristol Rovers12246-610
21Torquay12246-810
22Bury12237-39
23Northampton12237-79
24Accrington12048-124
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