FA Cup - First Round
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Stevenage 2-1 Portsmouth

Francois Zoko scored twice as Stevenage beat Portsmouth to book their place in the second round of the FA Cup.

The Ivorian stabbed home from close range early on after a series of errors and doubled his tally by firing a pacey shot past Trevor Carson.

Pompey's Gavin Mahon was sent off for elbowing Filipe Morais before David Connolly's 71st minute tap-in gave the vocal visiting fans hope.

Joe Devera and Danny East both had late chances to level but Stevenage held on.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Guy Whittingham

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Post-match: Pompey boss Whittingham

Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

"We're out of the FA Cup and that's very disappointing having been far the better side. I think everybody here would say that.

"We suffered to a couple of clinical finishes that they had in the first half and that's what you've got when you go a step up into a league above, but I think over the whole game we've created far more.

"I'm extremely proud (of the players). I think the energy levels were fantastic. We kept going at them, we wouldn't let them rest. I think to come here and do that against a Stevenage side that have picked up of late and show the spirit that we've shown and the bravery shown on the ball, very proud of the performance altogether.

"They had two clinical finishes in the first half that cost us goals, but apart from that I thought we played the much better football."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 20Smith
  • 24Doughty
  • 14Heslop
  • 5Ashton
  • 6Jones
  • 7MoraisSubstituted forDeaconat 85'minutes
  • 15Freeman
  • 12ZokoSubstituted forBurrowat 90+2'minutes
  • 11Akins
  • 25AndradeSubstituted forTanseyat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 10Burrow
  • 13Parrett
  • 17Tansey
  • 21Tounkara
  • 34Deacon

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 2MoutaouakilBooked at 27minsSubstituted forEastat 45'minutes
  • 6Bradley
  • 13ErtlSubstituted forHolmesat 73'minutes
  • 3N'Gala
  • 5Devera
  • 7Barcham
  • 15MahonBooked at 48mins
  • 35WallaceBooked at 90mins
  • 23AgyemangSubstituted forConnollyat 45'minutes
  • 18Bird

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 4East
  • 9Connolly
  • 10Craddock
  • 11Holmes
  • 14Painter
  • 20Cooper
Referee:
Garry Sutton
Attendance:
2,829

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away12
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Portsmouth 1.

Attempt missed. Danny East (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jordan Burrow.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

Attempt blocked. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Simon Heslop.

Attempt blocked. David Connolly (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces Francois Zoko.

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

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

Booking

Greg Tansey (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Booking

Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Filipe Morais.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Danny East.

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

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

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Barcham (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ricky Holmes replaces Johannes Ertl.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Portsmouth 1. David Connolly (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Simon Heslop (Stevenage) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Greg Tansey replaces Bruno Andrade.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

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

Attempt missed. Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Luke Jones (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

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