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Portsmouth 0-0 Northampton Town

Andy King earned his first point as Northampton's caretaker boss in a goalless draw with Portsmouth.

Pompey started the brighter, with Jed Wallace's 25-yard effort catching goalkeeper Matt Duke by surprise and bouncing off the top of the crossbar.

Duke was forced into his first serious save on 64 minutes, diving full-length to stop Therry Racon's long-range shot.

Northampton wanted a penalty when Sonny Bradley hauled down David Moyo, but referee Gavin Ward waved away claims.

Clive Platt, Mathias Doumbe, Ian Morris, Kelvin Langmead, Alex Nicholls and Lewis Hornby all remained sidelined for the Cobblers.

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Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

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Post-match: Portsmouth boss Barker

"I'm not particularly satisfied. There are positives. Two clean sheets in a row, which I don't think has been done this year. Two games unbeaten, four points from two games in four days and some positive performances from some individuals.

"It wasn't great but we've hit the crossbar, missed a couple of chances, and were by far the better team - so there are positives.

"I thought we did enough going forward. I don't know if our quality in the final third was probably where it should be, but to be fair I don't blame the players for that. I think the players have worked hard, I think they've struggled to play two games in four days - but we've got there.

"If you keep conceding goals you aren't going to get anywhere. We've limited two teams - admittedly one team at the bottom of the league - to very few chances in two home games in four days. We're going to have to get ourselves out of this bit by bit and building on two clean sheets is a positive."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 4EastSubstituted forN'Galaat 80'minutes
  • 14Painter
  • 31Racon
  • 5Devera
  • 6Bradley
  • 35Wallace
  • 13ErtlSubstituted forConnollyat 83'minutes
  • 23AgyemangSubstituted forBirdat 75'minutes
  • 8Padovani
  • 11Holmes

Substitutes

  • 3N'Gala
  • 9Connolly
  • 18Bird
  • 21Harris
  • 25Sullivan
  • 30Maloney
  • 36Whatmough

Northampton

  • 1Duke
  • 2Amankwaah
  • 3Widdowson
  • 12Tozer
  • 18Reid
  • 6Collins
  • 19EmertonSubstituted forDemontagnacat 82'minutes
  • 17Deegan
  • 33NorrisSubstituted forMoyoat 34'minutes
  • 26Harriott
  • 11Hackett

Substitutes

  • 7Demontagnac
  • 16Hooper
  • 20Moyo
  • 23Heath
  • 24Toney
  • 28Roberts
  • 31Heath
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
15,426

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 0, Northampton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Northampton Town 0.
Joe Devera (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ishmel Demontagnac (Northampton Town).
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lee Collins.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Paul Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. David Connolly replaces Johannes Ertl.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Ishmel Demontagnac replaces Danny Emerton.
Foul by Matthew Harriott (Northampton Town).
Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Bondz N'Gala replaces Danny East because of an injury.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.
Gary Deegan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ryan Bird replaces Patrick Agyemang.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Danny Emerton.
Attempt missed. Joe Devera (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by David Moyo.
Foul by Paul Reid (Northampton Town).
Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.
Attempt missed. David Moyo (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. Romain Padovani (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Therry Racon (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Matthew Harriott (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Lee Collins (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Marcos Painter.
Hand ball by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joe Devera.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 0, Northampton Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Northampton Town 0.
Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt saved. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Kevin Amankwaah.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. David Moyo replaces Luke Norris because of an injury.
Lee Collins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.
Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Gary Deegan (Northampton Town).
Ben Tozer (Northampton Town) hits the bar with a with an attempt from very close range.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Joe Devera.
Foul by Johannes Ertl (Portsmouth).
Luke Norris (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Danny East (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Luke Norris (Northampton Town).
Attempt missed. Romain Padovani (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Marcos Painter.
Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).
Joe Widdowson (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).
Paul Reid (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.
Attempt missed. Chris Hackett (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield2311841441
2Scunthorpe231184941
3Burton231256541
4Rochdale231247740
5Oxford Utd2310851338
6Southend231157838
7Newport221075837
8Fleetwood221129635
9Morecambe241059-335
10Cheltenham24897-233
11Exeter23959-132
12Dag & Red23878231
13Hartlepool23878231
14Plymouth23869-530
15Wimbledon22778-228
16Wycombe22769027
17Portsmouth23689-826
18Accrington236710-625
19Mansfield236710-825
20Bury23599-324
21Bristol Rovers235810-523
22York234109-522
23Torquay235711-1322
24Northampton234712-1319
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