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Portsmouth 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

Struggling Portsmouth ground out their first home win since Boxing Day with a narrow victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Ryan Taylor scored the only goal as he bravely met Daniel Alfei's right-wing cross to loop a header into the net.

The Dons had seen a penalty appeal waved away after two minutes when Danny Hylton appeared to be tripped in the box, but a free-kick was given instead.

Alan Bennett's point-blank header was also saved and Luke Moore's shot cleared off the line as Pompey held on.

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Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

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Post-match: Portsmouth boss Barker

"We were lucky to get the game on. The pitch is obviously a real mess now and the rain throughout the second half didn't help it.

"I don't think those conditions are ever going to lend themselves to an entertaining game, but the most important things we showed were the right desire and mentality to see it through."

On Jake Jervis and Ryan Taylor:

"We haven't really had an opportunity to work on them; they are not really combining as a pair properly yet. Once we get that then they could be a real handful. They tick a lot of boxes. They've definitely the youthful enthusiasm."

AFC Wimbledon boss Neil Ardley told BBC London:

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Post-match: Dons manager Ardley

"I thought we were the better team for most of the game and we seemed comfortable. We defended really well, but credit to them, they made some crucial blocks and it didn't fall for us today but I know we were the better team.

"Ultimately we lost the game because five minutes after I gave them a half-time team talk about what the only threat would be, they did exactly that by not getting out of our penalty box.

"I thought we controlled the game and they were not a threat despite being the home team, but credit to them and we have to take that bitter pill and deal with it."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 15Alfei
  • 14PainterBooked at 90mins
  • 31Racon
  • 6Bradley
  • 26Chorley
  • 35WallaceSubstituted forBarchamat 85'minutes
  • 17Shorey
  • 32Jervis
  • 20TaylorSubstituted forAgyemangat 59'minutes
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forFogdenat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 3N'Gala
  • 7Barcham
  • 8Padovani
  • 19Fogden
  • 21Harris
  • 23Agyemang

Wimbledon

  • 1Worner
  • 15FenlonSubstituted forArthurat 72'minutes
  • 27Morris
  • 14Antwi
  • 6Bennett
  • 28Jones
  • 7FrancombSubstituted forSainte-Luceat 72'minutes
  • 8Moore
  • 9HyltonSubstituted forMidsonat 72'minutes
  • 26Wyke
  • 11Moore

Substitutes

  • 10Midson
  • 12Pell
  • 16Sainte-Luce
  • 19Arthur
  • 22Brown
  • 34Oakley
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
15,742

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home3
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Wes Fogden.

Booking

Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jake Jervis.
Foul by Andy Barcham (Portsmouth).
Kevin Sainte-Luce (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ben Chorley.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Andy Barcham replaces Jed Wallace.
Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon).
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Chris Arthur.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Wes Fogden replaces Ricky Holmes.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Kevin Sainte-Luce replaces George Francomb.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Chris Arthur replaces Jim Fenlon.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jack Midson replaces Danny Hylton.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jed Wallace.
Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).
Luke Moore (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Trevor Carson.
Attempt saved. Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ben Chorley.
Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Therry Racon.
Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces Ryan Taylor because of an injury.
Hand ball by Luke Moore (AFC Wimbledon).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, AFC Wimbledon 0. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Alfei with a cross.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Will Antwi.

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 0, AFC Wimbledon 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 0, AFC Wimbledon 0.
Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).
Jim Fenlon (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ben Chorley (Portsmouth).
Charlie Wyke (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Therry Racon (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jim Fenlon.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Darren Jones.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield31161052358
2Scunthorpe31141341555
3Oxford Utd31141251954
4Rochdale3016591353
5Fleetwood30164101452
6Burton301497551
7Southend3013891047
8Hartlepool3111812041
9Dag & Red31101011-140
10Newport271098239
11York3291211139
12Plymouth3010911-839
13Exeter3010812-338
14Wimbledon3110813-538
15Morecambe3010812-638
16Cheltenham3081210-536
17Portsmouth3181211-836
18Mansfield3181112-1135
19Bristol Rovers3081012-434
20Accrington298912-733
21Bury2871110-332
22Wycombe3071013-631
23Torquay307815-1629
24Northampton306816-1926
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