Portsmouth 1-0 Hartlepool United

Portsmouth eased their relegation fears with a narrow victory over Hartlepool.

A second-minute goal from right-back Adam Webster was enough for victory as he tapped into an unguarded net.

Webster latched onto a loose ball after Pools keeper Andy Rafferty had saved Ryan Taylor's header from a free-kick.

Pompey could have extended their lead a minute later but Rafferty saved Taylor's penalty after Wes Fogden was tripped by Christian Burgess and Ricky Holmes fired over the rebound.

Danny Hollands almost gave Portsmouth a 2-0 lead before the break but his strike was deflected for a corner after an impressive solo run.

Luke James forced Trevor Carson into a save after the break, with the Pompey keeper getting down well to deny Hartlepool's leading goalscorer.

Portsmouth remain five points clear of the League Two drop zone, while Hartlepool are now six points ahead of the bottom two.

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

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Post-match: Pompey caretaker Awford

"We're delighted with the three points obviously. It's big for us to get back-to-back victories; we haven't done that for a long time here.

"The boys were terrific and the fans played their part as well. I asked for it and I got it and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

"That was everything that I wanted and the fans have played their part today and also they've made it very difficult for Hartlepool. I asked it to be unbearable for them and the first 10 minutes it was.

"I think a lot of Adam Webster. He's been on loan at Aldershot and I just felt it was the right person to play in that position today."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Rochdale41229102575
2Scunthorpe41191842575
3Chesterfield41191482671
4Fleetwood41208131368
5Burton4118149668
6Southend411614111362
7York41151511860
8Oxford Utd41151412659
9Plymouth40151015-155
10Dag & Red41131513-154
11Bury41121712553
12Mansfield41131414-953
13Cheltenham41121514-851
14Newport40121414-450
15Hartlepool41131018-149
16Accrington41121316-349
17Wimbledon41121316-649
18Morecambe41121217-1448
19Portsmouth41111515-1548
20Exeter41121118-647
21Bristol Rovers41111416-847
22Wycombe41111317-746
23Northampton41101318-2043
24Torquay419923-2436
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