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Portsmouth 3-2 Bristol Rovers

Portsmouth moved closer to safety with a crucial win against struggling Bristol Rovers.

Adam Webster put Pompey ahead with a low shot, before Rovers replied through Matt Harrold's deflected effort.

Pompey were in front again before half-time, Danny Hollands' deflection wrong-footing Steve Mildenhall, but Rovers equalised instantly through Harrold's second, a header from six yards.

Wes Fogden snatched a winner on 70 minutes with his close-range strike.

Bristol Rovers, who are just one place above the League Two relegation zone, travel to third-placed Rochdale on Monday night.

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

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Post-match: Pompey caretaker Awford

"That was probably our biggest test since I came in. Fair play to Bristol Rovers, they gave us one heck of a game.

"I asked the lads at half time to show some character. I said 'this is the biggest test that we've had, can you go and stand up to it and be counted?'

"And boy did they - they were absolutely magnificent. I have total respect for the players, they were absolutely superb today."

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers' Clarke

"I asked the players to put a bit of pride back in the shirt and I think they did.

"We were a little bit unlucky with the injuries. It changed the complexion a bit.

"We were disappointed with the goals we conceded but we got our pride back after last week's woeful performance.

"It was about getting the fans back onside. We wanted to win the match but it wasn't to be."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 22Webster
  • 17Shorey
  • 33McCabeBooked at 42minsSubstituted forErtlat 78'minutes
  • 3N'GalaBooked at 88mins
  • 36WhatmoughBooked at 59mins
  • 35Wallace
  • 29Hollands
  • 20TaylorSubstituted forAgyemangat 87'minutes
  • 28DrennanSubstituted forFogdenat 55'minutes
  • 11Holmes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 5Devera
  • 6Bradley
  • 13Ertl
  • 15Alfei
  • 19Fogden
  • 23Agyemang

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 4WoodardsBooked at 8minsSubstituted forClucasat 24'minutes
  • 14BrownBooked at 45mins
  • 24O Clarke
  • 29McChrystal
  • 6ParkesBooked at 52minsSubstituted forGillespieat 80'minutes
  • 2SmithSubstituted forBroghammerat 28'minutes
  • 30Lockyer
  • 9Harrold
  • 7Clarkson
  • 39Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 8Gillespie
  • 11Broghammer
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 32O'Toole
  • 33Santos
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
17,998

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away9
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 2.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Seanan Clucas.
Attempt missed. Steve Mildenhall (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a set piece situation.
Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).
Steven Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Adam Webster.
Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).
Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces Ryan Taylor.
Attempt missed. Fabian Broghammer (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Steven Gillespie replaces Tom Parkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Rhys McCabe.
Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.
Attempt missed. Fabian Broghammer (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt missed. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.
Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 2. Wes Fogden (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Taylor.
Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Fabian Broghammer.
Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).
Delay in match Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) because of an injury.
Foul by Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth).
Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).
David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).
Delay in match Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Wes Fogden replaces Michael Drennan.
Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Booking

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).
Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).
Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

Booking

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Parkes.
Attempt missed. Michael Drennan (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers).

Booking

Rhys McCabe (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).
(Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Bristol Rovers 2. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Brown.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Bristol Rovers 1. Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.
goal

As It Stood

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1Scunthorpe43192042577
2Chesterfield43201582775
3Rochdale43229121975
4Fleetwood43219131472
5Burton43191410871
6Southend431714121565
7York43161611964
8Oxford Utd43161413762
9Plymouth43161017-658
10Bury43131812957
11Dag & Red43141514-357
12Mansfield43141514-657
13Newport43131515-354
14Portsmouth43131515-1154
15Wimbledon43131416-553
16Cheltenham43121615-952
17Accrington43121516-351
18Morecambe43121417-1450
19Hartlepool43131020-549
20Exeter43121318-649
21Wycombe43111418-947
22Bristol Rovers43111418-1047
23Northampton43111418-1947
24Torquay4310924-2439
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