Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 1.
Michael Smith's first Portsmouth goal helped put their League Two promotion bid back on track with a 3-1 win over Bristol Rovers at Fratton Park.
The Swindon loanee headed home just before half-time after Gareth Evans' earlier chip from close range.
Substitute Marc McNulty completed the win in the second half as Pompey jumped above Rovers into fifth.
Lee Brown scored a late free-kick for the visitors who drop out of the play-off places into eighth.
Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Solent:
"The result's obviously what we're looking for but the performance secondary is very pleasing.
"The manager, the lads, they wanted to give a performance full of energy, full of life and certainly the first half we got that.
"I think you've seen glimpses today of [Smith]. I've worked with him before, he's a very technically gifted player, he's a goal scorer. The more minutes he gets the better it is for Portsmouth FC."
- 11RobertsSubstituted forMcGurkat 74'minutes
- 23BennettSubstituted forChaplinat 86'minutes
- 21SmithSubstituted forMcNultyat 68'minutes
- 4LockyerBooked at 90mins
- 3BrownBooked at 39mins
- 16LawrenceSubstituted forLinesat 77'minutes
- 7MansellSubstituted forMontañoat 55'minutesBooked at 85mins
- 17EasterBooked at 25minsSubstituted forTaylorat 55'minutes
- 8O Clarke
- Trevor Kettle
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 1.
Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).
Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Doyle (Portsmouth).
Goal! Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 1. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.
Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).
Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Attempt saved. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).
Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Kyle Bennett.
Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Ben Close (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers).
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lee Brown.
Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.