League Two
Hartlepool0Portsmouth2

Hartlepool United 0-2 Portsmouth

Conor Chaplin
Portsmouth midfielder Conor Chaplin has scored 11 goals this season

Portsmouth beat Hartlepool but results elsewhere ended any hope of securing automatic promotion from League Two.

Wins for Accrington, Oxford and Bristol Rovers meant Pompey will have to settle for a play-off spot, which they sealed with Tuesday's win at Wimbledon.

Kal Naismith gave the visitors the lead after the break with a close-range finish from Gareth Evans' tee up.

Conor Chaplin secured three points for Portsmouth late on with a low finish past Pools goalkeeper Trevor Carson.

Portsmouth recorded a third successive victory and moved up a place to fifth in the League Two table, while Hartlepool remain 16th as they slipped to a second home defeat in a row.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 2Magnay
  • 6BatesSubstituted forJonesat 50'minutes
  • 26Jackson
  • 20JonesBooked at 24mins
  • 16Featherstone
  • 18Hawkins
  • 14WoodsSubstituted forGrayat 76'minutes
  • 7Thomas
  • 10PaynterSubstituted forOatesat 68'minutes
  • 33James

Substitutes

  • 8Walker
  • 9Bingham
  • 13Bartlett
  • 15Oates
  • 19Richards
  • 29Jones
  • 30Gray

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 3Stevens
  • 6BurgessSubstituted forWhatmoughat 89'minutes
  • 15Barton
  • 17FreemanBooked at 36mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 29Hollands
  • 14NaismithSubstituted forMcGurkat 64'minutes
  • 11Roberts
  • 26Evans
  • 21SmithSubstituted forChaplinat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 7McGurk
  • 16Whatmough
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 33Close
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
5,046

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home3
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 2.

Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jack Whatmough replaces Christian Burgess.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 2. Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Rob Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jake Gray replaces Michael Woods.

Attempt missed. Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United) header from very close range is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Michael Smith.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lewis Hawkins.

Attempt saved. Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rhys Oates replaces Billy Paynter.

Attempt missed. Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Adam McGurk replaces Kal Naismith.

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

Attempt saved. Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 1. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gareth Evans.

Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

Kieron Freeman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Billy Paynter (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kieron Freeman (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rob Jones replaces Matthew Bates because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Matthew Bates (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Portsmouth).

Second Half

Second Half begins Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 0.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Barton.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Booking

Kieron Freeman (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton452812580453596
2Accrington452412974482684
3Oxford Utd452314881414083
4Bristol Rovers452571375453082
5Portsmouth452115974423278
6Plymouth452391367462178
7Wimbledon4520121363501372
8Cambridge4518131466551167
9Leyton Orient451812155961-266
10Wycombe451713154541464
11Exeter451713156261164
12Carlisle451616136262064
13Mansfield451712166153863
14Luton45189185960-163
15Barnet451611186468-459
16Hartlepool45156244967-1851
17Notts County45149225478-2451
18Yeovil451115194358-1548
19Stevenage451114205267-1547
20Crawley45138244575-3047
21Morecambe45129246890-2245
22Newport451013224363-2043
23Dag & Red45810274579-3434
24York45712265086-3633
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