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Portsmouth 1-2 Stevenage

Darren Sarll
Stevenage's Darren Sarll was the happier of the two managers at full-time

Steven Schumacher and Matt Godden earned Stevenage their fourth successive away win as they beat promotion-chasing Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Midfielder Schumacher notched his first League Two goal of the season and Godden doubled the lead as the visitors grabbed two goals in four second-half minutes, before Michael Smith set up a thrilling finale.

Pompey winger Kyle Bennett sliced a 25-yard snapshot against the post in the eighth minute, with the hosts keen to prolong a four-match unbeaten streak.

Godden blasted a shot straight at goalkeeper David Forde, who took it at the second attempt, before Bennett's header on the stretch was held by Jamie Jones at the other end in a poor opening 45 minutes.

Bennett caused more problems in the second half, with his fierce swerving drive forcing Jones to parry, and then substitute Conor Chaplin lashed over before the goal flurry.

Schumacher's powerful drive went under Forde from a Ben Kennedy centre in the 71st minute, before Godden capitalised on a poor clearance from the goalkeeper to slide home.

Smith set up a nervy finish when he lashed in his third of the week at the back post with 10 minutes to play.

Jack Whatmough nodded against the post with the last action of the game as Boro continued their excellent form on the road.

Report provided by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26EvansBooked at 90mins
  • 6BurgessSubstituted forWhatmoughat 45'minutes
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 73mins
  • 3Stevens
  • 8DoyleSubstituted forLinganziat 45'minutes
  • 4Rose
  • 7Baker
  • 11Roberts
  • 23BennettSubstituted forChaplinat 67'minutes
  • 9Smith

Substitutes

  • 10Lalkovic
  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Whatmough
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 22Naismith
  • 24Linganzi

Stevenage

  • 1Jones
  • 25Henry
  • 5Franks
  • 6WilkinsonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forWellsat 45'minutes
  • 33Ntlhe
  • 23Cowans
  • 8SchumacherSubstituted forLeeat 72'minutes
  • 4KingBooked at 90mins
  • 17GormanBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMcKirdyat 60'minutes
  • 14Kennedy
  • 24Godden

Substitutes

  • 7McAnuff
  • 11Pett
  • 13McKirdy
  • 16Day
  • 18Tonge
  • 19Wells
  • 22Lee
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
15,987

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away0
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Stevenage 2.

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Booking

Jack King (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack King (Stevenage).

Attempt blocked. Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

Matt Godden (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Stevenage 2. Michael Smith (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Wells (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 0, Stevenage 2. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Matt Godden (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Booking

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Matt Godden (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Lee replaces Steven Schumacher.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 0, Stevenage 1. Steven Schumacher (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Amine Linganzi (Portsmouth).

Henry Cowans (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Kyle Bennett.

Foul by Michael Smith (Portsmouth).

Dean Wells (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Steven Schumacher (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Harry McKirdy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Carl Baker (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Foul by Gary Roberts (Portsmouth).

Henry Cowans (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Harry McKirdy replaces Dale Gorman.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Portsmouth).

Dale Gorman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Carlisle19108137231438
2Plymouth1912252921838
3Doncaster18113438251336
4Portsmouth1994632201231
5Luton1987428181031
6Wycombe198472322128
7Blackpool1976633221127
8Barnet196942727027
9Grimsby197572725226
10Crewe196852225-326
11Cambridge197482123-225
12Mansfield196762125-425
13Yeovil187471923-425
14Stevenage177372525024
15Colchester196582726123
16Crawley186572127-623
17Morecambe1972102336-1323
18Hartlepool195772832-422
19Notts County196492432-822
20Accrington195682025-521
21Exeter1962112025-520
22Leyton Orient1953112126-518
23Cheltenham193972028-818
24Newport184592227-517
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