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Portsmouth 2-0 Accrington Stanley

Matt Clarke and Kal Naismith scored to help promotion-chasing Portsmouth return to winning ways with a home success against lowly Accrington.

Portsmouth needed the points after back-to-back defeats in League Two and Paul Cook's men got off to the perfect start.

Only 45 seconds had elapsed when Gary Roberts forced a fine save from Accrington goalkeeper Marek Rodak.

From the resulting corner Roberts picked out Clarke at the far post and the centre-back headed into the net.

The same combination almost doubled Pompey's lead on 20 minutes but this time Clarke nodded over from Roberts' centre.

It took until the half hour for Accrington to muster a meaningful attempt on goal when Sean McConville blazed wide from inside the penalty area.

Clarke twice came close to doubling his and Pompey's tally early in the second half but could not hit the target with either attempt.

Substitute Naismith sealed the victory in added time, slotting home after being sent clear by Noel Hunt.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Burgess
  • 3Stevens
  • 24Linganzi
  • 8Doyle
  • 18LoweSubstituted forHuntat 85'minutes
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forNaismithat 66'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forBakerat 65'minutes
  • 17DoyleBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 4Rose
  • 7Baker
  • 13O'Brien
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 22Naismith

Accrington

  • 12Rodak
  • 32RodgersSubstituted forMcCartanat 60'minutes
  • 3Hughes
  • 5Beckles
  • 30DonacienBooked at 79mins
  • 15ClareSubstituted forClarkat 61'minutes
  • 28ConneelyBooked at 56mins
  • 16HusinSubstituted forBocoat 86'minutes
  • 11McConville
  • 29Kee
  • 24Edwards

Substitutes

  • 4Davies
  • 7Clark
  • 10McCartan
  • 14Boco
  • 19Shaw
  • 20Chapman
  • 26Sykes
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
15,955

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Accrington Stanley 0.

Hand ball by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Accrington Stanley 0. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Noel Hunt following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt blocked. Amine Linganzi (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Romuald Boco replaces Noor Husin.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Portsmouth).

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Noel Hunt replaces Jamal Lowe.

Attempt missed. Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Gareth Evans.

Booking

Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley).

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

Foul by Noor Husin (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt saved. Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Marek Rodak.

Attempt saved. Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Gary Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Carl Baker replaces Kyle Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Jordan Clark replaces Sean Clare.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Shay McCartan replaces Harvey Rodgers.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster30196559352463
2Plymouth29193748301860
3Carlisle30131345243952
4Luton301310744291549
5Exeter301531248321648
6Portsmouth29146942281448
7Mansfield30121083730746
8Wycombe2913793735246
9Colchester2912894436844
10Stevenage30133144747042
11Blackpool291011843291441
12Barnet30101193942-341
13Grimsby30117123639-340
14Cambridge29116123634239
15Morecambe28115123644-838
16Yeovil30910113237-537
17Crawley29106133444-1036
18Crewe30711123143-1232
19Hartlepool30710133752-1531
20Cheltenham30611133344-1129
21Accrington2878132637-1129
22Notts County3085173254-2229
23Leyton Orient3075183045-1526
24Newport2959153347-1424
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