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Carlisle United 0-3 Portsmouth

Portsmouth narrowed the gap between themselves and promotion rivals Carlisle to three points after second-half goals by Gary Roberts, Amine Linganzi and substitute Jack Whatmough earned them a win at Brunton Park.

It was a close contest until Pompey finally found the target through a solo goal by Roberts, with late strikes by Linganzi and Whatmough ending any hopes injury hit Carlisle had of salvaging something from the game.

A hectic opening spell saw both sides test the opposition keeper. Pompey's Carl Baker had Mark Gillespie at full stretch to parry a 20-yard effort then, at the other end, Jamie Proctor played Nicky Adams in with an inch perfect pass and David Forde had to be alert to claw away the winger's left-foot blast from a tight angle.

Portsmouth were relieved when the referee played on after Tom Miller, an early Carlisle substitute for the injured Shaun Brisley, burst in from the right to hit a powerful drive which brought a big appeal for hand ball.

Carlisle lost a second central defender to injury in the 36th minute when skipper Michael Raynes was forced off and, with the home side still re-organising, Pompey's Eoin Doyle passed up a gilt-edged opportunity on the stroke of half-time when he snatched at his shot two yards out and scooped the ball over the bar.

It was Carlisle's turn to miss a clear chance in the 56th minute when Proctor got on the end of Luke Joyce's dinked cross but directed his downward header wide from close range.

Portsmouth took the lead in the 73rd minute with a fine individual effort by Roberts who ran at the heart of the defence before producing a deft finish with the outside of his left foot from 18 yards which found the top left-hand corner.

Linganzi clinched it for Portsmouth in the 86th minute when he drove a powerful low 20-yard shot past Gillespie and Whatmough's injury-time goal, driving in from the right side of the penalty area, rubbed salt in the home side's wounds.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Carlisle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gillespie
  • 28Liddle
  • 5RaynesSubstituted forMcQueenat 37'minutes
  • 15BrisleySubstituted forMillerat 15'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 12Gillesphey
  • 4Joyce
  • 8Jones
  • 18O'SullivanBooked at 40minsSubstituted forIbehreat 61'minutes
  • 19Lambe
  • 10Adams
  • 9Proctor

Substitutes

  • 14Ibehre
  • 16Bailey
  • 17Devitt
  • 22Crocombe
  • 23Miller
  • 27Waring
  • 44McQueen

Portsmouth

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Forde
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Burgess
  • 3Stevens
  • 23BennettSubstituted forChaplinat 72'minutes
  • 24Linganzi
  • 8Doyle
  • 7BakerSubstituted forWhatmoughat 72'minutes
  • 26Evans
  • 17Doyle
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forNaismithat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Rose
  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Whatmough
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 22Naismith
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
7,197

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Carlisle United 0, Portsmouth 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Carlisle United 0, Portsmouth 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Carlisle United 0, Portsmouth 3. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kal Naismith.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Joyce (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Carlisle United 0, Portsmouth 2. Amine Linganzi (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Proctor (Carlisle United).

  10. Post update

    Amine Linganzi (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Gary Roberts.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Carlisle United).

  16. Post update

    Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Carlisle United 0, Portsmouth 1. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Doyle.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Kyle Bennett.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Jack Whatmough replaces Carl Baker.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster33198663402365
2Plymouth32195852351762
3Carlisle33151355648858
4Portsmouth32167948291955
5Luton331412749311854
6Exeter331561253371651
7Colchester33148115042850
8Mansfield33131194338550
9Stevenage33154145250249
10Cambridge32137124137446
11Wycombe33137134042-246
12Barnet331112104144-345
13Morecambe32136134147-645
14Grimsby33128133940-144
15Blackpool321013947351243
16Crawley32126144050-1042
17Yeovil33912123340-739
18Crewe33812133648-1236
19Cheltenham33811143746-935
20Accrington31810133444-1034
21Notts County3397173758-2134
22Hartlepool33711153958-1932
23Leyton Orient3385203551-1629
24Newport33511173753-1626
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