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Portsmouth 2-1 Cambridge United

Portsmouth were in party mood as they celebrated their promotion from League Two with victory over Cambridge, also denting the visitors' own play-off hopes.

A first-half strike from Karl Baker and a superb free-kick from Kai Naismith eased Pompey to victory over a Cambridge side who turned in a lacklustre performance and only had Luke Berry's late free-kick as a consolation.

Pompey dominated the opening exchanges and played some neat football through midfield as they tried to pick their way through Cambridge's defence, with Kyle Bennett looking particularly lively.

Their early attempts were limited to long-range strikes from Baker and and Gareth Evans, who both picked their way in off the right flank, but their efforts provided no test for Cambridge goalkeeper Will Norris.

Left-back Enda Stevens surged forward to find space on the left to unlock Cambridge on 19 minutes, receiving a pass and working his way to the byline, where he pulled an inviting low ball back into the path of Baker, who swept the ball home his eighth league goal, left-footed from 10 yards.

For all their dominance, Pompey were caught napping on 35 minutes when Cambridge almost levelled out of the blue when Uche Ikpeazu seized on the ball after Pompey keeper David Forde spilled a cross and saw his shot blocked by defender Jack Whatmough.

Normal service was resumed and Pompey striker Nicke Kabamba missed a golden opportunity to double his side's lead, planting an unmarked header wide from four yards.

Bennett was again on Cambridge's case two minutes into the second half, firing in a right-foot shot from 22 yards which Norris was unable to hold but the Cambridge keeper pounced on the loose ball with Kai Naismith lurking.

Naismith was not to be denied, though, and after Stanley Aborah - in his first start for Pompey - was fouled 22 yards out, Pompey's top scorer dipped a precise free-kick past the stranded Norris for his 10th league goal of the season.

Cambridge had offered precious little going forward in the second half but their anonymity as an attacking forced was relieved on 80 minutes when Berry curled in a free-kick as impressive as Naismith's.

In injury time, Berry was presented with another opportunity 25 yards out but keeper Forde climbed to claw his free-kick away.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1FordeBooked at 90mins
  • 26Evans
  • 16WhatmoughBooked at 90mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 29Opoku Aborah
  • 8Doyle
  • 7BakerBooked at 9minsSubstituted forLoweat 67'minutes
  • 22Naismith
  • 23BennettSubstituted forRobertsat 72'minutes
  • 15KabambaSubstituted forChaplinat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 4Rose
  • 11Roberts
  • 13O'Brien
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Chaplin
  • 25Talbot

Cambridge

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Norris
  • 28Halliday
  • 6Legge
  • 2Taylor
  • 19Carroll
  • 7Mingoia
  • 8Berry
  • 16O'NeilBooked at 53minsSubstituted forDunkat 57'minutes
  • 24NewtonSubstituted forDunneat 61'minutes
  • 21Elito
  • 26IkpeazuSubstituted forMcGurkat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Dunne
  • 11Dunk
  • 12Wharton
  • 13Gregory
  • 17McGurk
  • 18Maris
  • 22Lewis
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
18,165

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Cambridge United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Cambridge United 1.

  3. Booking

    David Forde (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Piero Mingoia (Cambridge United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  7. Booking

    Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

  9. Post update

    Medy Elito (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Piero Mingoia (Cambridge United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

  13. Post update

    Jake Carroll (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

  15. Post update

    James Dunne (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam McGurk (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leon Legge (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Medy Elito (Cambridge United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster442510983503385
2Plymouth442581168442483
3Portsmouth442491172393381
4Luton441817963412271
5Exeter442081670521868
6Blackpool4417161166442267
7Stevenage44206186659766
8Mansfield441714135247565
9Wycombe441811155652465
10Carlisle441617116465-165
11Cambridge44189175649763
12Colchester441712156256663
13Accrington441614145552362
14Grimsby441710175759-261
15Barnet441315165359-654
16Notts County44158215274-2253
17Crewe441313185364-1152
18Morecambe44149215169-1851
19Crawley441311205167-1650
20Yeovil441116174861-1349
21Cheltenham441114194763-1647
22Newport441112214870-2245
23Hartlepool441013215273-2143
24Leyton Orient44106284581-3636
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