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Coventry City 0-1 Portsmouth

A superb strike from Ronan Curtis in first-half stoppage time earned unbeaten Portsmouth a 1-0 win at Coventry.

Kenny Jackett's men should have taken an early lead, but Ben Close side-footed wide from close to Coventry's penalty spot.

The Sky Blues' best chance of the first half fell to Jonson Clarke-Harris, who latched onto a defensive mix-up only for goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray to make a good block one-on-one.

And it was the visitors who went into the break with the advantage courtesy of Curtis's fine right-footed effort which beat Lee Burge low into his left corner.

Gareth Evans flashed a header across the face of the home goal shortly after the restart and Jamal Lowe missed a good chance to make the game safe for Pompey eight minutes from time.

Ben Thompson then forced Burge to parry in the closing stages before Lowe exploited some space to curl narrowly wide.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 4Willis
  • 5Davies
  • 15HyamSubstituted forThompsonat 45'minutes
  • 17SterlingBooked at 19mins
  • 23Thomas
  • 20Bayliss
  • 8Doyle
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forJonesat 56'minutes
  • 18Clarke-Harris
  • 22AndreuSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Kelly
  • 7Jones
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Ogogo
  • 21Bakayoko
  • 27Thompson

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 20ThompsonBooked at 80mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 16Whatmough
  • 3Brown
  • 33CloseSubstituted forThompsonat 70'minutes
  • 7NaylorBooked at 28mins
  • 10Lowe
  • 26EvansBooked at 47mins
  • 11Curtis
  • 8PitmanSubstituted forHawkinsat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 2Walkes
  • 9Hawkins
  • 14Mason
  • 22Wheeler
  • 32Thompson
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
11,102

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 0, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Portsmouth 1.

Foul by Tom Bayliss (Coventry City).

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

Attempt saved. Jordon Thompson (Coventry City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ben Thompson (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Oliver Hawkins replaces Brett Pitman.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Booking

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dujon Sterling (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Foul by Luke Thomas (Coventry City).

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

Foul by Luke Thomas (Coventry City).

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila replaces Tony Andreu.

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Coventry City).

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Thompson replaces Ben Close.

Attempt blocked. Luke Thomas (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Tony Andreu (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Dujon Sterling (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth).

Dujon Sterling (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Thomas (Coventry City).

Attempt blocked. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jodi Jones replaces Jordan Shipley.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth118302181327
2Peterborough1173128151324
3Doncaster116321810821
4Sunderland1155122121020
5Accrington115511411320
6Barnsley105411971219
7Walsall115421412219
8Charlton115331816218
9Scunthorpe114521821-317
10Luton114431413116
11Southend115151516-116
12Blackpool10361107315
13Fleetwood113531511414
14Coventry11335812-412
15Rochdale113351523-812
16Burton103251113-211
17Wimbledon11326915-611
18Bristol Rovers11245911-210
19Bradford11317815-710
20Shrewsbury11164911-29
21Wycombe111641217-59
22Gillingham102261320-78
23Oxford Utd111281123-125
24Plymouth11047820-124
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