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Portsmouth 5-1 Bradford City

Ben Close scored twice as promotion contenders Portsmouth got back to winning ways in the league for the first time since New Year's Day with a comprehensive thrashing of managerless Bradford.

Former Bantam Gareth Evans gave a dominant Pompey the lead with a brilliantly struck 22nd-minute penalty following a foul on Oli Hawkins.

Tom Naylor doubled the lead from close range three minutes before half-time.

Play was momentarily stopped when a drone was spotted by the referee hovering above Fratton Park and the players were ordered to the side of the pitch.

Hope Akpan got Bradford - whose manager David Hopkin quit earlier this week - back in the game in the 65th minute, stabbing home after a goalmouth scramble.

The comeback was short lived as Jamal Lowe bundled in Lee Brown's cross to make it 3-1 two minutes later.

Close made it four by stretching to divert Evans' wayward half-volley beyond the diving Richard O'Donnell and he put the gloss on the win by grabbing his second late on from Ronan Curtis' centre.

Pompey are fourth, five points off the automatic promotion places, while the Bantams remain 23rd, six points from safety.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 20ThompsonSubstituted forWalkesat 79'minutes
  • 6Burgess
  • 5ClarkeSubstituted forDonohueat 85'minutes
  • 3Brown
  • 7Naylor
  • 33Close
  • 10Lowe
  • 26Evans
  • 11Curtis
  • 9HawkinsSubstituted forVaughanat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Walkes
  • 8Pitman
  • 17Donohue
  • 19Solomon-Otabor
  • 32Vaughan
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup

Bradford

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 38CaddisBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMellorat 45'minutes
  • 6O'Connor
  • 22Knight-PercivalBooked at 73mins
  • 23WoodSubstituted forMillerat 62'minutes
  • 16Butterfield
  • 21Akpan
  • 39O'Brien
  • 10PayneSubstituted forClarkeat 72'minutes
  • 40Ball
  • 9Doyle

Substitutes

  • 12Miller
  • 13Wilson
  • 15Mellor
  • 17Clarke
  • 18Anderson
  • 20Patrick
  • 43Maltby
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
17,657

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 5, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 5, Bradford City 1.

Attempt missed. Anton Walkes (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by James Vaughan (Portsmouth).

Hope Akpan (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Eoin Doyle (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Dion Donohue (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Ball (Bradford City).

Attempt missed. Ben Close (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 5, Bradford City 1. Ben Close (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Kelvin Mellor (Bradford City).

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Bradford City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Dion Donohue replaces Matthew Clarke because of an injury.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Anton Walkes replaces Nathan Thompson because of an injury.

Delay in match Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Booking

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Billy Clarke replaces Jack Payne.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 4, Bradford City 1. Ben Close (Portsmouth) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gareth Evans.

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. James Vaughan replaces Oliver Hawkins because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Bradford City 1. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Brown.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Bradford City 1. Hope Akpan (Bradford City) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Anthony O'Connor.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Craig MacGillivray.

Attempt saved. Hope Akpan (Bradford City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. George Miller replaces Connor Wood.

Hand ball by David Ball (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

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3Sunderland341814261322968
4Portsmouth351811660372365
5Charlton35179951351660
6Doncaster341510960431755
7Peterborough351510105648855
8Coventry35148133838050
9Fleetwood351310124637949
10Blackpool341212103433148
11Burton351111134241144
12Wycombe351110144452-843
13Southend35125184448-441
14Accrington331011123444-1041
15Plymouth35118164556-1141
16Scunthorpe35118164260-1841
17Shrewsbury35913133845-740
18Gillingham35117174658-1240
19Oxford Utd35912144353-1039
20Walsall35109163755-1839
21Bristol Rovers34910153537-237
22Rochdale3597194274-3234
23Bradford3596203960-2133
24Wimbledon3586212853-2530
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