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Walsall 2-3 Portsmouth

Portsmouth breathed life into their League One promotion push with a 3-2 win at Walsall.

Pompey recorded a first away league win since December as Kenny Jackett's decision to bring Brett Pitman, Omar Bogle and Viv Solomon-Otabor into the side paid dividends, with all three on target.

Lee Brown's 13th-minute cross appeared to be drifting out of play when Morgan Ferrier needlessly shoved Nathan Thompson and Pitman converted the resulting penalty.

Ferrier tested Craig MacGillivray at the other end after 25 minutes but the Pompey keeper's clearance was not dealt with by the Saddlers' defence and Bogle's lob from the edge of the area doubled the away side's lead.

Jamal Lowe's effort from a quick free-kick was chalked off after referee Trevor Kettle ordered the set-piece to be retaken.

Pompey added a third midway through the second half when Pitman played in Lowe down the right and he squared for Solomon-Otabor, who provided a cool finish.

Jon Guthrie pulled one back when he headed home from a corner 15 minutes from time and the defender scrambled a second in stoppage time.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 35Scarr
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 15KinsellaBooked at 37mins
  • 4Dobson
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forBlackett-Taylorat 70'minutes
  • 10IsmailSubstituted forOtehat 87'minutes
  • 29GordonBooked at 72mins
  • 16FerrierBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 13Dunn
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 28Norman
  • 30Osbourne
  • 34Laird
  • 36Oteh
  • 38Blackett-Taylor

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 20Thompson
  • 6Burgess
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 16mins
  • 3Brown
  • 7Naylor
  • 33Close
  • 10Lowe
  • 8PitmanSubstituted forWalkesat 86'minutes
  • 19Solomon-Otabor
  • 22BogleSubstituted forVaughanat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Walkes
  • 9Hawkins
  • 17Donohue
  • 26Evans
  • 32Vaughan
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
4,097

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home5
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Portsmouth 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Portsmouth 3.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Portsmouth 3. Jon Guthrie (Walsall) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dan Scarr following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Craig MacGillivray.

Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Vaughan (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Corey Taylor (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Aramide Oteh replaces Zeli Ismail.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Anton Walkes replaces Brett Pitman.

Attempt blocked. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Foul by Corey Taylor (Walsall).

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

Attempt blocked. Corey Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Morgan Ferrier (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 1, Portsmouth 3. Jon Guthrie (Walsall) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Dobson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. James Vaughan replaces Omar Bogle.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Nicky Devlin.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Booking

Josh Gordon (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Corey Taylor replaces Joe Edwards.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 0, Portsmouth 3. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamal Lowe.

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

Foul by Nicky Devlin (Walsall).

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Omar Bogle (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Foul by Viv Solomon-Otabor (Portsmouth).

Dan Scarr (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Luton372310470294179
2Barnsley372111564283674
3Sunderland361816262332970
4Portsmouth371911764412368
5Charlton37199955371866
6Doncaster3615111061461556
7Peterborough371510125752555
8Blackpool371314103937253
9Coventry37158144141053
10Fleetwood371310144741649
11Burton371211144544147
12Plymouth37129164757-1045
13Wycombe371111154656-1044
14Accrington361111143849-1144
15Scunthorpe37128174662-1644
16Bristol Rovers361110153737043
17Gillingham37127184759-1243
18Southend37126194754-742
19Walsall37119174158-1742
20Shrewsbury37913154049-940
21Oxford Utd37913154354-1140
22Rochdale37108194475-3138
23Bradford37106214262-2036
24Wimbledon37106213153-2236
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