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Portsmouth 4-1 Rochdale

Oli Hawkins scored his 10th goal of the season to set promotion-chasing Portsmouth on course for a fifth straight League One win against Rochdale.

Striker Hawkins headed Pompey in front from Jamal Lowe's pinpoint cross before captain Brett Pitman made it 2-0 from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time after Nathan Thompson had been brought down.

Struggling Dale got themselves back into the game when Aaron Wilbraham raced in behind a static home defence to reduce the deficit.

But Gareth Evans's header ended the visitors' hopes of an unlikely comeback, and Lowe wrapped up a convincing victory, finishing coolly after being played through by Matt Clarke.

The victory leaves Pompey two points behind second-placed Barnsley with a game in hand.

Dale are now just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 20Thompson
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 7Naylor
  • 33Close
  • 10Lowe
  • 8PitmanSubstituted forMorrisat 81'minutes
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forEvansat 57'minutes
  • 9HawkinsSubstituted forBogleat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Walkes
  • 18Dennis
  • 22Bogle
  • 24Morris
  • 26Evans
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 4McNulty
  • 6Ebanks-LandellBooked at 45mins
  • 39BunneyBooked at 52minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 67'minutes
  • 27Hamilton
  • 10Camps
  • 14RathboneSubstituted forCloughat 81'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 18WilbrahamBooked at 38mins
  • 16DoneSubstituted forInmanat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Dooley
  • 8Williams
  • 9Andrew
  • 13Keohane
  • 19Inman
  • 26Clough
  • 31Wade
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
18,197

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home10
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 4, Rochdale 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 4, Rochdale 1.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

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

Foul by Zach Clough (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the box misses to the right.

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

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

Attempt blocked. Bryn Morris (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Omar Bogle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Bryn Morris replaces Brett Pitman.

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

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Zach Clough replaces Oliver Rathbone.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 4, Rochdale 1. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matthew Clarke.

Attempt saved. Bradden Inman (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Omar Bogle replaces Oliver Hawkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Bradden Inman replaces Matt Done.

Attempt saved. Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ethan Hamilton.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. M.J. Williams replaces Joe Bunney.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Rochdale 1. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamal Lowe.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Matt Done (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gareth Evans replaces Ronan Curtis.

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

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Josh Lillis.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Rochdale 1. Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Done.

Booking

Joe Bunney (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

Attempt saved. Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Aaron Wilbraham (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Matt Done (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 2, Rochdale 0.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley422313672353782
3Sunderland412117374413380
4Portsmouth412311775443180
5Charlton422310962382479
6Doncaster4219121171521969
7Peterborough411810136354964
8Coventry421710155049161
9Burton4216121460481260
10Blackpool421416124746158
11Fleetwood411511155447756
12Oxford Utd421314155056-653
13Shrewsbury421214164753-650
14Bristol Rovers421213174447-349
15Gillingham42139205468-1448
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Wycombe421211195264-1247
18Plymouth421211195167-1647
19Scunthorpe42129214973-2445
20Rochdale42129215183-3245
21Wimbledon42128223759-2244
22Southend42127234963-1443
23Walsall42119224569-2442
24Bradford42106264572-2736
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