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Burton Albion 1-2 Portsmouth

Portsmouth kept alive their hopes of automatic promotion alive with a dramatic late winner from defender Matt Clarke against Burton.

Clarke poked home in front of the Pompey fans after a scramble in the Albion box to seal a 2-1 win, with Burton striker Liam Boyce having earlier cancelled out Ben Close's opener.

Albion were convinced there was a handball involved in Clarke's decider and there was a hint of offside in the build-up but referee Craig Hicks allowed the goal to stand.

Clarke glanced an early headed chance over for the visitors but Albion, seeking a fifth win in six, were looking the more assured going forward.

Boyce fired a low effort straight at Craig MacGillivray before former Albion man Tom Naylor made a superb interception to deny Scott Fraser.

It was Pompey who drew first blood though, with Close celebrating his new contract extension with a superb opener after 31 minutes, the midfielder sweeping home an excellent first time-shot from 22 yards.

Visiting striker Brett Pitman almost produced a similar finish on the stroke of half-time but a fast start to the second half from Nigel Clough's men had them level two minutes after the break.

Boyce was the scorer, emphatically heading home Colin Daniel's cross for his 14th goal of the season.

Christian Burgess forced an instinctive save from Stephen Bywater as Portsmouth looked to retake the lead but it took until the very end for the decisive goal to come, with Clarke the Pompey hero.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 2Brayford
  • 22Wallace
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 88mins
  • 26Daniel
  • 23QuinnSubstituted forFoxat 81'minutes
  • 10Akins
  • 4Allen
  • 7FraserSubstituted forHutchinsonat 84'minutes
  • 16HarnessSubstituted forMillerat 84'minutes
  • 27Boyce

Substitutes

  • 12Fox
  • 13Hawkins
  • 14McCrory
  • 15Bradley
  • 18Miller
  • 19Hutchinson
  • 21Clarke

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 20Thompson
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 7Naylor
  • 33CloseBooked at 44mins
  • 10Lowe
  • 8PitmanSubstituted forMorrisat 62'minutes
  • 26EvansSubstituted forCurtisat 76'minutes
  • 9HawkinsSubstituted forBogleat 61'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Walkes
  • 11Curtis
  • 19Solomon-Otabor
  • 22Bogle
  • 24Morris
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
4,034

Match Stats

Home TeamBurtonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Burton Albion 1, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burton Albion 1, Portsmouth 2.

Booking

Omar Bogle (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Colin Daniel (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Omar Bogle (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Burton Albion 1, Portsmouth 2. Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion).

Omar Bogle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Liam Boyce (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Booking

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion).

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

Foul by Reece Hutchinson (Burton Albion).

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ben Fox (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Will Miller replaces Marcus Harness.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Reece Hutchinson replaces Scott Fraser.

Foul by Scott Fraser (Burton Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Ben Fox replaces Stephen Quinn.

Omar Bogle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Burton Albion).

Foul by Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

John Brayford (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ronan Curtis replaces Gareth Evans.

Attempt missed. Bryn Morris (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

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

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

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth).

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Bryn Morris replaces Brett Pitman.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Omar Bogle replaces Oliver Hawkins.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton422512581374487
2Barnsley432413674363885
3Sunderland422217376413583
4Portsmouth422411777453283
5Charlton4323101063402379
6Doncaster4319121271541769
7Peterborough421811136455965
8Coventry431810155249364
9Burton4316121561501160
10Blackpool431417124746159
11Fleetwood421512155548757
12Oxford Utd431414155257-556
13Gillingham43149205769-1251
14Bristol Rovers431214174548-350
15Shrewsbury431214174855-750
16Accrington421212184361-1848
17Rochdale43139215283-3148
18Wycombe431211205265-1347
19Plymouth431211205270-1847
20Scunthorpe431210214973-2446
21Wimbledon43129223860-2245
22Southend43128235064-1444
23Walsall431110224670-2443
24Bradford43106274574-2936
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