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Portsmouth 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

Ben Close scored a screamer for the second time in less than a week as Portsmouth picked up their first League One win of the season with victory over Tranmere.

Close blasted a stunning volley into the top corner from 30 yards after 27 minutes.

The midfielder had netted an almost identical goal in Pompey's midweek EFL Cup win at home to Birmingham.

Tom Naylor sealed the points for Pompey 15 minutes from time with a close-range effort after Paul Downing had seen his header cleared off the line.

The win would have been more emphatic but for Andy Cannon's shot being kept out by a post and birthday boy Lee Brown having a goal chalked off for offside.

Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davies also produced a decent save to deny Ronan Curtis after only eight minutes.

Rovers' best chance came through Manny Monthe, who headed wide when unmarked at a corner.

Kieron Morris also forced a save from Craig MacGillivray in the home goal.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 2Walkes
  • 5DowningBooked at 90mins
  • 6Burgess
  • 3Brown
  • 4NaylorBooked at 48mins
  • 33Close
  • 19Harness
  • 14CannonSubstituted forPitmanat 68'minutes
  • 11Curtis
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forMarquisat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Pitman
  • 10Marquis
  • 15McCrorie
  • 20Raggett
  • 26Evans
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 22Wilson
  • 5Ray
  • 6Monthe
  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 28Banks
  • 17Perkins
  • 7Morris
  • 8Potter
  • 11JenningsSubstituted forBlackett-Taylorat 58'minutes
  • 10FerrierSubstituted forPayneat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Nelson
  • 9Mullin
  • 19Ponticelli
  • 20Gilmour
  • 23Blackett-Taylor
  • 25Pilling
  • 45Payne
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
18,575

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

John Marquis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darren Potter (Tranmere Rovers).

Offside, Tranmere Rovers. Oliver Banks tries a through ball, but Kane Wilson is caught offside.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Scott Davies.

Booking

Paul Downing (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Downing (Portsmouth).

Stefan Payne (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Portsmouth. Brett Pitman tries a through ball, but Lee Brown is caught offside.

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by John Marquis.

Foul by Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

Kane Wilson (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.

Attempt missed. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Offside, Tranmere Rovers. David Perkins tries a through ball, but Oliver Banks is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ben Close (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Kane Wilson.

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high. Assisted by Stefan Payne.

Foul by Marcus Harness (Portsmouth).

David Perkins (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Paul Downing (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Harness (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Downing.

Attempt saved. Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oliver Banks.

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Payne.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Brett Pitman replaces Andrew Cannon.

Offside, Portsmouth. John Marquis tries a through ball, but Ronan Curtis is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieron Morris with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Ronan Curtis.

Foul by Andrew Cannon (Portsmouth).

Oliver Banks (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Andrew Cannon (Portsmouth) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Stefan Payne replaces Morgan Ferrier.

Foul by Marcus Harness (Portsmouth).

goal

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