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Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Portsmouth

Portsmouth brushed aside Tranmere to record a ninth straight win in all competitions and move to within six points of the summit of League One.

Goals either side of half-time from Sean Raggett and Ryan Williams saw off the struggling hosts.

The opener came after just 13 minutes as Portsmouth profited from some statuesque defending.

Not a single defender moved towards the ball as Ronan Curtis whipped a free-kick into the box, and Raggett could barely believe his luck as he nodded home unmarked from close range.

Rovers' response was spirited, with Andy Cook forcing Alex Bass into a couple of decent saves from close range.

But Tranmere have now failed to score in four consecutive league games, and lacked confidence and conviction.

Their heads dropped when Williams made it 2-0 just after the break, finding the bottom corner from 20 yards with a shot that Scott Davies will have been disappointed to let in.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Tranmere

  • 1Davies
  • 22WilsonSubstituted forRidehalghat 45'minutes
  • 5Ray
  • 6Monthe
  • 2WoodsSubstituted forDannsat 59'minutes
  • 7Morris
  • 36Woodyard
  • 12McCullough
  • 23Blackett-Taylor
  • 19VaughanBooked at 31minsSubstituted forFerrierat 59'minutes
  • 33Cook

Substitutes

  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 10Ferrier
  • 11Jennings
  • 17Perkins
  • 20Gilmour
  • 25Pilling
  • 35Danns

Portsmouth

  • 35BassBooked at 70mins
  • 13Bolton
  • 6Burgess
  • 20Raggett
  • 42Seddon
  • 4Naylor
  • 33Close
  • 7WilliamsBooked at 77mins
  • 24McGeehan
  • 11Curtis
  • 22Harrison

Substitutes

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 3Brown
  • 10Marquis
  • 15McCrorie
  • 16Whatmough
  • 19Harness
  • 26Evans
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
6,985

Match Stats

Home TeamTranmereAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Portsmouth 2.

Attempt missed. Cameron McGeehan (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ellis Harrison.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Neil Danns.

Corey Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Bolton (Portsmouth).

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt missed. Andy Cook (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Hand ball by Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Emmanuel Monthe.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Scott Davies.

Corey Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Portsmouth).

Offside, Tranmere Rovers. Alex Woodyard tries a through ball, but Andy Cook is caught offside.

Booking

Ryan Williams (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Morgan Ferrier (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Williams (Portsmouth).

Attempt blocked. Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Alex Woodyard (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

Foul by Neil Danns (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Andy Cook (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sean Raggett (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Ray following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Monthe (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Alex Bass (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Steve Seddon.

Kieron Morris (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steve Seddon (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Morgan Ferrier (Tranmere Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Corey Taylor with a cross.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Cameron McGeehan.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Foul by Ryan Williams (Portsmouth).

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth).

George Ray (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Morgan Ferrier replaces James Vaughan.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Neil Danns replaces Calum Woods because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham30175854302456
2Wycombe3015873935453
3Peterborough31157960372352
4Coventry281312340281251
5Portsmouth28148643291450
6Sunderland29139738261248
7Ipswich30139841301148
8Doncaster29129844281645
9Fleetwood2812974334945
10Oxford Utd28128845311444
11Burton2911993936342
12Gillingham2991373327640
13Bristol Rovers29108113341-838
14Blackpool2891093634237
15Lincoln City31114163739-237
16Shrewsbury2881192532-735
17Accrington2989123943-433
18Rochdale3096153548-1333
19MK Dons3095163241-932
20Wimbledon2977153544-928
21Tranmere2957172853-2522
22Southend2937193372-3916
23Bolton2758142357-3411
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