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Coventry City 1-0 Portsmouth

Coventry substitute Matt Godden poked home six minutes from time to clinch a crucial win over promotion rivals Portsmouth.

The result stretched City's unbeaten run to nine matches and ended Portsmouth's club-record nine-match winning run in the process.

Godden slotted home after Callum O'Hare lobbed the ball over the defence to break the deadlock.

City created the better chances in a quiet first half and went close with Liam Walsh early on.

The Pompey keeper then kept out a long range effort from O'Hare in the 30th minute, before Jamie Allen lifted the ball narrowly over two minutes before the break.

Pompey's sole first-half opportunity fell to Ben Close, who blazed over.

In a fast start to the second period, Amadou Bakayoko's close-range header went narrowly wide and Cameron McGeehan's shot was blocked at the other end.

Substitute Ellis Harrison almost made an immediate impact for Pompey when his first touch was a shot superbly parried by keeper Marko Marosi in the 64th minute, before Marcus Harness curled over with 16 minutes to go.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Marosi
  • 4Rose
  • 5McFadzean
  • 15Hyam
  • 23Dabo
  • 6Kelly
  • 20Walsh
  • 31McCallum
  • 8AllenSubstituted forBiamouat 71'minutes
  • 17O'Hare
  • 21BakayokoSubstituted forGoddenat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Biamou
  • 13Wilson
  • 16Pask
  • 18Giles
  • 24Godden
  • 25Westbrooke
  • 26Shipley

Portsmouth

  • 35Bass
  • 13Bolton
  • 6Burgess
  • 20Raggett
  • 42Seddon
  • 4Naylor
  • 33CloseBooked at 57mins
  • 7WilliamsSubstituted forHarnessat 63'minutes
  • 24McGeehanBooked at 20mins
  • 11Curtis
  • 10MarquisSubstituted forHarrisonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 3Brown
  • 15McCrorie
  • 16Whatmough
  • 19Harness
  • 22Harrison
  • 26Evans
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
6,983

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home1
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Portsmouth 0.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by James Bolton with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Matt Godden (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Maxime Biamou with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Seddon with a cross.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Marko Marosi.

Attempt saved. Cameron McGeehan (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Michael Rose.

Attempt blocked. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Seddon.

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

Foul by Liam Walsh (Coventry City).

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 1, Portsmouth 0. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Callum O'Hare.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth).

Dominic Hyam (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Matt Godden replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Attempt missed. Steve Seddon (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Offside, Portsmouth. Ronan Curtis tries a through ball, but Ellis Harrison is caught offside.

Offside, Portsmouth. James Bolton tries a through ball, but Ellis Harrison is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marcus Harness (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cameron McGeehan with a headed pass.

Foul by Ben Close (Portsmouth).

Liam Walsh (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marcus Harness (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Maxime Biamou replaces Jamie Allen.

Offside, Portsmouth. Cameron McGeehan tries a through ball, but Ellis Harrison is caught offside.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Amadou Bakayoko.

Attempt blocked. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Close with a cross.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Fankaty Dabo.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Bolton with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Marcus Harness replaces Ryan Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ellis Harrison replaces John Marquis.

Offside, Coventry City. Liam Kelly tries a through ball, but Amadou Bakayoko is caught offside.

Foul by Sean Raggett (Portsmouth).

Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steve Seddon (Portsmouth).

Dominic Hyam (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Ben Close (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Close (Portsmouth).

Liam Walsh (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Amadou Bakayoko (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Allen with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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1Rotherham30175854302456
2Peterborough32167964372755
3Coventry291412341281354
4Wycombe3115883936353
5Sunderland30149741261551
6Portsmouth29148743301350
7Ipswich311310841301149
8Doncaster30139846291748
9Fleetwood29139744341048
10Oxford Utd29129847331445
11Gillingham30101373629743
12Burton30111094138343
13Bristol Rovers30109113341-839
14Lincoln City32115163840-238
15Blackpool29910103837137
16Accrington3099124143-236
17Shrewsbury29811102534-935
18MK Dons3196163342-933
19Rochdale3196163551-1633
20Wimbledon3078153544-929
21Tranmere3058172853-2523
22Southend3037203376-4316
23Bolton2858152459-3511
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