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Peterborough United 2-0 Portsmouth

Dan Butler
Dan Butler's goal was his second in three games for Peterborough

Peterborough gave their promotion hopes a boost with a battling home win over fellow League One high-flyers Portsmouth.

Goals from defender Dan Butler and leading scorer Ivan Toney did the damage as Posh ended a run of two games without a win.

Victory saw Darren Ferguson's buoyant side climb four places to fourth in the standings, as Toney registered his 24th league goal of what is already a superb season for the striker.

Butler fired the hosts into a 32nd-minute lead with a sweet left-foot strike into the top-right corner of Alex Bass' net.

It was his second goal in three games having previously failed to find the back of the net all season before that.

Portsmouth midfielder Cameron McGeehan had a shot saved by Posh keeper Christy Pym, before Butler had a shot blocked at the other end.

Tom Naylor saw his header from Ronan Curtis' corner saved by Pym soon after, while Sammie Szmodics was denied by Bass as both sides continued to create chances.

Bass then made an even better block to prevent Toney from doubling the home side's lead but the 23-year-old former Newcastle striker sealed a fine win when he fired home with four minutes remaining.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1Pym
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forMasonat 45'minutes
  • 5Beevers
  • 18Blake-Tracy
  • 23Ward
  • 12BrownBooked at 41minsSubstituted forKnightat 74'minutes
  • 29Taylor
  • 3Butler
  • 9SzmodicsSubstituted forBoydat 88'minutes
  • 17Toney
  • 10Dembélé

Substitutes

  • 7Eisa
  • 8Knight
  • 16Bennett
  • 21Boyd
  • 24Mason
  • 26Chapman
  • 37Jade-Jones

Portsmouth

  • 35Bass
  • 13Bolton
  • 16WhatmoughBooked at 15minsSubstituted forMcCrorieat 45'minutes
  • 20RaggettBooked at 90mins
  • 42Seddon
  • 4NaylorBooked at 82mins
  • 33CloseSubstituted forCannonat 55'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 7Williams
  • 24McGeehanSubstituted forHawkinsat 69'minutes
  • 11Curtis
  • 10MarquisBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 3Brown
  • 8Pitman
  • 9Hawkins
  • 14Cannon
  • 15McCrorie
  • 19Harness
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
9,414

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Peterborough United 2, Portsmouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Peterborough United 2, Portsmouth 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Boyd (Peterborough United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ward following a set piece situation.

  4. Booking

    John Marquis (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Booking

    Sean Raggett (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Sean Raggett (Portsmouth).

  7. Post update

    Ivan Toney (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Boyd (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Ward.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sean Raggett (Portsmouth).

  10. Post update

    Ivan Toney (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Cannon (Portsmouth).

  12. Post update

    Joe Ward (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Peterborough United. George Boyd replaces Sammie Szmodics.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Portsmouth) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCrorie.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Peterborough United 2, Portsmouth 0. Ivan Toney (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Christy Pym.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Alex Bass.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Knight.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Frazer Blake-Tracy.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Taylor (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Toney with a cross.

  20. Booking

    Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry341813348301867
2Rotherham35188961382362
3Oxford Utd35179961372460
4Peterborough351781068402859
5Sunderland351611848301859
6Portsmouth34178951341759
7Fleetwood341611749361359
8Wycombe3417894540559
9Doncaster341591051331854
10Ipswich3614101246361052
11Gillingham35121584234851
12Burton341211114848047
13Blackpool341112114341245
14Lincoln City35126174446-242
15Bristol Rovers34119143649-1342
16Shrewsbury341011133142-1141
17Accrington351010154753-640
18MK Dons35107183647-1137
19Rochdale34106183957-1836
20Wimbledon35811163952-1335
21Tranmere3378183459-2529
22Southend3547243985-4619
23Bolton33510182564-3913
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