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Portsmouth 0-1 Doncaster Rovers

Southampton loanee Josh Sims helped defeat his parent club's local rivals as he set up the winning goal for new side Doncaster in a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Portsmouth.

Sims, a second-half substitute, teased the home team down their left in the 79th minute, before laying the ball off for Reece James to turn and curl into the net from 14 yards out.

It was a rare piece of quality in a game which would have done little to persuade absent League One fans they were missing out.

Doncaster had the better of an uninspiring first half and created the best of the half-chances, as it took Pompey around 35 minutes to enjoy a decent spell of possession.

Yet the closest either team came to breaking the deadlock was when home defender Sean Raggett sliced a defensive clearance wide when cutting out a dangerous James cross.

Ten minutes after the break, Fejiri Okenabirhie forced Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivray into a full-length save but that was as exciting as it got until James scored the winner.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 2Johnson
  • 6Whatmough
  • 20Raggett
  • 3Brown
  • 4Naylor
  • 8CloseSubstituted forWilliamsat 81'minutes
  • 19HarnessBooked at 38mins
  • 14Cannon
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forJacobsat 59'minutes
  • 10HarrisonSubstituted forMarquisat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Williams
  • 9Marquis
  • 15Nicolaisen
  • 17Morris
  • 23Pring
  • 24Jacobs
  • 35Bass

Doncaster

  • 1Bursik
  • 2Halliday
  • 5WrightBooked at 45mins
  • 4Anderson
  • 24John
  • 6GomesBooked at 90mins
  • 8Whiteman
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forSimsat 63'minutes
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forRichardsat 64'minutes
  • 3JamesBooked at 11mins
  • 9OkenabirhieSubstituted forSmithat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Lokilo
  • 13Jones
  • 14Smith
  • 17Richards
  • 18Williams
  • 20Sims
  • 21Butler
Referee:
Brett Huxtable

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Anderson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Josh Sims.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Portsmouth) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Booking

    Madger Gomes (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Ryan Williams (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Madger Gomes (Doncaster Rovers).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Matthew Smith replaces Fejiri Okenabirhie.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Michael Jacobs (Portsmouth).

  12. Post update

    Josh Sims (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Williams (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tom Naylor.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Taylor Richards (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brad Halliday.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Michael Jacobs (Portsmouth).

  17. Post update

    Taylor Richards (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reece James (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Ryan Williams replaces Ben Close.

  20. Post update

    Michael Jacobs (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich65101321116
2Hull6501104615
3Lincoln City6411105513
4Peterborough640295412
5Sunderland532061511
6Plymouth6321107311
7Doncaster531194510
8Gillingham631298110
9Accrington6303810-29
10Portsmouth62227618
11Wimbledon62229908
12Bristol Rovers622279-28
13Crewe52126427
14Fleetwood62138717
15Charlton521245-17
16Shrewsbury51314406
17Swindon6204811-36
18Wigan6204510-56
19MK Dons612368-25
20Blackpool6114611-54
21Burton6114814-64
22Northampton6114511-64
23Rochdale6114411-74
24Oxford Utd5104510-53
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