Romain Padovani's first goal in English football saw Portsmouth end a nine-match winless run with victory against Dagenham and Redbridge.

The French former Monaco midfielder, who joined Pompey on a free transfer in the summer, headed in Ricky Holmes' corner on the stroke of half-time.

Patrick Agyemang also went close for the hosts while Chris Dickson wasted two chances for the Daggers.

The victory was Pompey's first since beating Exeter 3-2 on 2 November.

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Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

"Obviously very pleased, relieved, quite proud of the players to be fair. I was, I thought, justified in my criticism last week; you have to take the good bits with the bad bits and I have to say I can't give them enough praise today. Maybe they needed a kick up the backside, I don't know, but their response today was fantastic.

"I thought in the first half the football was excellent. In the second half I thought they showed a real desire to not lose the game so if we can put the two together, then who knows, but there's a long way to go yet.

"I'm pleased for the supporters that they've got something to sing about and enjoy their Christmas."

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