Portsmouth 1-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

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:

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Post-match: Pompey boss Barker

"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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield2211741440
2Oxford Utd2210841538
3Scunthorpe221084738
4Burton221156438
5Newport211074937
6Southend221147837
7Rochdale221147537
8Fleetwood221129635
9Morecambe231058-235
10Cheltenham23896-133
11Dag & Red22868230
12Exeter22859-329
13Plymouth22859-529
14Hartlepool22778128
15Wycombe22769027
16Wimbledon21768-227
17Portsmouth22679-825
18Accrington226610-624
19Bristol Rovers22589-323
20York224108-422
21Mansfield225710-922
22Torquay225710-1122
23Bury22499-421
24Northampton224612-1318
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