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Stevenage 1-0 Portsmouth

Stevenage strengthened their position in the League Two play-off places with victory over managerless Portsmouth.

Tom Pett's blistering shot from the edge of the box put the home side ahead after just three minutes.

Bira Dembele almost doubled Stevenage's lead before half-time but he struck his shot over from Simon Walton's corner.

Craig Westcarr thought he had equalised for Pompey midway through the second-half but his goal was ruled out for offside.

Graham Westley's side now sit six points above eighth-placed Luton with three games remaining, while the defeat was the first for Portsmouth, who remain 12th, following the resignation of Andy Awford on Tuesday.

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Gary Waddock: Portsmouth caretaker boss on Stevenage defeat

Portsmouth caretaker boss Gary Waddock:

"As well as we've played, especially second half, goals win games and we've conceded an early goal again. I can't fault the players, their effort, their commitment and the way they've gone about it. We've not had that luck in front of goal, but if the lads continue in the remaining fixtures to perform like that, that's all I'm asking.

"We dominated the game. These are a very good team. They're very strong here, they're getting into the playoff positions, and we've come away with a very good performance, but no points.

"As much as you want to have chances towards the end, we didn't change the way we approached the second half because it works for us. I'm a great believer in if you think one way's the right way to do it. I don't want to change it all of a sudden in the last few minutes - even though everybody wants us to throw it into the box."

Stevenage boss Graham Westley:

"I thought our lads, with the lead, we were dogged, were resilient, were determined.

"We scored the goal from a set piece that won the game and we were able to grind the three points out.

"Our intention was to get out and get after the game and I think we did that.

"We could have easily got a couple of goals late on to make the game more comfortable."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 6Bond
  • 19WellsBooked at 79mins
  • 3Dembele
  • 23Okimo
  • 32ConlonSubstituted forKeaneat 57'minutes
  • 18Parrett
  • 8WaltonBooked at 43minsSubstituted forLeeat 57'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Pett
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forAndradeat 81'minutes
  • 7Whelpdale

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 4Worley
  • 22Lee
  • 25Henry
  • 36Andrade
  • 37Keane
  • 43Akinyemi

Portsmouth

  • 1Jones
  • 2Webster
  • 5DeveraBooked at 44mins
  • 24Nosworthy
  • 17Shorey
  • 34ButlerBooked at 81mins
  • 25AtanganaSubstituted forFogdenat 81'minutes
  • 21Dunne
  • 29Hollands
  • 14TubbsSubstituted forMcCallumat 70'minutes
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forWestcarrat 27'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Ertl
  • 15McCallum
  • 19Fogden
  • 20Westcarr
  • 22Poke
  • 33Close
  • 36Chaplin
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
3,615

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 1, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Portsmouth 0.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Attempt missed. Nyron Nosworthy (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Bira Dembélé.

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Chris Beardsley.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Wes Fogden replaces Nigel Atangana.

Booking

Dan Butler (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

(Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dan Butler (Portsmouth).

Booking

Dean Wells (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Dean Wells (Stevenage).

Craig Westcarr (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Stevenage).

James Dunne (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Paul McCallum replaces Matt Tubbs.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

Nyron Nosworthy (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Devera.

Attempt blocked. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Lee replaces Simon Walton.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Keith Keane replaces Tom Conlon.

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Stevenage).

Dan Butler (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Chris Day.

Attempt saved. Dan Butler (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Second Half

Second Half begins Stevenage 1, Portsmouth 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Stevenage 1, Portsmouth 0.

Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Webster (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Bira Dembélé (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by James Dunne.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton42259860342684
2Shrewsbury432581065293683
3Wycombe432214764422280
4Bury422371256391776
5Southend422112950351575
6Stevenage431911135950968
7Plymouth4318111450331765
8Luton431711154943662
9Newport431711154750-362
10Exeter431613145861-361
11Northampton43177196256658
12Morecambe431512164849-157
13Wimbledon431414155357-456
14Portsmouth431314164951-253
15Dag & Red43158205055-553
16Oxford Utd431216154449-552
17Accrington431410195470-1652
18York431118144547-251
19Cambridge431212195660-448
20Mansfield43139213555-2048
21Carlisle42136235069-1945
22Hartlepool43118243463-2941
23Cheltenham43913213963-2440
24Tranmere43912224360-1739
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