League Two
Portsmouth1Exeter2

Portsmouth 1-2 Exeter City

David Wheeler
David Wheeler started his career with non-league Lewes

Exeter won at Portsmouth for the first time in 92 years to end the hosts' unbeaten League Two start and knock them off top spot in the table.

Pompey's Gareth Evans was twice denied early on, but Exeter went in front through David Wheeler's angled drive.

Aaron Davies' well-placed header put City in control as keeper Aaron McCarey failed to hold a left-wing cross.

Gary Roberts' deflected strike pulled one back in stoppage time, but it was too little, too late for the home side.

Portsmouth had plenty of second-half possession but repeatedly failed to capitalise as Danny Butterfield cleared off the line from Kyle Bennett, and Matt Tubbs headed over from close in.

The Grecians' reward for a second away win of the season was to climb up to ninth in the table, while Pompey drop to third place after wins for Wycombe and Plymouth.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 27McCarey
  • 2Davies
  • 6BurgessBooked at 54mins
  • 20Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 15Barton
  • 29HollandsSubstituted forDoyleat 81'minutes
  • 26EvansSubstituted forRobertsat 66'minutes
  • 19ChaplinSubstituted forTubbsat 55'minutes
  • 23BennettBooked at 65mins
  • 17Stockley

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 8Doyle
  • 9Tubbs
  • 11Roberts
  • 14Naismith
  • 25Atangana
  • 35Bass

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 26Tillson
  • 39Brown
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 4NobleSubstituted forButterfieldat 45'minutes
  • 19OyelekeSubstituted forHoskinsat 79'minutes
  • 11Davies
  • 31GrantSubstituted forMcCreadyat 73'minutes
  • 22Wheeler
  • 10Holmes

Substitutes

  • 2Butterfield
  • 13Morrison
  • 14Nicholls
  • 16Hoskins
  • 20Nichols
  • 23McCready
  • 30Pym
Referee:
Nick Kinseley
Attendance:
15,822

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home69%
Away31%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Exeter City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Exeter City 2.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Exeter City 2. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Burgess.

Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Arron Davies (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) header from very close range is too high.

Attempt missed. Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Michael Doyle replaces Danny Hollands.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Will Hoskins replaces Manny Oyeleke.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Arron Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Tom McCready replaces Joel Grant.

Foul by Adam Barton (Portsmouth).

Danny Butterfield (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gary Roberts replaces Gareth Evans.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth).

Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Danny Butterfield.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Arron Davies (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Troy Brown.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 0, Exeter City 2. Arron Davies (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lee Holmes.

Attempt saved. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Matt Tubbs replaces Conor Chaplin.

Booking

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Troy Brown (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Danny Butterfield (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe10631145921
2Plymouth10622168820
3Portsmouth105411710719
4Accrington10541147719
5Leyton Orient105321712518
6Oxford Utd10451138517
7Mansfield10442136716
8Carlisle104421919016
9Exeter105141515016
10Northampton104331311215
11Luton104241714314
12Morecambe104241717014
13Notts County104241516-114
14Bristol Rovers10415109113
15Cambridge103431213-113
16Wimbledon103431113-213
17Hartlepool104151013-313
18Barnet103161318-510
19York102351114-39
20Stevenage102351117-69
21Crawley10235915-69
22Yeovil102171118-77
23Dag & Red10145917-87
24Newport10127618-125
View full League Two table

Top Stories