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Cambridge United 1-3 Portsmouth

Matt Tubbs gives Portsmouth the lead at Cambridge
Matt Tubbs fired in a shot to give Portsmouth the lead at Cambridge

Portsmouth came from behind to maintain their unbeaten away record with victory in an eventful game at Cambridge.

Robbie Simpson gave the hosts a controversial lead as he raced through.

Cambridge's Mark Roberts was sent off for violent conduct at half-time and Pompey equalised through Leon Legge's own goal after the interval.

Matt Tubbs finished a Gareth Evans cross for the lead and headed a second to seal a win slightly marred by an injury-time red card for Gareth Evans.

Evans was sent off for a foul on Elliot Omozusi, but the late dismissal did not prevent Paul Cook's side going temporarily joint top of League Two on goal difference.

Neither did the confusing nature of Cambridge's goal.

An offside flag was raised as Simpson latched on to Luke Berry's pass behind the visiting defence and Portsmouth's players stopped in their tracks.

Simpson carried on to round goalkeeper Aaron McCarey and score and, despite protests, referee Seb Stockbridge let the goal stand and overruled the assistant's decision.

Cambridge's Roberts was sent off as tempers frayed again among the players as they made their way to the tunnel for the interval. He clashed with McCarey and Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson.

Portsmouth eventually made the man advantage count as Tubbs's shot was deflected past Sam Beasant via Legge's attempted clearance.

Within 120 seconds, the former Bournemouth striker had a goal of his own and his second in as many games.

His low right-foot shot rifled past Beasant and then he was in the right place to head in to a vacant net in the closing moments, netting on the rebound after Kal Naismith hit the bar, to make the points safe.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

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Cook on Cambridge v Portsmouth

"It was a good test for us at half-time, because a patient passing game that we can usually be criticised for certainly worked well today.

"Our ball retention in the second half moved them about really well. We got deeper and deeper and then we were able to score goals by putting quality in the box.

"(Cambridge's goal) was offside, the linesman flagged for offside and then we get told the referee said it came off us.

"We watched it again, Berry passes forward for his player, and he's offside. Listen, whether good or bad, the referees make decisions. I'll never criticise them, if we got beat 1-0 today I would say the same thing."

Line-ups

Cambridge

  • 13Beasant
  • 2Omozusi
  • 6Legge
  • 5RobertsBooked at 45mins
  • 25Demetriou
  • 7DonaldsonSubstituted forNewtonat 73'minutes
  • 18HughesBooked at 80mins
  • 8Berry
  • 11DunkSubstituted forMorrisseyat 83'minutes
  • 10CorrBooked at 11mins
  • 15SimpsonSubstituted forTaftat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 16Morrissey
  • 17Hughes
  • 21Gaffney
  • 22Taft
  • 24Newton
  • 26Akintunde

Portsmouth

  • 27McCarey
  • 2DaviesBooked at 79mins
  • 6Burgess
  • 20ClarkeSubstituted forWebsterat 65'minutes
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 15BartonSubstituted forAtanganaat 89'minutes
  • 26EvansBooked at 90mins
  • 23BennettSubstituted forNaismithat 75'minutes
  • 11Roberts
  • 9Tubbs

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 14Naismith
  • 19Chaplin
  • 25Atangana
  • 29Hollands
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
6,607

Match Stats

Home TeamCambridgeAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home2
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Cambridge United 1, Portsmouth 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cambridge United 1, Portsmouth 3.

Dismissal

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) is shown the red card.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Elliot Omozusi (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gearoid Morrissey (Cambridge United).

Elliot Omozusi (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Nigel Atangana replaces Adam Barton.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 1, Portsmouth 3. Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) header from very close range to the top right corner.

Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leon Legge (Cambridge United).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by George Taft.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Gearoid Morrissey replaces Harrison Dunk.

Adam Barton (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jeff Hughes (Cambridge United).

Booking

Jeff Hughes (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jeff Hughes (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Kyle Bennett.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Elliot Omozusi.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Conor Newton replaces Ryan Donaldson.

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Barry Corr (Cambridge United).

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 1, Portsmouth 2. Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

Goal!

Goal! Cambridge United 1, Portsmouth 1. Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Hand ball by Barry Corr (Cambridge United).

Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Adam Webster replaces Matthew Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Sam Beasant.

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth126512011923
2Plymouth11722189923
3Oxford Utd12651179823
4Mansfield126422091122
5Accrington126421711622
6Wycombe11632168821
7Leyton Orient126332216621
8Northampton126331814421
9Carlisle125432222019
10Luton125342216618
11Morecambe125252323017
12Exeter115241616017
13Bristol Rovers115151412216
14Wimbledon124441314-116
15Notts County114251619-314
16Cambridge123541518-314
17Hartlepool124171219-713
18Crawley123361319-612
19York122551417-311
20Barnet123181422-810
21Yeovil122371320-79
22Stevenage112361118-79
23Dag & Red121561423-98
24Newport12138722-156
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