League Two
Portsmouth4Hartlepool0

Portsmouth 4-0 Hartlepool United

Caolan Lavery
Caolan Lavery opened the scoring with a superb shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Portsmouth scored two in each half to thump disappointing Hartlepool.

The hosts took the lead when Caolan Lavery curled a superb effort in after 12 minutes from the edge of the box.

Visiting defender Adam Jackson diverted a Ben Davies centre into his own net to make it 2-0 to Pompey at the break.

Marc McNulty teed up Gareth Evans for the third before the former got on the scoresheet with a calm finish beyond Pools keeper Trevor Carson from an Enda Stevens pass.

Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Solent:

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Richardson on Pompey v Hartlepool

"The win is good for the lads going into the start of the Christmas period and obviously the four goals are an extra bonus.

"Hartlepool are a good team. As you've seen in spells today, they can handle the ball, they offer a threat at the top end of the pitch and they do make you work.

"I think we have found a little bit of momentum in our play and in our fluency, certainly in areas of the pitch.

"I personally think we can get a little bit better with a little bit more hard work and the lads are on that page at the minute."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 3Stevens
  • 4Webster
  • 6BurgessSubstituted forClarkeat 85'minutes
  • 2Davies
  • 29Hollands
  • 8Doyle
  • 26Evans
  • 13LaverySubstituted forMcGurkat 80'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forTollittat 75'minutes
  • 10McNulty

Substitutes

  • 7McGurk
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Clarke
  • 33Close
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 3Carroll
  • 6Bates
  • 26Jackson
  • 21Duckworth
  • 30Gray
  • 16Featherstone
  • 2MagnaySubstituted forWalkerat 75'minutes
  • 15Oates
  • 9BinghamBooked at 59mins
  • 17FenwickSubstituted forMandronat 75'minutesBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 5Harrison
  • 8Walker
  • 13Bartlett
  • 14Woods
  • 19Richards
  • 23Smith
  • 32Mandron
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
15,610

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 4, Hartlepool United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 4, Hartlepool United 0.

Attempt saved. Rakish Bingham (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ben Tollitt (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 4, Hartlepool United 0. Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Mikael Mandron (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam McGurk (Portsmouth).

Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Matthew Clarke replaces Christian Burgess because of an injury.

Booking

Mikael Mandron (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mikael Mandron (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Adam McGurk replaces Caolan Lavery.

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Gray (Hartlepool United).

Foul by Ben Tollitt (Portsmouth).

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Kyle Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Mikael Mandron replaces Scott Fenwick.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Brad Walker replaces Carl Magnay.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Portsmouth).

Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Rhys Oates.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Michael Duckworth.

Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United).

Hand ball by Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

Jake Gray (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Hartlepool United 0. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Rakish Bingham (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton21134437261143
2Oxford Utd21118232171541
3Plymouth21124531181340
4Portsmouth21910237181937
5Accrington19105434221235
6Carlisle219753937234
7Mansfield2196629191033
8Bristol Rovers2110382924533
9Leyton Orient218853328532
10Wycombe198652419530
11Exeter208662827130
12Cambridge218583232029
13Wimbledon217772728-128
14Notts County208483133-228
15Crawley218492834-628
16Morecambe208393737027
17Luton217593532326
18Stevenage216782937-825
19Barnet2164112837-922
20Hartlepool2062121933-1420
21Newport2147102433-919
22Dag & Red2127122137-1613
23Yeovil2126132136-1512
24York2126132344-2112
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