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Portsmouth 3-0 Crawley Town

Matt Clarke
Matt Clarke scored his first goal for Portsmouth in what could be his final appearance for the club - his current loan deal from Ipswich Town expires in January

Loanees Matt Clarke and Marc McNulty helped Portsmouth ease to victory over Crawley and maintain their challenge for promotion from League Two.

Clarke opened the scoring with a near-post header from Ben Davies' corner.

McNulty doubled Pompey's advantage when he powerfully rifled in Enda Stevens' low cross.

Gwion Edwards struck the bar from a free-kick for the Red Devils, but Gary Roberts added a third on the counter to put the result beyond any doubt.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

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Cook on Portsmouth v Crawley

"We got ourselves into a gear which felt good, we had numerous chances and the game probably could have been over at half time.

"The lads have done smashing over Christmas, they have worked ever so hard.

"We probably haven't got the rewards that we thought we could, after winning at Northampton, beating Crawley. The two games sandwiched in between have been disappointing."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 2Davies
  • 4Webster
  • 20Clarke
  • 3StevensBooked at 88mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 29Hollands
  • 26EvansSubstituted forTollittat 67'minutes
  • 10McNultySubstituted forRobertsat 67'minutes
  • 23Bennett
  • 13LaverySubstituted forChaplinat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McGurk
  • 11Roberts
  • 15Barton
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 25Atangana
  • 35Bass

Crawley

  • 1Flahavan
  • 14Young
  • 25YorwerthSubstituted forAshtonat 23'minutes
  • 6Bradley
  • 24Hancox
  • 20Deacon
  • 4WaltonBooked at 77mins
  • 8SmithSubstituted forEmmanuelat 45'minutes
  • 10RooneySubstituted forTomlinat 77'minutes
  • 7Edwards
  • 18Harrold

Substitutes

  • 12Preston
  • 15Fenelon
  • 16Ashton
  • 17Bawling
  • 21Tomlin
  • 22Jenkins
  • 23Emmanuel
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
16,606

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Crawley Town 0.

Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Caolan Lavery.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Crawley Town 0. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Tollitt.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Crawley Town).

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

Attempt saved. Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Gavin Tomlin replaces Luke Rooney.

Booking

Simon Walton (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Walton (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gary Roberts replaces Marc McNulty.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Gareth Evans.

Attempt saved. Caolan Lavery (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mitch Hancox.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Caolan Lavery (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Ashton (Crawley Town).

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

Hand ball by Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town).

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

Foul by Mitch Hancox (Crawley Town).

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

Hand ball by Caolan Lavery (Portsmouth).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 2, Crawley Town 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Joshua Emmanuel replaces Jimmy Smith.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Crawley Town 0.

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

Foul by Simon Walton (Crawley Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth25164538201852
2Northampton24154542281449
3Oxford Utd25139340211948
4Portsmouth251111344222244
5Bristol Rovers25134836251143
6Wycombe2411763224840
7Accrington22116538261239
8Leyton Orient2591064035537
9Carlisle2310764239337
10Wimbledon259973531436
11Cambridge2510693938136
12Mansfield249873324935
13Morecambe2394104241131
14Crawley2594123244-1231
15Luton2586113838030
16Exeter2486103137-630
17Notts County2486103744-730
18Barnet2584133544-928
19Stevenage2569103445-1127
20Newport2448122739-1220
21Hartlepool2162132035-1520
22Dag & Red2547142645-1919
23Yeovil2538142338-1517
24York2437142647-2116
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