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Crewe Alexandra 0-0 Portsmouth

Portsmouth were left frustrated by a spirited Crewe Alexandra as Paul Cook's side were held to a goalless League Two draw at Gresty Road.

Pompey substitute Curtis Main went closest with a second-half header but the Alex, who have started the campaign in promising fashion after last season's relegation, deserved their point.

Portsmouth took an early grip on the game when Michael Smith was lose to connecting with Kal Naismith's driven cross.

But Crewe posed problems on the break through strike partners Ryan Lowe and Chris Dagnall, who flicked a George Cooper cross just past the post.

Portsmouth defender Christian Burgess got in the way of a Charlie Kirk effort, while, at the other end Milan Lalkovic's effort dropped onto the roof of the net.

Lowe conjured up an equally ambitious effort when spotting goalkeeper David Forde off his line, but his effort from 40 yards out fell a couple of yards past the post.

Portsmouth moved up a gear after the break but, when Gary Roberts did slip Michael Doyle in on goal, a timely block from Harry Davis prevented the Pompey skipper from getting his shot away.

Main glanced a header past the far post after Carl Baker's corner was flicked into his path before then almost turning the ball in from close range.

However, Crewe, who knocked Sheffield United out of the EFL Cup in midweek, were still a threat and Billy Bingham's blast forced a save out of Forde.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 4Davis
  • 3Guthrie
  • 14Bakayogo
  • 11CooperSubstituted forKiwomyaat 59'minutes
  • 8Jones
  • 18Bingham
  • 20KirkSubstituted forAinleyat 67'minutes
  • 7Lowe
  • 9DagnallBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 5Ray
  • 6Nugent
  • 10Saunders
  • 13Richards
  • 17Udoh
  • 22Kiwomya
  • 25Ainley

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 25Talbot
  • 6Burgess
  • 16WhatmoughSubstituted forBartonat 74'minutes
  • 22NaismithBooked at 84mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 4Rose
  • 7Baker
  • 11Roberts
  • 10LalkovicSubstituted forMainat 55'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forBennettat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13O'Brien
  • 14Main
  • 15Barton
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 21Buxton
  • 23Bennett
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
4,742

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 0, Portsmouth 0.

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

Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).

Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Attempt blocked. Ryan Lowe (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Kiwomya (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

Oliver Turton (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Curtis Main (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range misses to the right.

Delay in match Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.

Alex Kiwomya (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Portsmouth) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Zoumana Bakayogo.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Adam Barton replaces Jack Whatmough because of an injury.

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Alex Kiwomya (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

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

Attempt saved. Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Drew Talbot.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Charlie Kirk.

Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

Attempt blocked. Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Curtis Main (Portsmouth).

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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