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Grimsby Town 0-1 Portsmouth

A late free-kick from substitute Kal Naismith earned Portsmouth victory over Grimsby at Blundell Park.

His curling strike from 25 yards, after replacing top scorer Gary Roberts, was enough to settle the match five minutes from time.

A crowd of 6,560 attended the League Two clash in Cleethorpes.

Early on, it took a fingertip save from Grimsby stopper James McKeown to deny Gareth Evans, before Danny Rose also dragged wide for Pompey.

Other chances were few and far between for the remainder of the first half but soon after the restart, McKeown had to be on red alert as Michael Smith bore down on goal, only to shoot straight at the goalkeeper.

At the other end, a dipping volley from Ashley Chambers brought the best out of David Forde.

It sparked the season-high crowd into life and the introduction of Tom Bolarinwa from the bench had a similar impact on Grimsby.

But a spell of home pressure proved to be in vain as Naismith curled a fine winner past McKeown.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 12MillsBooked at 84mins
  • 6GowlingBooked at 51mins
  • 16BerrettBooked at 85mins
  • 3Andrew
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forBolarinwaat 58'minutes
  • 22Collins
  • 19Summerfield
  • 26ComleySubstituted forVernonat 72'minutes
  • 14Jackson
  • 9Bogle

Substitutes

  • 5Pearson
  • 8Disley
  • 17Venney
  • 18Bolarinwa
  • 20Boyce
  • 21Vernon
  • 30Henderson

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Burgess
  • 3StevensBooked at 82mins
  • 7Baker
  • 4Rose
  • 8Doyle
  • 26EvansBooked at 90mins
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forNaismithat 76'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forHuntat 88'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forChaplinat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 10Lalkovic
  • 13O'Brien
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 22Naismith
  • 24Linganzi
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
6,560

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

Booking

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Kayden Jackson (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Noel Hunt replaces Michael Smith.

Attempt saved. Scott Vernon (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 0, Portsmouth 1. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

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

Foul by Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town).

Booking

James Berrett (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by James Berrett (Grimsby Town).

Booking

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

Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

Tom Bolarinwa (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke Summerfield.

Foul by Michael Smith (Portsmouth).

Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Kyle Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Gary Roberts.

Foul by Michael Smith (Portsmouth).

James Berrett (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Josh Gowling (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Scott Vernon replaces Brandon Comley.

Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Portsmouth).

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

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

Foul by James Berrett (Grimsby Town).

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

Foul by Omar Bogle (Grimsby Town).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by David Forde.

Attempt saved. Tom Bolarinwa (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Carl Baker (Portsmouth).

Danny Andrew (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Tom Bolarinwa replaces Ashley Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

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4Portsmouth20104633201334
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6Wycombe209472522331
7Blackpool2086635221330
8Barnet207942827130
9Cambridge208482623328
10Yeovil208482424028
11Stevenage208393031-127
12Grimsby207582726126
13Mansfield206862125-426
14Crewe206862227-526
15Crawley207582332-926
16Colchester206682726124
17Exeter2072112326-323
18Morecambe1972102336-1323
19Hartlepool205782837-922
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21Leyton Orient2063112226-421
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23Cheltenham203982131-1018
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