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Portsmouth 0-1 Crewe Alexandra

Portsmouth's automatic promotion hopes suffered a blow as Paul Cook's side slumped to defeat against lowly Crewe at Fratton Park.

George Ray's header 13 minutes from time capped a miserable week for Pompey after being held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Morecambe on Tuesday.

Callum Cooke sent in a ball from the left and defender Ray rose highest at the back post to nod past goalkeeper David Forde.

Crewe would have been in front seconds before half-time but for Enda Stevens clearing a Ben Nugent header off the line after Forde flapped at a corner.

The visitors produced a stubborn defensive display, reducing Pompey to few clear-cut scoring opportunities.

Striker Eoin Doyle should have done better with a ninth-minute header which he sent over the crossbar from Stevens' centre.

Gary Roberts also curled a long-range free-kick narrowly over the frame of the goal while Kal Naismith could not keep his effort down after Kyle Bennett had crossed.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26EvansBooked at 70mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Burgess
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 24LinganziSubstituted forChaplinat 50'minutes
  • 22Naismith
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forHuntat 79'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forBakerat 63'minutes
  • 17Doyle

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 4Rose
  • 7Baker
  • 13O'Brien
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Turton
  • 5Ray
  • 6Nugent
  • 14Bakayogo
  • 18Bingham
  • 24CookeSubstituted forCooperat 80'minutes
  • 8JonesBooked at 58mins
  • 22KiwomyaSubstituted forAinleyat 90+3'minutes
  • 16Bowery
  • 21Wintle

Substitutes

  • 11Cooper
  • 13Richards
  • 20Kirk
  • 23Ng
  • 25Ainley
  • 30Pickering
  • 35Finney
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
16,810

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Alex Kiwomya.

Hand ball by Noel Hunt (Portsmouth).

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by George Cooper.

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

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ben Nugent.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. George Cooper replaces Callum Cooke.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Noel Hunt replaces Gary Roberts.

Carl Baker (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 0, Crewe Alexandra 1. George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Cooke with a cross following a corner.

Attempt saved. Billy Bingham (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Callum Cooke.

Foul by Carl Baker (Portsmouth).

Billy Bingham (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth).

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

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

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Nugent (Crewe Alexandra).

Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

Foul by Gary Roberts (Portsmouth).

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Carl Baker replaces Kyle Bennett.

Booking

James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster35209666422469
2Plymouth34205954361865
3Carlisle35151375651558
4Luton341512753312257
5Portsmouth341681049311856
6Stevenage35174145951855
7Exeter351661356411554
8Mansfield35131394338552
9Colchester35149125144751
10Wycombe35148134445-150
11Blackpool341114952381447
12Cambridge34138134441347
13Grimsby35138144142-147
14Barnet351113114347-446
15Morecambe34137144351-846
16Crawley34127154152-1143
17Yeovil35913133344-1140
18Cheltenham35912143846-839
19Crewe35912143752-1539
20Accrington33911133746-938
21Hartlepool35911154659-1338
22Notts County35107183861-2337
23Leyton Orient3595214055-1532
24Newport34511183757-2026
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