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Crawley0Portsmouth2

Crawley Town 0-2 Portsmouth

Portsmouth boosted their hopes of automatic promotion by climbing to third in League Two with a comfortable victory at Crawley Town.

Pompey forward Eoin Doyle had a penalty saved before second-half goals from Christian Burgess and Kyle Bennett sent Crawley crashing to their fourth defeat in the last five home games.

Portsmouth started positively and Bennett had an early shot blocked before Gareth Evans was off target at the near post following a corner from Kal Naismith.

Crawley keeper Glenn Morris confidently held two shots from Danny Rose 10 minutes apart and Portsmouth threatened again when Carl Baker fed Doyle and his goal-bound shot was parried by the alert Morris.

The hosts rarely threatened in the opening period, although striker Rhys Murphy shot wide in space on the edge of the area.

Keeper Morris held an effort by Naismith just before the interval after earlier cutting a dangerous cross by Bennett.

The match sprang into life when a foul by Josh Lelan on Enda Stevens gave Doyle the chance to give Pompey the lead from the penalty spot, but Morris dived to his left to save from the spot for the second match running.

However, from the resulting corner from Naismith, defender Burgess broke the deadlock with a towering header - his fourth goal of the season.

Baker came close to extending the advantage when his low shot was blocked from Naismith's excellent cross.

But Bennett struck to make it 2-0 and secure victory with a fierce shot from the edge of the area to the right of Morris on 71 minutes.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 12Morris
  • 25Lelan
  • 6Connolly
  • 22McNerney
  • 2YoungBooked at 38mins
  • 7BoldewijnSubstituted forBawlingat 76'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 4PayneSubstituted forHendersonat 72'minutes
  • 28CoxSubstituted forB Cliffordat 72'minutes
  • 39Murphy
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 13Mersin
  • 14Blackman
  • 17Bawling
  • 18B Clifford
  • 24Djaló
  • 44Henderson

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Burgess
  • 3StevensSubstituted forHuntat 64'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 4Rose
  • 22Naismith
  • 7Baker
  • 23BennettSubstituted forDaviesat 90'minutes
  • 17DoyleBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 11Roberts
  • 13O'Brien
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 29Opoku Aborah
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
5,350

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Portsmouth 2.

Attempt blocked. Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Booking

Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Carl Baker (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Glenn Morris.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Tom Davies replaces Kyle Bennett.

Delay in match Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) because of an injury.

Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. James Collins (Crawley Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Conor Henderson (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Portsmouth).

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

Hand ball by Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Enzio Boldewijn.

Attempt blocked. Billy Clifford (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Foul by Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town).

Danny Rose (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Billy Clifford (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Josh Lelan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Billy Clifford replaces Dean Cox.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Conor Henderson replaces Josh Payne.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 0, Portsmouth 2. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Noel Hunt.

Attempt blocked. Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town).

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

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Noel Hunt replaces Enda Stevens because of an injury.

Delay in match Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster35209666422469
2Plymouth352051054391565
3Portsmouth351781051312059
4Carlisle35151375651558
5Luton341512753312257
6Stevenage35174145951855
7Exeter351661356411554
8Mansfield35131394338552
9Colchester35149125144751
10Blackpool351214955381750
11Wycombe35148134445-150
12Cambridge34138134441347
13Grimsby35138144142-147
14Barnet351113114347-446
15Morecambe34137144351-846
16Crawley35127164154-1343
17Yeovil35913133344-1140
18Cheltenham35912143846-839
19Crewe35912143752-1539
20Accrington33911133746-938
21Hartlepool35911154659-1338
22Notts County35107183861-2337
23Leyton Orient3595214055-1532
24Newport34511183757-2026
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