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Colchester United 0-4 Portsmouth

Portsmouth boosted their hopes of automatic promotion from League Two with a hugely impressive win at play-off chasers Colchester.

Eoin Doyle headed Pompey into a first-half lead before Kyle Bennett, Danny Rose and Michael Doyle added further goals in the second period.

Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker denied Kai Naismith and Enda Stevens early on, before George Elokobi nodded U's team-mate Matt Briggs' attempted clearance away from near his own goal-line.

But Portsmouth took a 22nd-minute lead through Eoin Doyle, who dived to head home from close range following Naismith's delivery.

The goalscorer ballooned over just before half-time but Portsmouth did go 2-0 up with the second half just 37 seconds old when Bennett converted Naismith's pass from close range, after Colchester had failed to clear their lines.

Stevens' deflected left-foot effort whistled inches wide of the far post before Pompey went further ahead on the hour when Rose scored at the second attempt after Walker had saved his initial effort, following Eoin Doyle's through ball.

And it was 4-0 with 17 minutes remaining when Michael Doyle converted after Walker had saved Naismith's effort following a devastating counter-attack.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 35JamesBooked at 63mins
  • 3Briggs
  • 15Elokobi
  • 7WrightSubstituted forVincent-Youngat 66'minutes
  • 4Lapslie
  • 23Murray
  • 22GarvanSubstituted forBonneat 68'minutes
  • 11Dickenson
  • 10SzmodicsSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 45'minutes
  • 9Porter

Substitutes

  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 19Bonne
  • 25Barnes
  • 27Pyke
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 33Kinsella

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 4Rose
  • 8Doyle
  • 22NaismithSubstituted forHuntat 74'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forRobertsat 77'minutes
  • 7Baker
  • 17DoyleSubstituted forChaplinat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 11Roberts
  • 13O'Brien
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 24Linganzi
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
6,504

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home5
Away18
Shots on Target
Home0
Away10
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 0, Portsmouth 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 0, Portsmouth 4.

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Matthew Briggs (Colchester United).

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

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Tarique Fosu-Henry (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Eoin Doyle.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

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

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gary Roberts replaces Kyle Bennett.

Attempt missed. Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Sean Murray (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Noel Hunt replaces Kal Naismith.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0, Portsmouth 4. Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Gareth Evans.

Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Owen Garvan.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Kane Vincent-Young replaces Drey Wright.

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Brennan Dickenson.

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

Booking

Cameron James (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Cameron James (Colchester United).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 0, Portsmouth 3. Danny Rose (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

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

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Lapslie.

Attempt blocked. Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).

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

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

Attempt missed. Sean Murray (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster36219668422672
2Plymouth362151056391768
3Portsmouth361881055312462
4Stevenage361841461511058
5Carlisle36151385654258
6Luton351512853332057
7Exeter361661456431354
8Mansfield361313104340352
9Blackpool361215955381751
10Colchester36149135148351
11Wycombe36149134445-151
12Cambridge35148134741650
13Grimsby36148144442250
14Barnet361114114549-447
15Morecambe35137154454-1046
16Crawley36128164356-1344
17Yeovil361013133645-943
18Accrington341011133946-741
19Notts County36117184062-2240
20Cheltenham36912153848-1039
21Crewe36912153854-1639
22Hartlepool36911164761-1438
23Leyton Orient3695224058-1832
24Newport35611183958-1929
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