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Portsmouth 4-0 Grimsby Town

Portsmouth recorded a second successive four-goal victory as they took another step in gaining promotion to League One by dismantling Grimsby at Fratton Park.

Kyle Bennett, Danny Rose and Carl Baker scored first-half goals before Kal Naismith added a fourth shortly after the interval.

Pompey find themselves just four points shy of second placed Plymouth following a third straight win.

The home side took the lead after 12 minutes when Bennett struck a shot from outside the area, which took a heavy deflection as it looped over visiting goalkeeper James McKeown.

Their lead doubled midway through the first half when Gareth Evans' pass was dummied by Bennett, leaving Rose to find the net with a deflected strike from distance.

Pompey added another goal on the stroke of half-time when Evans and Baker linked up down the right before the midfielder smashed his effort into the roof of the net.

Less than a minute into the second half the home side got their fourth after McKeown could only parry Baker's long-range shot into the path of Naismith, who made no mistakes completing the rout.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Burgess
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 4Rose
  • 7Baker
  • 22NaismithSubstituted forLoweat 68'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forRobertsat 44'minutes
  • 17DoyleSubstituted forChaplinat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 11Roberts
  • 13O'Brien
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 24Linganzi

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 2Davies
  • 22Collins
  • 5Pearson
  • 3Andrew
  • 34Maxwell
  • 32OsborneSubstituted forComleyat 57'minutes
  • 12Mills
  • 35JonesSubstituted forDisleyat 57'minutes
  • 33AsanteSubstituted forYussufat 81'minutes
  • 21Vernon

Substitutes

  • 8Disley
  • 10Vose
  • 18Bolarinwa
  • 20Boyce
  • 26Comley
  • 27Yussuf
  • 29Dyson
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
16,492

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home23
Away3
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 4, Grimsby Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 4, Grimsby Town 0.

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Danny Andrew.

Danny Rose (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Maxwell (Grimsby Town).

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Eoin Doyle.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Adi Yussuf replaces Akwasi Asante.

Foul by Carl Baker (Portsmouth).

Zak Mills (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Zak Mills.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by James McKeown.

Attempt saved. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jamal Lowe replaces Kal Naismith.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

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

Luke Maxwell (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Doyle (Portsmouth).

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Brandon Comley replaces Jamey Osborne.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Craig Disley replaces Sam Jones.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Zak Mills.

Attempt blocked. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Scott Vernon (Grimsby Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Gareth Evans.

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

Foul by Sam Jones (Grimsby Town).

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Jamey Osborne (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 4, Grimsby Town 0. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carl Baker.

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 3, Grimsby Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Grimsby Town 0.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Grimsby Town 0. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gareth Evans with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster37229671432875
2Plymouth372161057401769
3Portsmouth371981059312865
4Carlisle37151485654259
5Luton361513853332058
6Stevenage37184156152958
7Exeter371761459431657
8Blackpool371315956381854
9Colchester37159135348554
10Mansfield371313114342152
11Wycombe371410134546-152
12Cambridge36148144742550
13Grimsby37148154446-250
14Barnet361114114549-447
15Morecambe36137164455-1146
16Accrington351111134446-244
17Crawley37128174359-1644
18Yeovil361013133645-943
19Crewe371012154154-1342
20Hartlepool371011164861-1341
21Notts County37117194165-2440
22Cheltenham37912163851-1339
23Newport36711184058-1832
24Leyton Orient3795234063-2332
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