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Portsmouth 2-1 Newport County

Portsmouth against Newport
Portsmouth's win means they are four points behind second-placed Plymouth, who face leaders Doncaster on Sunday

Portsmouth boosted their automatic promotion hopes with a win that dents Newport's League Two survival hopes.

A Kyle Bennett goal just before the interval and Kal Naismith's second-half header were enough for the hosts, despite Alex Samuel's consolation goal leading to a nervy finish.

Pompey are third in League Two but extended their advantage in the battle for automatic promotion to six points.

Newport remain six points adrift of safety with seven games remaining.

The Exiles headed to Fratton Park with three wins from three visits and no goals conceded since their return to the Football League, but this defeat could condemn them to a return to the National League.

In a week it was announced ex-Disney chief, Michael Eisner, is in talks to take over Pompey, Newport showed signs that they were ready to mount a Cinderella story by making a bright start.

They were angered not to be given a penalty in an even first period before Bennett put the hosts ahead on 42 minutes, finishing after Ryan Bird gave away possession.

Naismith's fifth of the season, headed home from Conor Chaplin's cross, looked to have secured the points, but Samuel also nodded home after good work from substitute Mark Randall to give Newport heart.

Forward Marlon Jackson missed a golden opportunity to earn a precious point late on.

Newport County manager Mike Flynn told BBC Radio Wales: "We gave ourselves too much to do, we didn't get going until 2-0 down.

"In saying that, we should have had a clear cut penalty at 0-0 and at places like this, you need that kind of luck.

"The effort was there, I think if the game had been ten minutes longer we would have drawn. We missed three big chances at the end.

"We are in a difficult situation, but we are still fighting."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 2Davies
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 4Rose
  • 8Doyle
  • 7Baker
  • 22NaismithSubstituted forWhatmoughat 83'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forLoweat 71'minutes
  • 17DoyleSubstituted forChaplinat 25'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Whatmough
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 24Linganzi
  • 25Talbot

Newport

  • 1Day
  • 18Pipe
  • 4JonesSubstituted forRandallat 71'minutes
  • 28Demetriou
  • 17Bennett
  • 3Butler
  • 6LabadieBooked at 69mins
  • 20Owen-EvansSubstituted forMyrie-Williamsat 45'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 27RiggBooked at 52mins
  • 40BirdSubstituted forJacksonat 45'minutes
  • 15Samuel

Substitutes

  • 2Barnum-Bobb
  • 8Randall
  • 11Myrie-Williams
  • 13Jackson
  • 19Nelson
  • 30Bittner
  • 42Gordon
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
17,364

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Newport County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Newport County 1.

Attempt missed. Alex Samuel (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Scot Bennett (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jennison Myrie-Williams (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Mark Randall (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jennison Myrie-Williams (Newport County) because of an injury.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

Attempt blocked. Alex Samuel (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jack Whatmough replaces Kal Naismith.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Mark Randall (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Marlon Jackson (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Newport County 1. Alex Samuel (Newport County) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sean Rigg following a set piece situation.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by David Forde.

Attempt saved. Marlon Jackson (Newport County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jamal Lowe replaces Kyle Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Mark Randall replaces Darren Jones.

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

Booking

Joss Labadie (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Tom Davies.

Attempt blocked. Joss Labadie (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Joss Labadie (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Joss Labadie.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Dan Butler.

Tom Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marlon Jackson (Newport County).

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

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

Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Marlon Jackson (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster38239675443178
2Plymouth382261058401872
3Portsmouth392081161352668
4Stevenage391951564521262
5Blackpool391515961402160
6Luton391515956371960
7Exeter391781463471659
8Carlisle391514105658-259
9Mansfield391513114843558
10Colchester39169145551457
11Wycombe391510144747055
12Cambridge38159144842654
13Grimsby391410154648-252
14Barnet391215125053-351
15Accrington381213134849-149
16Crewe391212154554-948
17Crawley39139174760-1348
18Yeovil391016134251-946
19Morecambe39137194661-1546
20Notts County39137194365-2246
21Hartlepool391011184965-1641
22Cheltenham39912183955-1639
23Newport39712204364-2133
24Leyton Orient3995254170-2932
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