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Hartlepool United 0-2 Portsmouth

Portsmouth took another step towards automatic promotion from League Two with a victory at Hartlepool.

Kal Naismith and Gary Roberts grabbed the goals as Paul Cook's men ensured their advantage over fourth-placed Stevenage remains at six points with just six games remaining.

The contest began in end-to-end fashion before Naismith opened the scoring after 17 minutes. Enda Stevens found space on the byeline and picked out the forward, who powered home an unstoppable half-volley.

Hartlepool continued to match the promotion-chasers and almost levelled when Nathan Thomas rattled a post just after half-time.

Portsmouth were menacing every time they went forward, though, and should have added a second when Roberts sent a diving header over the crossbar from six yards.

The hosts were not so lucky moments later as Nicky Featherstone gifted the ball to Naismith who, having seen an initial effort blocked, crossed for Roberts to fire into the roof of the net.

That appeared to knock the wind out of Hartlepool's sails as Portsmouth saw the game out comfortably.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Hartlepool

  • 42Fryer
  • 33DonnellySubstituted forMagnayat 90+2'minutes
  • 8Walker
  • 26Harrison
  • 17Deverdics
  • 14Woods
  • 4Featherstone
  • 15AlessandraBooked at 4mins
  • 11OatesSubstituted forRodneyat 75'minutes
  • 9Amond
  • 7Thomas

Substitutes

  • 2Magnay
  • 6Bates
  • 18Hawkins
  • 28Rooney
  • 31Dudzinski
  • 35Richardson
  • 38Rodney

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 4RoseBooked at 88mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 23Bennett
  • 18LoweSubstituted forChaplinat 80'minutes
  • 22NaismithSubstituted forKabambaat 90'minutes
  • 20HuntSubstituted forRobertsat 45+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Roberts
  • 13O'Brien
  • 15Kabamba
  • 16Whatmough
  • 19Chaplin
  • 24Linganzi
  • 25Talbot
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
4,500

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 2.

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

Foul by Danny Rose (Portsmouth).

Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Carl Magnay replaces Liam Donnelly.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Nicky Deverdics.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Nicke Kabamba replaces Kal Naismith.

Foul by Devante Rodney (Hartlepool United).

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Danny Rose (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Rose (Portsmouth).

Foul by Gary Roberts (Portsmouth).

Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Jamal Lowe.

Foul by Devante Rodney (Hartlepool United).

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

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Devante Rodney replaces Rhys Oates.

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

Foul by Nicky Featherstone (Hartlepool United).

Attempt missed. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United).

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Michael Woods (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

Foul by Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United).

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

Goal!

Goal! Hartlepool United 0, Portsmouth 2. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Kal Naismith.

Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Rose (Portsmouth).

goal

As It Stood

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1Doncaster40249780463481
2Plymouth402361159411875
3Portsmouth402181163352871
4Stevenage402051565521365
5Luton401615957372063
6Exeter401881465481762
7Carlisle401614105858062
8Blackpool4015151061412060
9Mansfield401513124945458
10Wycombe401610144947258
11Cambridge40169155045557
12Colchester40169155654257
13Accrington401413135149255
14Grimsby401410164753-652
15Barnet401215135054-451
16Notts County40147194666-2049
17Crewe401212164656-1048
18Crawley40139184761-1448
19Yeovil401016144253-1146
20Morecambe40137204764-1746
21Cheltenham401012184256-1442
22Hartlepool401011194967-1841
23Newport40812204464-2036
24Leyton Orient4095264172-3132
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