League Two
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Notts County 1-3 Portsmouth

Portsmouth celebrate goal
Portsmouth's promotion comes seven years after they were relegated from the Premier League

Portsmouth sealed promotion after four years in League Two with victory over Notts County at Meadow Lane.

Three relegations in four seasons saw Pompey fall from the Premier League to League Two between 2010 and 2013, but their seventh win from nine games sees the club seal promotion from the fourth tier.

Gareth Evans put Paul Cook's side ahead from the spot against Notts County after a foul on Kai Naismith by Richard Duffy.

County drew level in the second half, however, when Jorge Grant found the corner from Elliott Hewitt's pass.

Jamal Lowe restored Pompey's lead with an angled shot in the second half and, with Luton drawing at Mansfield, sparked the celebrations with a second in the 90th minute.

Pompey on the rise after fall

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When Harry Redknapp led Portsmouth to the FA Cup in 2008, along with an eighth-placed Premier League finish, few could have expected what was to come.

Under the management of Paul Hart, and then Avram Grant, Pompey were relegated from the Premier League in 2010.

They received a nine-point deduction in March that year for entering administration and were docked 10 points in 2012 for the same reason, which saw them relegated to League One.

In April 2013, shortly before relegation to the bottom tier, the south coast club were taken over by The Pompey Supporters Trust and exited administration.

After seasons finishing 13th and 16th in League Two, Paul Cook was appointed as manager and led the club to sixth in his first season, only to be beaten by Plymouth in the play-off semi-final.

But this campaign, with their 23rd win of the season, the Englishman has secured a long-awaited high in the club's recent history.

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Collin
  • 2Tootle
  • 5Duffy
  • 6Hollis
  • 16BolaBooked at 90mins
  • 24CampbellSubstituted forCampbellat 75'minutes
  • 8O'ConnorBooked at 30minsSubstituted forYeatesat 45+2'minutes
  • 18Hewitt
  • 12Milsom
  • 17Grant
  • 30Stead

Substitutes

  • 3Dickinson
  • 4Smith
  • 10Yeates
  • 11Forte
  • 14Campbell
  • 23Clackstone
  • 35Searson

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 6Burgess
  • 16Whatmough
  • 3Stevens
  • 24LinganziBooked at 60mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 23BennettSubstituted forOpoku Aborahat 90+1'minutes
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forChaplinat 61'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 7BakerSubstituted forLoweat 69'minutes
  • 22NaismithBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 13O'Brien
  • 14Main
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Chaplin
  • 25Talbot
  • 29Opoku Aborah
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
12,184

Match Stats

Home TeamNotts CountyAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Notts County 1, Portsmouth 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Notts County 1, Portsmouth 3.

Booking

Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Tootle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Stanley Aborah replaces Kyle Bennett.

Booking

Marc Bola (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Richard Duffy (Notts County).

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, Portsmouth 3. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Doyle.

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

Attempt blocked. Robert Milsom (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tahvon Campbell (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

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

Foul by Richard Duffy (Notts County).

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

Tahvon Campbell (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Robert Milsom (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Robert Milsom (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Booking

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, Portsmouth 2. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Tahvon Campbell replaces Adam Campbell.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jamal Lowe replaces Carl Baker.

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Marc Bola (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Carl Baker (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 Gary Roberts.

Booking

Amine Linganzi (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Haydn Hollis.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jorge Grant.

Goal!

Goal! Notts County 1, Portsmouth 1. Jorge Grant (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Elliott Hewitt.

Attempt missed. Adam Campbell (Notts County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Kyle Bennett.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster432510882483485
2Plymouth432571168442482
3Portsmouth432391170383278
4Luton431717961402168
5Stevenage43206176658866
6Exeter431981667511665
7Blackpool4316161163441964
8Carlisle431616116162-164
9Cambridge43189165547863
10Colchester431711156256662
11Accrington431614135551462
12Mansfield431614135147462
13Wycombe431711155451362
14Grimsby431610175357-458
15Notts County43158205172-2153
16Barnet431215165159-851
17Morecambe43149205066-1651
18Yeovil431116164657-1149
19Crewe431213185064-1449
20Crawley431310204864-1649
21Cheltenham431114184760-1347
22Hartlepool431013205271-1943
23Newport431012214770-2342
24Leyton Orient43106274578-3336
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