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Mansfield Town 0-1 Portsmouth

Carl Baker kept Portsmouth's League Two title hopes alive with the only goal of a tense game at play-off chasers Mansfield.

The midfielder turned Krystian Pearce to grab the winner after 57 minutes, the ball taking a deflection off Conor Chaplain on its way in.

The home side dominated the first half without troubling Pompey goalkeeper David Forde.

Mansfield were furious with referee Lee Swabey three minutes after the break when last man Matt Clarke brought down Danny Rose when he looked clean through, but was only booked.

The Stags also had a goal disallowed when Rhys Bennett was judged offside, before Baker struck just six minutes later

Mansfield piled on the pressure and wasted two golden chances as Alex MacDonald headed across goal before Matt Green lobbed over the bar when one-on-one with Forde.

Kal Naismith wasted a late chance to kill the game when he lifted over from six yards, but it didn't matter in the end.

The defeat leaves the Stags relying on other results to secure a play-off place on the final weekend, while Portsmouth are third, two points adrift of leaders Plymouth.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Mansfield

  • 21Kean
  • 16WhiteBooked at 28mins
  • 2BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 5PearceBooked at 90mins
  • 3Benning
  • 4CollinsSubstituted forGreenat 68'minutes
  • 28WhitemanBooked at 60mins
  • 26Byrom
  • 18MacDonaldSubstituted forHobanat 86'minutes
  • 7Coulthirst
  • 32RoseSubstituted forTaftat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Taft
  • 8Potter
  • 9Hoban
  • 10Green
  • 12Jensen
  • 22Hamilton
  • 24McGuire

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 6Burgess
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 51mins
  • 3StevensBooked at 59mins
  • 4Rose
  • 8Doyle
  • 7BakerBooked at 11minsSubstituted forRobertsat 77'minutes
  • 22Naismith
  • 23BennettBooked at 60minsSubstituted forOpoku Aborahat 78'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 19ChaplinSubstituted forWhatmoughat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Roberts
  • 13O'Brien
  • 15Kabamba
  • 16Whatmough
  • 18Lowe
  • 24Linganzi
  • 29Opoku Aborah
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
6,819

Match Stats

Home TeamMansfieldAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Mansfield Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Mansfield Town 0, Portsmouth 1.

Attempt missed. Stanley Aborah (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town).

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

Booking

Rhys Bennett (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Rhys Bennett (Mansfield Town).

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

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Pat Hoban replaces Alexander MacDonald.

Hayden White (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stanley Aborah (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Benjamin Whiteman (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. George Taft replaces Danny Rose.

Booking

Stanley Aborah (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stanley Aborah (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Matt Green (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Stanley Aborah replaces Kyle Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gary Roberts replaces Carl Baker.

Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Enda Stevens (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Shaquile Coulthirst (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Rose (Mansfield Town) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Benjamin Whiteman (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Malvind Benning (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jack Whatmough replaces Conor Chaplin.

Substitution

Substitution, Mansfield Town. Matt Green replaces Lee Collins.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

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

Attempt saved. Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Benjamin Whiteman (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Rose (Mansfield Town).

Goal!

Goal! Mansfield Town 0, Portsmouth 1. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth452681170452586
2Doncaster4525101084533185
3Portsmouth452591173393484
4Luton451917967422574
5Exeter452181673532071
6Carlisle451717116666068
7Blackpool4517161266452167
8Stevenage45207186760767
9Cambridge45199175849966
10Colchester451812156557866
11Wycombe451812155753466
12Mansfield451714145248465
13Accrington451614155656062
14Grimsby451710185862-461
15Barnet451415165660-457
16Notts County45168215374-2156
17Crewe451313195466-1252
18Morecambe451410215270-1852
19Yeovil451117174962-1350
20Cheltenham451214194863-1550
21Crawley451311215169-1850
22Newport451112224972-2345
23Hartlepool451013225274-2243
24Leyton Orient45106294684-3836
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