League Two
Portsmouth6Cheltenham1

Portsmouth 6-1 Cheltenham Town

Kal Naismith
Kal Naismith (centre) celebrates after putting Pompey 3-0 up

Kal Naismith scored twice as Portsmouth thumped Cheltenham at Fratton Park to seal the League Two title in improbable style.

Pompey had to win and hope both Plymouth and Doncaster dropped points to climb from third place to the top of the table.

A bumper home crowd were jumping for joy on 13 minutes when Cheltenham defender Daniel O'Shaughnessy sliced an attempted clearance into his own net from Enda Stevens' cross.

Kyle Bennett's deflected effort doubled their lead to spark a second-half goal spree.

Naismith made it 3-0 with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area before substitute Jamal Lowe drilled in a fourth.

Gareth Evans' well struck penalty further extended Pompey's lead after Gary Roberts had been hauled down.

Substitute James Dayton pulled one back for Cheltenham before Naismith doubled his tally after beating the visitors' offside trap.

Plymouth's draw at Grimsby coupled with Doncaster's defeat by Hartlepool saw Pompey claim their first trophy since Harry Redknapp guided them to the FA Cup in 2008.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 3StevensBooked at 50mins
  • 4RoseSubstituted forAborahat 71'minutes
  • 8Doyle
  • 7BakerSubstituted forLoweat 60'minutes
  • 22Naismith
  • 23Bennett
  • 19ChaplinSubstituted forRobertsat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Roberts
  • 13O'Brien
  • 15Kabamba
  • 16Whatmough
  • 18Lowe
  • 24Linganzi
  • 29Aborah

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 17CranstonSubstituted forBarthramat 66'minutes
  • 15Boyle
  • 24O'Shaughnessy
  • 33Davis
  • 7PellSubstituted forDaytonat 54'minutes
  • 18Rowe
  • 4StorerBooked at 29mins
  • 8Waters
  • 30HolmanSubstituted forMunnsat 71'minutes
  • 9Wright

Substitutes

  • 2Barthram
  • 5Downes
  • 11Munns
  • 12Kitscha
  • 19Wootton
  • 21Dayton
  • 27Winchester
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
17,956

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 6, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 6, Cheltenham Town 1.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt blocked. Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Rowe (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 6, Cheltenham Town 1. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Doyle.

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 5, Cheltenham Town 1. James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rowe.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 5, Cheltenham Town 0. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty Portsmouth. Gary Roberts draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Liam Davis (Cheltenham Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

Liam Davis (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 4, Cheltenham Town 0. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jack Munns replaces Dan Holman.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Stanley Aborah replaces Danny Rose.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Cheltenham Town 0. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Bennett.

Foul by James Dayton (Cheltenham Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jack Barthram replaces Jordan Cranston.

Foul by Danny Rose (Portsmouth).

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

James Dayton (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Cheltenham Town 0. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gary Roberts replaces Conor Chaplin.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jamal Lowe replaces Carl Baker.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Liam Davis.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Dayton replaces Harry Pell.

Booking

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Danny Rose.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth462691179403987
2Plymouth462691171462587
3Doncaster4625101185553085
4Luton462017970432777
5Exeter462181775561971
6Carlisle461817116968171
7Blackpool4618161269462370
8Colchester4619121567571069
9Wycombe461912155853569
10Stevenage46207196763467
11Cambridge46199185850866
12Mansfield461715145450466
13Accrington461714155956365
14Grimsby461711185963-462
15Barnet461415175764-757
16Notts County46168225476-2256
17Crewe461413195867-955
18Morecambe461410225373-2052
19Crawley461312215371-1851
20Yeovil461117184964-1550
21Cheltenham461214204969-2050
22Newport461212225173-2248
23Hartlepool461113225475-2146
24Leyton Orient46106304787-4036
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