Portsmouth 1-4 Oxford Utd

Deane Smalley

Oxford United came from behind to seal victory against Portsmouth in front of a League Two record attendance.

Patrick Agyemang put Pompey ahead when heading home Andy Barcham's cross.

Deane Smalley levelled after his neat turn and shot before Alfie Potter put the U's in front from six yards.

Pompey's Johnny Ertl was sent off for an elbow on Danny Rose before Potter increased the lead, beating John Sullivan at his near post, while Smalley sealed the rout.


Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham speaking to BBC Radio Solent:

"Of course it's frustrating because you lose the game 4-1 from a position where you were dominating the game the first 35 minutes.

"A couple of mistakes, not doing professional things allowed them back into the game and obviously going down to 10 men; we tried to stay positive and made a change to stay positive and get back in the game. It didn't work.

On Johnny Ertl's red card: "I've seen it on video, it's Johnny jumping up with an arm up to protect him, he's not swinging it. The referee's made a decision because his arm's up there that it's a sending off so that's it.

"I think the team played well, we just didn't do well enough professionally when defending."

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford:

"We scored at the right time.

"Fair play to Portsmouth and all they've been through. Guy has had to work extremely hard over the summer to get a team out there and there was an unbelievable occasion to be involved in.

"I'm delighted for my players and for the support we had today.

"The sending off made it easier for us but I felt we shaded a decent game today.

"We do things the right way and it is game one of 46 and we have had a fantastic start."

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