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Portsmouth 3-2 Exeter City

Ryan Bird

Portsmouth held off Exeter's comeback to condemn the Grecians to back-to-back defeats for the first time this season.

Pompey lacked penetration until just before the break when Ricky Holmes' lofted cross floated into the net.

Ryan Bird's header made it 2-0 straight after half-time and he repeated the trick on 71 minutes before City's Danny Coles replied with a header of his own.

John O'Flynn stabbed in to further raise Exeter hopes but Trevor Carson's late save denied City an equaliser.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham told BBC Radio Solent:

"I think we deserved the three points. I think up until they scored the first one we looked like we had it in control.

"We knew they wanted to come and play football. I don't think they really hurt us too much playing that way, the only time they did was when they decided to throw it long into the box.

"I think in difficult conditions we did pass it well and we got in some good areas. We keep working on that quality to get the ball in the box and it's getting better.

"You'd hope to see a game out a little bit more comfortably than we actually did. Having said that, once they got momentum up I think we stood up, we got our heads on things, we threw our bodies in the way, we cleared things and that's what you've got to do when you face conditions and a team that keep putting it back in the box."

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"I don't appreciate losing the game of course but I appreciate the type of game and finish to it, and I appreciate the way we played, so I have mixed feelings.

"We'd had an extremely good first half - with that really strong wind against us we played very, very sensibly, defended the goal and had counter attacks.

"It was us all over, and I still thought we were in with a shout even at 1-0 down at half-time."

"At 3-0 we kept going and you just don't know what's around the corner. Well done to the players who finished the game, they played on real instinct and real determination and I loved the way they played."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 40Carson
  • 2Moutaouakil
  • 5Devera
  • 31Racon
  • 3N'Gala
  • 6Bradley
  • 11Holmes
  • 16FerrySubstituted forErtlat 72'minutes
  • 18Bird
  • 23AgyemangSubstituted forConnollyat 76'minutes
  • 35J WallaceSubstituted forBarchamat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 4East
  • 7Barcham
  • 8Padovani
  • 9Connolly
  • 13Ertl
  • 20Cooper

Exeter

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Krysiak
  • 4Bennett
  • 3Woodman
  • 14DohertySubstituted forGillat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Coles
  • 15Moore-TaylorSubstituted forO'Flynnat 73'minutes
  • 7Sercombe
  • 29Grimes
  • 10GowSubstituted forNicholsat 83'minutes
  • 25Parkin
  • 11Davies

Substitutes

  • 19O'Flynn
  • 20Nichols
  • 22Keohane
  • 26Tillson
  • 30Pym
  • 32Wheeler
  • 35Gill
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
16,168

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home12
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Exeter City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Exeter City 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Connolly (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

  5. Booking

    Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Booking

    Matthew Gill (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Dangerous play by Matthew Gill (Exeter City).

  9. Post update

    Matthew Gill (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Dangerous play by Andy Barcham (Portsmouth).

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Bird (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Portsmouth 3, Exeter City 2. John O'Flynn (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Johannes Ertl.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Tom Nichols replaces Alan Gow.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ricky Holmes.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

  19. Post update

    Andy Barcham (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Alan Gow (Exeter City).

As It Stood

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1Fleetwood1591526161028
2Oxford Utd1575323131026
3Chesterfield157532114726
4Rochdale158252319426
5Morecambe157442220225
6Exeter157352017324
7Burton157352018224
8Scunthorpe156631717024
9Southend157261814423
10Newport156542219323
11Dag & Red156542220223
12Wycombe146352017321
13Hartlepool156361917221
14Mansfield155641515021
15Wimbledon156361719-221
16Portsmouth145542322120
17Plymouth155371015-518
18Cheltenham154562127-617
19York154472124-316
20Bristol Rovers153571218-614
21Torquay153571725-814
22Bury153481620-413
23Accrington152581222-1011
24Northampton152491322-910
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