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Bristol Rovers 2-0 Portsmouth

Ollie Clarke's first senior goal helped Bristol Rovers beat Portsmouth.

The 21-year-old midfielder fired in a half-volley from the edge of the penalty area to give Rovers a half-time lead at the Memorial Stadium.

David Clarkson sealed the win with an angled shot, having hit the crossbar early in the first period.

Pompey, who have now gone nine games without a victory in all competitions, are yet to win a match under recently-appointed manager Richie Barker.

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Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss Ward

"The attitude of the team - we've talked about it over the last ten/eleven games - has been absolutely spot on.

"You saw it on Wednesday when the attitude of the team was terrific, and we asked for that again today. We've had to come through some awkward spells.

"I think Portsmouth started very well and we had to stand up to that.

"The first goal was at a really good time for us because it settled things down. The second half I thought we were quite commanding on the front foot and very positive."

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

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Post-match: Portsmouth boss Barker

"I'd have to say for 20 minutes, half an hour in the first half I thought we were the best team. We had a couple of really good chances, but it isn't anywhere near good enough.

"Some of those players in there have got to recognise how fortunate they are to be playing for Portsmouth and too many players are going through the motions for me and not doing the right things.

"There's no point hiding - they've got 10 days to save their Portsmouth careers because they are where they are because they don't do the right things. There's a lot of problems and it needs sorting out very quickly."

On Rovers goals: "They're both good finishes but we can't keep saying they're good finishes. They're good finishes because people worked hard to go and get on the end of things and they worked hard and they ran and they chased and they picked up second balls.

"We're going to have to put a stop to this very quickly and change peoples' mentalities because all I hear about is moaning and that isn't happening anymore."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 24O Clarke
  • 6Parkes
  • 29McChrystal
  • 7Clarkson
  • 15Norburn
  • 9Harrold
  • 32O'Toole
  • 10Richards

Substitutes

  • 17Harrison
  • 18Harding
  • 19Beardsley
  • 20Gough
  • 33Santos
  • 34Keary
  • 35Southway

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 20CooperSubstituted forMoutaouakilat 73'minutes
  • 14Painter
  • 13Ertl
  • 3N'GalaBooked at 75mins
  • 6Bradley
  • 35Wallace
  • 16Ferry
  • 23Agyemang
  • 18BirdSubstituted forConnollyat 65'minutes
  • 7BarchamSubstituted forHolmesat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Moutaouakil
  • 5Devera
  • 8Padovani
  • 9Connolly
  • 11Holmes
  • 25Sullivan
  • 31Racon
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
7,537

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Portsmouth 0.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Johannes Ertl.

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Steve Mildenhall.

Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Portsmouth 0. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norburn.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

Booking

Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Yassin Moutaouakil replaces Shaun Cooper because of an injury.

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

Foul by Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers).

Shaun Cooper (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Michael Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. David Connolly replaces Ryan Bird.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ricky Holmes replaces Andy Barcham.

Attempt saved. Oliver Norburn (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Eliot Richards (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

Attempt saved. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

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3Scunthorpe2110742922737
4Fleetwood2111283427735
5Burton2110562522335
6Newport209742921834
7Southend2110472619734
8Rochdale2110473028234
9Morecambe229582730-332
10Dag & Red218672926330
11Cheltenham227962931-230
12Exeter218582729-229
13Wycombe217682928127
14Hartlepool217682423127
15Wimbledon207672324-127
16Plymouth217591622-626
17Accrington2165102329-623
18Bristol Rovers215791922-322
19Mansfield215792329-622
20Portsmouth215792736-922
21York214982428-421
22Torquay2156102233-1121
23Bury214892327-420
24Northampton2146111729-1218
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