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Portsmouth 1-0 AFC Wimbledon

Struggling Portsmouth ground out their first home win since Boxing Day with a narrow victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Ryan Taylor scored the only goal as he bravely met Daniel Alfei's right-wing cross to loop a header into the net.

The Dons had seen a penalty appeal waved away after two minutes when Danny Hylton appeared to be tripped in the box, but a free-kick was given instead.

Alan Bennett's point-blank header was also saved and Luke Moore's shot cleared off the line as Pompey held on.

VIEWS FROM THE CHANGING ROOM

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

"We were lucky to get the game on. The pitch is obviously a real mess now and the rain throughout the second half didn't help it.

"I don't think those conditions are ever going to lend themselves to an entertaining game, but the most important things we showed were the right desire and mentality to see it through."

On Jake Jervis and Ryan Taylor:

"We haven't really had an opportunity to work on them; they are not really combining as a pair properly yet. Once we get that then they could be a real handful. They tick a lot of boxes. They've definitely the youthful enthusiasm."

AFC Wimbledon boss Neil Ardley told BBC London:

"I thought we were the better team for most of the game and we seemed comfortable. We defended really well, but credit to them, they made some crucial blocks and it didn't fall for us today but I know we were the better team.

"Ultimately we lost the game because five minutes after I gave them a half-time team talk about what the only threat would be, they did exactly that by not getting out of our penalty box.

"I thought we controlled the game and they were not a threat despite being the home team, but credit to them and we have to take that bitter pill and deal with it."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 15Alfei
  • 14PainterBooked at 90mins
  • 31Racon
  • 6Bradley
  • 26Chorley
  • 35WallaceSubstituted forBarchamat 85'minutes
  • 17Shorey
  • 32Jervis
  • 20TaylorSubstituted forAgyemangat 59'minutes
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forFogdenat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 3N'Gala
  • 7Barcham
  • 8Padovani
  • 19Fogden
  • 21Harris
  • 23Agyemang

Wimbledon

  • 1Worner
  • 15FenlonSubstituted forArthurat 72'minutes
  • 27Morris
  • 14Antwi
  • 6Bennett
  • 28Jones
  • 7FrancombSubstituted forSainte-Luceat 72'minutes
  • 8Moore
  • 9HyltonSubstituted forMidsonat 72'minutes
  • 26Wyke
  • 11Moore

Substitutes

  • 10Midson
  • 12Pell
  • 16Sainte-Luce
  • 19Arthur
  • 22Brown
  • 34Oakley
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
15,742

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home3
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, AFC Wimbledon 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Wes Fogden.

  4. Booking

    Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jake Jervis.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andy Barcham (Portsmouth).

  7. Post update

    Kevin Sainte-Luce (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

  10. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Marcos Painter.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Andy Barcham replaces Jed Wallace.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Darren Jones (AFC Wimbledon).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Chris Arthur.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Wes Fogden replaces Ricky Holmes.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Kevin Sainte-Luce replaces George Francomb.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Chris Arthur replaces Jim Fenlon.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jack Midson replaces Danny Hylton.

  19. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jed Wallace.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

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