League Two
Portsmouth1Hartlepool0

Portsmouth 1-0 Hartlepool United

Portsmouth eased their relegation fears with a narrow victory over Hartlepool.

A second-minute goal from right-back Adam Webster was enough for victory as he tapped into an unguarded net.

Webster latched onto a loose ball after Pools keeper Andy Rafferty had saved Ryan Taylor's header from a free-kick.

Pompey could have extended their lead a minute later but Rafferty saved Taylor's penalty after Wes Fogden was tripped by Christian Burgess and Ricky Holmes fired over the rebound.

Danny Hollands almost gave Portsmouth a 2-0 lead before the break but his strike was deflected for a corner after an impressive solo run.

Luke James forced Trevor Carson into a save after the break, with the Pompey keeper getting down well to deny Hartlepool's leading goalscorer.

Portsmouth remain five points clear of the League Two drop zone, while Hartlepool are now six points ahead of the bottom two.

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

Media playback is not supported on this device

Post-match: Pompey caretaker Awford

"We're delighted with the three points obviously. It's big for us to get back-to-back victories; we haven't done that for a long time here.

"The boys were terrific and the fans played their part as well. I asked for it and I got it and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

"That was everything that I wanted and the fans have played their part today and also they've made it very difficult for Hartlepool. I asked it to be unbearable for them and the first 10 minutes it was.

"I think a lot of Adam Webster. He's been on loan at Aldershot and I just felt it was the right person to play in that position today."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 22Webster
  • 17Shorey
  • 29Hollands
  • 3N'Gala
  • 36Whatmough
  • 35Wallace
  • 16FerrySubstituted forMcCabeat 69'minutes
  • 20Taylor
  • 19FogdenSubstituted forErtlat 86'minutes
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forDrennanat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 5Devera
  • 6Bradley
  • 13Ertl
  • 28Drennan
  • 32Jervis
  • 33McCabe

Hartlepool

  • 13Rafferty
  • 21Duckworth
  • 22Holden
  • 38Walker
  • 35BurgessSubstituted forHarrisonat 79'minutes
  • 5Collins
  • 12BarmbySubstituted forFranksat 65'minutes
  • 8Walton
  • 33James
  • 10Poole
  • 14ComptonSubstituted forHawkinsat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Franks
  • 16Rowbotham
  • 19Richards
  • 20Jones
  • 24Harrison
  • 26Oliver
  • 28Hawkins
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
15,273

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away1
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Michael Drennan replaces Ricky Holmes.

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Wes Fogden.

Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Harrison replaces Christian Burgess because of an injury.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Andy Rafferty.

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Rhys McCabe replaces Simon Ferry.

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Jack Barmby.

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

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

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

James Poole (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

Darren Holden (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Jack Compton.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rochdale412291064392575
2Scunthorpe411918462372575
3Chesterfield411914863372671
4Fleetwood412081359461368
5Burton41181494337668
6Southend4116141150371362
7York411515114638860
8Oxford Utd411514124943659
9Plymouth401510154445-155
10Dag & Red411315134849-154
11Bury411217124944553
12Mansfield411314144352-953
13Cheltenham411215144755-851
14Newport401214144852-450
15Hartlepool411310184647-149
16Accrington411213164750-349
17Wimbledon411213164248-649
18Morecambe411212174559-1448
19Portsmouth411115154156-1548
20Exeter411211184753-647
21Bristol Rovers411114163745-847
22Wycombe411113174148-746
23Northampton411013183454-2043
24Torquay4199233559-2436
View full League Two table

Top Stories