League Two
PortsmouthPortsmouth1HartlepoolHartlepool United0

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:

"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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Hartlepool United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Adam Webster.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Michael Drennan replaces Ricky Holmes.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Hawkins (Hartlepool United).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Wes Fogden.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sam Collins (Hartlepool United).

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Andy Rafferty.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Rhys McCabe replaces Simon Ferry.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Simon Walton (Hartlepool United).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

  20. Post update

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