League Two
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Portsmouth 3-2 Bristol Rovers

Danny Hollands

Portsmouth moved closer to safety with a crucial win against struggling Bristol Rovers.

Adam Webster put Pompey ahead with a low shot, before Rovers replied through Matt Harrold's deflected effort.

Pompey were in front again before half-time, Danny Hollands' deflection wrong-footing Steve Mildenhall, but Rovers equalised instantly through Harrold's second, a header from six yards.

Wes Fogden snatched a winner on 70 minutes with his close-range strike.

Bristol Rovers, who are just one place above the League Two relegation zone, travel to third-placed Rochdale on Monday night.

Portsmouth caretaker manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

"That was probably our biggest test since I came in. Fair play to Bristol Rovers, they gave us one heck of a game.

"I asked the lads at half time to show some character. I said 'this is the biggest test that we've had, can you go and stand up to it and be counted?'

"And boy did they - they were absolutely magnificent. I have total respect for the players, they were absolutely superb today."

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I asked the players to put a bit of pride back in the shirt and I think they did.

"We were a little bit unlucky with the injuries. It changed the complexion a bit.

"We were disappointed with the goals we conceded but we got our pride back after last week's woeful performance.

"It was about getting the fans back onside. We wanted to win the match but it wasn't to be."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 22Webster
  • 17Shorey
  • 33McCabeBooked at 42minsSubstituted forErtlat 78'minutes
  • 3N'GalaBooked at 88mins
  • 36WhatmoughBooked at 59mins
  • 35Wallace
  • 29Hollands
  • 20TaylorSubstituted forAgyemangat 87'minutes
  • 28DrennanSubstituted forFogdenat 55'minutes
  • 11Holmes

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 5Devera
  • 6Bradley
  • 13Ertl
  • 15Alfei
  • 19Fogden
  • 23Agyemang

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 4WoodardsBooked at 8minsSubstituted forClucasat 24'minutes
  • 14BrownBooked at 45mins
  • 24O Clarke
  • 29McChrystal
  • 6ParkesBooked at 52minsSubstituted forGillespieat 80'minutes
  • 2SmithSubstituted forBroghammerat 28'minutes
  • 30Lockyer
  • 9Harrold
  • 7Clarkson
  • 39Mohamed

Substitutes

  • 8Gillespie
  • 11Broghammer
  • 18Harding
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 32O'Toole
  • 33Santos
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
17,998

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away9
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Bristol Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Seanan Clucas.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Mildenhall (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a set piece situation.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

  6. Post update

    Steven Gillespie (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Adam Webster.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Portsmouth).

  13. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces Ryan Taylor.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabian Broghammer (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Steven Gillespie replaces Tom Parkes.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Rhys McCabe.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ricky Holmes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe431920465402577
2Chesterfield432015866392775
3Rochdale432291264451975
4Fleetwood432191363491472
5Burton431914104638871
6Southend4317141253381565
7York431616114839964
8Oxford Utd431614135144762
9Plymouth431610174652-658
10Bury431318125546957
11Dag & Red431415145053-357
12Mansfield431415144753-657
13Newport431315155356-354
14Portsmouth431315154859-1154
15Wimbledon431314164550-553
16Cheltenham431216154958-952
17Accrington431215164952-351
18Morecambe431214174862-1450
19Hartlepool431310204752-549
20Exeter431213184955-649
21Wycombe431114184251-947
22Bristol Rovers431114184050-1047
23Northampton431114183655-1947
24Torquay43109243761-2439
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