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Portsmouth 2-0 Northampton Town

Craig Westcarr
Westcarr joined Portsmouth on a two-year deal in June after his release from Walsall

Craig Westcarr scored his first Portsmouth goal to help the hosts maintain their unbeaten start to the season by beating Northampton Town.

Jed Wallace met a Nicky Shorey cut-back to put Pompey ahead before Westcarr raced onto a Nigel Atangana pass to clip home a second before the break.

The Cobblers struggled to respond, with John-Joe O'Toole managing their only effort on goal on 70 minutes.

Atangana went close to adding a third, curling a shot on to the post late on.

Victory extends Pompey's unbeaten run under boss Andy Awford to 11 matches since he took charge at Fratton Park in March, while defeat is Northampton's first of the campaign.

Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton:

"We were deservedly beaten today. For 20 or 25 minutes we were pretty comfortable.

"Portsmouth are on a great run from last year. They've strengthened their squad, they're leaving players out of their 18 that are established League Two and above players.

"We lost Ian Morris on Monday in training. I don't know if that affected the team because it was a real bad moment - we had to abandon training.

"But we've been beaten by a side I full expect to be challenging for the title."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Jones
  • 5Devera
  • 16Robinson
  • 6Chorley
  • 17Shorey
  • 21Dunne
  • 25Atangana
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forHollandsat 71'minutes
  • 8J Wallace
  • 20WestcarrSubstituted forStoreyat 77'minutes
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forButlerat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Whatmough
  • 7Barcham
  • 14Storey
  • 24Awford
  • 27Brezovan
  • 29Hollands
  • 34Butler

Northampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Duke
  • 2AlfeiSubstituted forMoyoat 86'minutes
  • 16Diamond
  • 6Collins
  • 17Robertson
  • 23MohamedSubstituted forHackettat 64'minutes
  • 10O'Toole
  • 18RavenhillBooked at 52mins
  • 3HorwoodSubstituted forD'Athat 45'minutes
  • 24ToneyBooked at 59mins
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 7Sinclair
  • 11Hackett
  • 12Tozer
  • 14Nicholls
  • 19D'Ath
  • 20Moyo
  • 21Archer
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
15,004

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Northampton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Paul Robinson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Dan Butler replaces Ryan Taylor.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. David Moyo replaces Daniel Alfei.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Portsmouth) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Foul by James Dunne (Portsmouth).

  12. Post update

    John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Miles Storey replaces Craig Westcarr.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Danny Hollands replaces Ricky Holmes.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Richard Ravenhill (Northampton Town).

  17. Post update

    Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town).

  20. Post update

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