League Two
Portsmouth3Dag & Red0

Portsmouth 3-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Kyle Bennett
Kyle Bennett's brace made sure of all three points for Pompey.

Portsmouth made an impressive start to their season as they outclassed Dagenham & Redbridge at Fratton Park.

Dagenham frustrated their hosts in the first half, but could not live with the home side after the break.

Gareth Evans gave Pompey the lead when he headed in from a Kyle Bennett corner, before Bennett doubled the lead with a crashing drive in off the bar.

Bennett sealed the game when he unleashed a brilliant effort from 25 yards to cap a fine performance.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

Media playback is not supported on this device

Cook on Portsmouth v Dagenham

"I'm just happy for everyone at the club, so much work went into today's game.

"I'm happy now that game's gone. I think it's important to get that one out the way and I can focus now on a long season, a tough season, hopefully managing this club to a bit of success.

"I thought the lads showed good patience. All in all it's a really good day for us."

On Kyle Bennett's brace: "They were quality so fingers crossed he can keep it going. He's a good player and there's a little bit of expectancy on him to perform and do well."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 2Davies
  • 6Burgess
  • 20Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 25AtanganaSubstituted forHollandsat 68'minutes
  • 26Evans
  • 11Roberts
  • 23BennettSubstituted forStockleyat 77'minutes
  • 9TubbsSubstituted forChaplinat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 4Webster
  • 7McGurk
  • 17Stockley
  • 19Chaplin
  • 29Hollands
  • 38Haunstrup

Dag & Red

  • 30Cousins
  • 2Passley
  • 5Nosworthy
  • 21Partridge
  • 33Widdowson
  • 17Jones
  • 8Boucaud
  • 14Richards
  • 23Hemmings
  • 7Cureton
  • 9McClureSubstituted forFerdinandat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1O'Brien
  • 3Connors
  • 10Chambers
  • 12Doidge
  • 20Hamalainen
  • 25Ferdinand
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
16,948

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamDag & Red
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home3
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Dagenham and Redbridge 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Dagenham and Redbridge 0.

Corner, Dagenham and Redbridge. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Jodi Jones (Dagenham and Redbridge) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Matt Tubbs.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Jodi Jones (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andre Boucaud (Dagenham and Redbridge).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jayden Stockley replaces Kyle Bennett.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Dagenham and Redbridge 0. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Danny Hollands replaces Nigel Atangana because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nigel Atangana (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Dagenham and Redbridge 0. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Passley (Dagenham and Redbridge).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Joe Widdowson.

Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

Kane Ferdinand (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Partridge.

Attempt missed. Matt Partridge (Dagenham and Redbridge) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Dagenham and Redbridge. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Dagenham and Redbridge 0. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Bennett with a cross following a set piece situation.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Partridge.

Attempt missed. Jodi Jones (Dagenham and Redbridge) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 0, Dagenham and Redbridge 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Dagenham and Redbridge. Kane Ferdinand replaces Matt McClure.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Dagenham and Redbridge 0.

Attempt missed. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

Matt McClure (Dagenham and Redbridge) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge11003033
2Portsmouth11003033
3Wycombe11003033
4Hartlepool11002023
5Leyton Orient11002023
6Notts County11002023
7Plymouth11002023
8Exeter11003213
9Northampton11001013
10Accrington10101101
11Carlisle10101101
12Crawley10101101
13Luton10101101
14Mansfield10101101
15Oxford Utd10101101
16Yeovil100123-10
17Bristol Rovers100101-10
18Wimbledon100102-20
19Barnet100102-20
20Morecambe100102-20
21Stevenage100102-20
22Dag & Red100103-30
23Newport100103-30
24York100103-30
View full League Two table

Top Stories