League Two
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers1PortsmouthPortsmouth2
By Nabil HassanBBC Sport at The Memorial Stadium

Portsmouth moved to the top of League Two with goals in each half from Gareth Evans and Jayden Stockley sealing victory over Bristol Rovers.

Conor Chaplin headed wide at the back post before Evans opened the scoring, nodding in Kyle Bennett's cross.

Rovers equalised shortly after half-time when Jermaine Easter's close-range shot hit the bar and deflected in off Pompey goalkeeper Aaron McCarey.

Stockley prodded home from close range to win it for Pompey.

The result also ensures that Paul Cook's side remain unbeaten in the league this season, while Rovers are 17th in the table.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

"I just thought we were excellent today, I thought it was a really good game of football. I have said for a while now about the balance of the team, you know the modern day game especially being Portsmouth manager you judge form game to game.

"Good passing, good movement, great ball in the box and you get goals.

"Adam (McGurk) did his ankle in the warm up so that was disappointing so we had to make a few changes today but that's part of the game. We are just happy that the squad is working together."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 31Nicholls
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forGoslingat 45'minutesBooked at 62mins
  • 4LockyerBooked at 90mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 24Sinclair
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forBodinat 45'minutes
  • 14LinesBooked at 26mins
  • 9Harrison
  • 17EasterSubstituted forTaylorat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 5McChrystal
  • 7Mansell
  • 10Taylor
  • 11Gosling
  • 21Montaño
  • 23Bodin

Portsmouth

  • 27McCarey
  • 2Davies
  • 6Burgess
  • 20Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 26Evans
  • 29Hollands
  • 19ChaplinBooked at 60minsSubstituted forRobertsat 68'minutes
  • 15Barton
  • 23BennettSubstituted forNaismithat 74'minutes
  • 17StockleyBooked at 14minsSubstituted forTubbsat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 7McGurk
  • 9Tubbs
  • 11Roberts
  • 14Naismith
  • 30May
  • 35Bass
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
8,555

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

  4. Booking

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Matt Tubbs replaces Jayden Stockley.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Kyle Bennett.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor replaces Jermaine Easter.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2. Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Gary Roberts replaces Conor Chaplin.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

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