League Two
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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Portsmouth

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:

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Cook on Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth

"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

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 2.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Matt Tubbs replaces Jayden Stockley.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Kyle Bennett.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor replaces Jermaine Easter.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gary Roberts replaces Conor Chaplin.

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

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth).

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers).

Ben Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers).

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Foul by Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers).

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 1. Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter.

Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth9540168819
2Wycombe9531135818
3Leyton Orient95311610618
4Plymouth9522147717
5Accrington9441126616
6Oxford Utd9351117414
7Morecambe94231614214
8Northampton94231210214
9Mansfield9342116513
10Cambridge93421212013
11Hartlepool94141010013
12Carlisle93421718-113
13Notts County94141415-113
14Exeter94141314-113
15Wimbledon93331012-212
16Luton93241413111
17Bristol Rovers931579-210
18Barnet93151216-410
19York92341012-29
20Stevenage92341115-49
21Yeovil92161016-67
22Dag & Red9135816-86
23Crawley9135615-96
24Newport9126615-95
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