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Portsmouth 2-1 Macclesfield Town

Two goals from Adam McGurk secured victory for Portsmouth against National League side Macclesfield Town.

McGurk opened the scoring early on before Pompey keeper Brian Murphy gifted Macclesfield's Kristian Dennis an equaliser soon after.

Portsmouth regained the lead just before half-time when McGurk capitalised from a rebound in the area.

The victory was Pompey's first in the FA Cup since beating Tottenham in a 2010 semi-final at Wembley.

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

"We never played well today. We huffed and puffed. It's everything that I don't like about the game; continually giving the ball away, looking like we had no thought process, and that's what happens sometimes when negativity creeps into a club or a team.

"This season we've had smashing games with Derby and Reading, we're now through in the FA Cup, we're third in the league and I don't understand where some of it comes from. My job is to route it out.

"We weren't at it today - and you've seen in last night's cup tie (Salford v Notts County) what happens when you're not at it - and that's why teams will always continually have what people will call 'cup shocks', but the reality is they're not really shocks and we should expect them."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Murphy
  • 2Davies
  • 6Burgess
  • 4Webster
  • 3Stevens
  • 29Hollands
  • 8Doyle
  • 26Evans
  • 7McGurkSubstituted forBocoat 90'minutes
  • 23BennettBooked at 41minsSubstituted forNaismithat 68'minutes
  • 19ChaplinSubstituted forMcNultyat 65'minutes


  • 5Boco
  • 10McNulty
  • 14Naismith
  • 18Tollitt
  • 20Clarke
  • 25Atangana
  • 35Bass


Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Jalal
  • 2Halls
  • 5PilkingtonSubstituted forByrneat 45'minutes
  • 15Diagne
  • 19Fitzpatrick
  • 23Whitaker
  • 6TurnbullSubstituted forSampsonat 74'minutes
  • 18WhiteheadSubstituted forLewisat 75'minutes
  • 9Holroyd
  • 14Dennis
  • 11Rowe


  • 1Branagan
  • 4Byrne
  • 8Lewis
  • 10Sampson
  • 12Cowan
  • 17Meikle
  • 24Churchman
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Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamMacclesfield
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Macclesfield Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romuald Boco (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Romuald Boco replaces Adam McGurk.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

  7. Post update

    Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  9. Post update

    Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Neill Byrne (Macclesfield Town).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

  14. Post update

    Paul Lewis (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Sampson (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Paul Lewis replaces Danny Whitehead.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Jack Sampson replaces Paul Turnbull.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Adam McGurk (Portsmouth).

  19. Post update

    Andy Halls (Macclesfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Kyle Bennett.