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Portsmouth 1-0 Accrington Stanley

Adam McGurk struck the only goal as Portsmouth beat Accrington to secure a place in round three of the FA Cup.

The game's vital strike came after the visiting defence failed to deal with Marc McNulty's cross and McGurk was on hand to slot home from 12 yards.

McNulty came close to getting his name on the scoresheet shortly after, but his header hit the crossbar.

Stanley came close to earning a replay in injury time, but Terry Gornell's header was straight at the keeper.

Portsmouth assistant boss Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Solent:

"For any club to progress through to the third round is satisfying. I think the lads have stuck to the task well and worked very hard, so it's great to go through.

"You've seen a little bit more fluency with certain parts of our game and the goal was part of that.

"We wanted to score again and it wasn't for the lack of trying, but you've got to give credit to Accrington Stanley because they'll hurt you at any time and to go through with a clean sheet is very satisfying."



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 24Murphy
  • 2DaviesBooked at 90mins
  • 4WebsterBooked at 45mins
  • 20Clarke
  • 3Stevens
  • 26Evans
  • 29Hollands
  • 8Doyle
  • 23BennettSubstituted forBurgessat 90+5'minutes
  • 10McNultyBooked at 68minsSubstituted forChaplinat 90+3'minutes
  • 7McGurkSubstituted forStockleyat 75'minutes


  • 5Boco
  • 6Burgess
  • 15Barton
  • 17Stockley
  • 19Chaplin
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Mooney
  • 34HallidayBooked at 11mins
  • 15WrightBooked at 32mins
  • 5Davies
  • 2Pearson
  • 4BarrySubstituted forBuxtonat 67'minutes
  • 14Crooks
  • 7MingoiaSubstituted forMcCartanat 76'minutes
  • 8WindassSubstituted forGornellat 83'minutes
  • 11McConville
  • 29KeeBooked at 59mins


  • 1Etheridge
  • 6Proctor
  • 10Gornell
  • 12Wakefield
  • 17McCartan
  • 22Buxton
  • 28Conneely
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Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamAccrington
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Accrington Stanley 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Christian Burgess replaces Kyle Bennett.

  7. Booking

    Ben Davies (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

  10. Post update

    Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Marc McNulty.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

  14. Post update

    Matt Crooks (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Terry Gornell replaces Josh Windass.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth).

  18. Post update

    Joe Wright (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Adam Buxton (Accrington Stanley).