League Two
PortsmouthPortsmouth4HartlepoolHartlepool United0
Caolan Lavery
Caolan Lavery opened the scoring with a superb shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Portsmouth scored two in each half to thump disappointing Hartlepool.

The hosts took the lead when Caolan Lavery curled a superb effort in after 12 minutes from the edge of the box.

Visiting defender Adam Jackson diverted a Ben Davies centre into his own net to make it 2-0 to Pompey at the break.

Marc McNulty teed up Gareth Evans for the third before the former got on the scoresheet with a calm finish beyond Pools keeper Trevor Carson from an Enda Stevens pass.

Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Solent:

"The win is good for the lads going into the start of the Christmas period and obviously the four goals are an extra bonus.

"Hartlepool are a good team. As you've seen in spells today, they can handle the ball, they offer a threat at the top end of the pitch and they do make you work.

"I think we have found a little bit of momentum in our play and in our fluency, certainly in areas of the pitch.

"I personally think we can get a little bit better with a little bit more hard work and the lads are on that page at the minute."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 3Stevens
  • 4Webster
  • 6BurgessSubstituted forClarkeat 85'minutes
  • 2Davies
  • 29Hollands
  • 8Doyle
  • 26Evans
  • 13LaverySubstituted forMcGurkat 80'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forTollittat 75'minutes
  • 10McNulty

Substitutes

  • 7McGurk
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Clarke
  • 33Close
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 3Carroll
  • 6Bates
  • 26Jackson
  • 21Duckworth
  • 30Gray
  • 16Featherstone
  • 2MagnaySubstituted forWalkerat 75'minutes
  • 15Oates
  • 9BinghamBooked at 59mins
  • 17FenwickSubstituted forMandronat 75'minutesBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 5Harrison
  • 8Walker
  • 13Bartlett
  • 14Woods
  • 19Richards
  • 23Smith
  • 32Mandron
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
15,610

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 4, Hartlepool United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 4, Hartlepool United 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rakish Bingham (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Tollitt (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Portsmouth 4, Hartlepool United 0. Marc McNulty (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

  7. Post update

    Mikael Mandron (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Adam McGurk (Portsmouth).

  9. Post update

    Jake Carroll (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Matthew Clarke replaces Christian Burgess because of an injury.

  11. Booking

    Mikael Mandron (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mikael Mandron (Hartlepool United).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Adam McGurk replaces Caolan Lavery.

  15. Post update

    Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jake Gray (Hartlepool United).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ben Tollitt (Portsmouth).

  18. Post update

    Michael Duckworth (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Kyle Bennett.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Mikael Mandron replaces Scott Fenwick.