League Two
PortsmouthPortsmouth3CrawleyCrawley Town0
Matt Clarke
Matt Clarke scored his first goal for Portsmouth in what could be his final appearance for the club - his current loan deal from Ipswich Town expires in January

Loanees Matt Clarke and Marc McNulty helped Portsmouth ease to victory over Crawley and maintain their challenge for promotion from League Two.

Clarke opened the scoring with a near-post header from Ben Davies' corner.

McNulty doubled Pompey's advantage when he powerfully rifled in Enda Stevens' low cross.

Gwion Edwards struck the bar from a free-kick for the Red Devils, but Gary Roberts added a third on the counter to put the result beyond any doubt.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

"We got ourselves into a gear which felt good, we had numerous chances and the game probably could have been over at half time.

"The lads have done smashing over Christmas, they have worked ever so hard.

"We probably haven't got the rewards that we thought we could, after winning at Northampton, beating Crawley. The two games sandwiched in between have been disappointing."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 24Murphy
  • 2Davies
  • 4Webster
  • 20Clarke
  • 3StevensBooked at 88mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 29Hollands
  • 26EvansSubstituted forTollittat 67'minutes
  • 10McNultySubstituted forRobertsat 67'minutes
  • 23Bennett
  • 13LaverySubstituted forChaplinat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McGurk
  • 11Roberts
  • 15Barton
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 25Atangana
  • 35Bass

Crawley

  • 1Flahavan
  • 14Young
  • 25YorwerthSubstituted forAshtonat 23'minutes
  • 6Bradley
  • 24Hancox
  • 20Deacon
  • 4WaltonBooked at 77mins
  • 8SmithSubstituted forEmmanuelat 45'minutes
  • 10RooneySubstituted forTomlinat 77'minutes
  • 7Edwards
  • 18Harrold

Substitutes

  • 12Preston
  • 15Fenelon
  • 16Ashton
  • 17Bawling
  • 21Tomlin
  • 22Jenkins
  • 23Emmanuel
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
16,606

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Crawley Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Crawley Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Booking

    Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Caolan Lavery.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Portsmouth 3, Crawley Town 0. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ben Tollitt.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Adam Webster.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Mitch Hancox (Crawley Town).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Roarie Deacon (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Gavin Tomlin replaces Luke Rooney.

  16. Booking

    Simon Walton (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Simon Walton (Crawley Town).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Gary Roberts replaces Marc McNulty.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Gareth Evans.

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