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Stevenage0Portsmouth2

Stevenage 0-2 Portsmouth

Kal Naismith
Kal Naismith scored his first goal of the season

Kal Naismith ensured Portsmouth's play-off push stayed on track with the second goal in a win at Stevenage.

Gary Roberts slid a ball through to Marc McNulty, who calmly slotted for his 10th goal of the season as the visitors took the lead.

Tom Conlon went close for Boro, thumping an effort off the crossbar late on.

But it was Naismith who found the crucial goal, firing in after being on the pitch for only 11 minutes.

Stevenage remain in 21st position in the League Two table, eight points clear of the drop zone.

Portsmouth sit in fifth, nine points behind Plymouth who occupy the third automatic promotion spot. Pompey have a three-point advantage over eighth-placed Leyton Orient.

Stevenage caretaker manager Darren Sarll told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Sarll on Stevenage v Portsmouth

"I thought so much fear and anxiety in the first half. Most disappointingly we looked hesitant in the defensive high press that we have become so good at.

"Second half I felt we were a lot better. We created chances - but same again, what's the point in turning up at half-time, especially against a good side?

"My main concern is that we haven't entered play until 46 minutes. It's just madness to me, and something I can't accept and needs to be addressed. It's only running - we need them to run harder than what they did for 45 minutes."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Jones
  • 25Henry
  • 2WilkinsonBooked at 38mins
  • 5Franks
  • 30Ogilvie
  • 15Tonge
  • 3CoxSubstituted forKennedyat 60'minutes
  • 32Conlon
  • 11PettSubstituted forParrettat 80'minutes
  • 13Harrison
  • 6HedgesSubstituted forMarriottat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Marriott
  • 16Day
  • 18Parrett
  • 19Wells
  • 27Johnson
  • 33Kennedy
  • 34Gorman

Portsmouth

  • 27Fulton
  • 2Davies
  • 6Burgess
  • 4Webster
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 29Hollands
  • 26Evans
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forNaismithat 71'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forFreemanat 85'minutes
  • 10McNultyBooked at 23minsSubstituted forSmithat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Naismith
  • 15Barton
  • 17Freeman
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Clarke
  • 21Smith
  • 35Bass
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
4,092

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Portsmouth 2.

Attempt missed. Tom Conlon (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Tom Conlon (Stevenage) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Fraser Franks (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

Connor Ogilvie (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kieron Freeman (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Foul by Adam Marriott (Stevenage).

Kieron Freeman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kieron Freeman replaces Kyle Bennett.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 0, Portsmouth 2. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Kyle Bennett.

Attempt missed. Connor Ogilvie (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Dean Parrett replaces Tom Pett.

Foul by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).

Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Adam Marriott replaces Ryan Hedges.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Gary Roberts.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Michael Smith replaces Marc McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Pett (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ryan Hedges (Stevenage).

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pett (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Danny Hollands.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ben Kennedy replaces Lee Cox.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton35246564343078
2Oxford Utd351811661342765
3Plymouth35198850302065
4Accrington33169855391657
5Portsmouth341414654302456
6Bristol Rovers341751248351356
7Wimbledon341411951401153
8Leyton Orient351411105148353
9Wycombe34157123732552
10Mansfield35149124641551
11Carlisle33131195250250
12Luton35148135048250
13Cambridge35148134947250
14Exeter35139134549-448
15Barnet34127154451-743
16Crawley35126174056-1642
17Notts County34117164657-1140
18Morecambe35107185563-837
19Newport33910143646-1037
20Yeovil35811163547-1235
21Stevenage35810174259-1734
22Hartlepool3294193354-2131
23York3568213766-2926
24Dag & Red3459203358-2524
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