League Two
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Portsmouth 1-0 Carlisle United

Michael Smith
Michael Smith has scored two goals for Portsmouth since joining on loan from Swindon on 1 February

Michael Smith scored the only goal as League Two play-off chasers Portsmouth won against Carlisle United.

Pompey broke the deadlock when Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie parried Kyle Bennett's shot into the path of Smith, who made no mistake from close range.

Adam McGurk had two chances to make it 2-0, first hitting the post and then having Danny Grainger block his shot.

Carlisle could have earned a point but Hallam Hope could not find the net from Derek Asamoah's cross.

The result means Portsmouth remain in sixth place in the League Two table, while Carlisle slip two places to 11th.

Portsmouth assistant manager Leam Richardson told BBC Radio Solent:

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Richardson on Portsmouth v Carlisle

"It is always great for strikers to score. Smith has worked hard to get that little bit of luck and to get that goal today.

"The lads know what is expected; the work ethic among the lads is top class. We started the second half with intent and with tempo so we were unfortunate not to go two up.

"We are trying to get momentum, trying to gather pace and hopefully we can claw a few points back to try and get in the automatics and cement a play-off place."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Jones
  • 2Davies
  • 3StevensBooked at 44mins
  • 29Hollands
  • 6Burgess
  • 7McGurkSubstituted forMcNultyat 89'minutes
  • 20Clarke
  • 8Doyle
  • 23BennettSubstituted forEvansat 90+3'minutes
  • 21Smith
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forNaismithat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 10McNulty
  • 14Naismith
  • 19Chaplin
  • 26Evans
  • 27Fulton
  • 33Close

Carlisle

  • 1Gillespie
  • 2Miller
  • 3Grainger
  • 5RaynesBooked at 73mins
  • 27EllisSubstituted forIbehreat 77'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 15ComleySubstituted forAsamoahat 68'minutes
  • 7Kennedy
  • 16StaceySubstituted forGillieadat 59'minutes
  • 9Wyke
  • 24Hope

Substitutes

  • 6Atkinson
  • 12Sweeney
  • 13Hanford
  • 14Ibehre
  • 17Gilliead
  • 25Asamoah
  • 26Gillesphey
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
15,416

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamCarlisle
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Carlisle United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Carlisle United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Gareth Evans replaces Kyle Bennett.

Attempt missed. Alex Gilliead (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Portsmouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Marc McNulty replaces Adam McGurk.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Gary Roberts.

Foul by Michael Smith (Portsmouth).

Michael Raynes (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Derek Asamoah (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Jabo Ibehre replaces Mark Ellis.

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Gary Roberts (Portsmouth).

Tom Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Michael Raynes (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Raynes (Carlisle United).

Foul by Michael Doyle (Portsmouth).

Derek Asamoah (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Danny Grainger.

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

Foul by Tom Miller (Carlisle United).

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Charlie Wyke (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Derek Asamoah replaces Brandon Comley.

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Ellis (Carlisle United).

Attempt saved. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Adam McGurk.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Alex Gilliead replaces Jack Stacey.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Carlisle United 0. Michael Smith (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Jason Kennedy (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

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1Northampton40269573413287
2Oxford Utd402013769363373
3Bristol Rovers402251364402471
4Plymouth402181157372071
5Accrington402011964451971
6Portsmouth391715763352866
7Wycombe401710134236661
8Leyton Orient401612125452260
9Wimbledon391611125748959
10Exeter401611135654259
11Carlisle391415105856257
12Cambridge401511145452256
13Mansfield401411155048253
14Luton39158165252053
15Barnet40149175361-851
16Crawley40138194363-2047
17Hartlepool38136194156-1545
18Morecambe39127206169-843
19Yeovil391012173750-1342
20Notts County39119194968-1942
21Newport401011194057-1741
22Stevenage39911194664-1838
23York40611234475-3129
24Dag & Red38510233466-3225
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