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Portsmouth 2-0 Colchester United

Gary Roberts' late double finally got Portsmouth's season up and running, as they beat Colchester in League Two at Fratton Park.

Attacking midfielder Roberts picked himself up after he was grounded by substitute Drey Wright and smashed the spot-kick down the middle to open his account for the season.

Soon after the former Chesterfield man clipped the ball over Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker to end the visitors' unbeaten start to the campaign and get Pompey's first win on the board.

Striker Main, making his first league start since his move from Doncaster, saw his header pawed away before the keeper stuck out an instinctive leg to deny Danny Rose's follow-up.

Carl Baker twisted and turned on the edge of the area to force himself an edge of the box opening, and his stinging strike was fumbled by Walker.

David Forde sprang into action at the other end when Craig Slater thumped a shot towards the bottom corner, the keeper brilliantly palming away.

But just as frustration was hitting the south coast, Roberts blasted his penalty down the middle 10 minutes from the end before making sure of the points four minutes later after latching onto a fine Conor Chaplin through-ball.

Forde produced a double save of his own to deny Chris Porter and Doug Loft a consolation.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 25Talbot
  • 15Barton
  • 6Burgess
  • 3Stevens
  • 7Baker
  • 4RoseSubstituted forLinganziat 86'minutes
  • 8DoyleBooked at 29mins
  • 23BennettSubstituted forHuntat 63'minutes
  • 11Roberts
  • 14MainSubstituted forChaplinat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 10Lalkovic
  • 13O'Brien
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 24Linganzi
  • 26Evans

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2Brindley
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Prosser
  • 33KinsellaBooked at 27mins
  • 24SlaterSubstituted forBonneat 83'minutes
  • 8Loft
  • 4Lapslie
  • 28GuthrieBooked at 17minsSubstituted forWrightat 59'minutes
  • 11Dickenson
  • 17JohnstoneSubstituted forPorterat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 9Porter
  • 10Szmodics
  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 14Wynter
  • 19Bonne
  • 29Bransgrove
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
15,967

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Colchester United 0.

Attempt missed. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Portsmouth).

Luke Prosser (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Lewis Kinsella (Colchester United).

Foul by Carl Baker (Portsmouth).

Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by David Forde.

Attempt saved. Doug Loft (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Chris Porter (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Amine Linganzi replaces Danny Rose.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, Colchester United 0. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Conor Chaplin.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Craig Slater.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Colchester United 0. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty Portsmouth. Noel Hunt draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Drey Wright (Colchester United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Drew Talbot.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Drey Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Chris Porter replaces Denny Johnstone.

Attempt saved. Craig Slater (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Enda Stevens.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Lapslie.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Curtis Main.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Noel Hunt replaces Kyle Bennett.

Foul by Curtis Main (Portsmouth).

Luke Prosser (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Curtis Main (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United).

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

Foul by Richard Brindley (Colchester United).

Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Lapslie (Colchester United).

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morecambe43015329
2Crawley42204228
3Luton42117437
4Leyton Orient42116337
5Colchester42116517
6Doncaster42115417
7Mansfield42115507
8Barnet41305326
9Crewe41306516
10Carlisle41305416
11Plymouth420245-16
12Blackpool41214315
13Hartlepool41217705
14Portsmouth41213305
15Wycombe41213305
16Yeovil41123304
17Newport411256-14
18Accrington411257-24
19Notts County411246-24
20Stevenage411247-34
21Grimsby410367-13
22Cheltenham403134-13
23Exeter410336-33
24Cambridge402236-32
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