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Exeter City 0-1 Portsmouth

Gary Roberts netted a late penalty as Portsmouth's rise up the League Two table continued with a win at Exeter.

The midfielder smashed the spot-kick down the middle of the goal after Pierce Sweeney was adjudged to have fouled substitute Kai Naismith in the area.

Portsmouth controlled the opening 45 minutes with Exeter struggling to get out of their half, but the visitors were unable to find that killer touch until late on.

Christian Burgess headed wide of goal, Roberts and Danny Rose fired efforts wide and high while the latter also saw another goal-bound shot bravely blocked by Troy Brown.

Exeter's one chance of the half fell to striker Liam McAlinden, who failed to react quickly enough to a cross and scuffed his shot into the arms of David Forde.

Curtis Main headed wide as the onslaught continued from Pompey and substitute Conor Chaplin saw a shot deflect just wide of the far post.

An Exeter counter led to Jake Taylor crossing, but Pompey cleared with Joel Grant lurking, while Pompey substitute Noel Hunt almost scored with his first touch but was denied by Bobby Olejnik.

However, Pompey finally broke the deadlock in the 85th minute when Roberts kept his composure from 12 yards, lifting his side into eighth place in the table.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31SweeneyBooked at 85mins
  • 39Brown
  • 26AmpaduSubstituted forOakleyat 76'minutes
  • 23Riley-LoweBooked at 90mins
  • 6TillsonSubstituted forGrantat 20'minutes
  • 4JamesBooked at 61mins
  • 25Taylor
  • 7HarleyBooked at 25mins
  • 14Watkins
  • 19McAlindenSubstituted forSimpsonat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Simpson
  • 12Grant
  • 16Oakley
  • 20Jay
  • 24Byrne
  • 30Pym
  • 36Egan

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 25Talbot
  • 6Burgess
  • 2Davies
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 4Rose
  • 7BakerSubstituted forChaplinat 64'minutes
  • 11Roberts
  • 10LalkovicSubstituted forNaismithat 74'minutes
  • 14MainSubstituted forHuntat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13O'Brien
  • 15Barton
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 22Naismith
  • 24Linganzi
  • 26Evans
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
4,512

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 0, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Portsmouth 1.

Foul by Connor Riley-Lowe (Exeter City).

Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by David Forde.

Attempt saved. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by David Forde.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Connor Riley-Lowe (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth).

Booking

Connor Riley-Lowe (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Connor Riley-Lowe (Exeter City).

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

Attempt saved. Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Drew Talbot.

Matt Oakley (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 0, Portsmouth 1. Gary Roberts (Portsmouth) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty Portsmouth. Kal Naismith draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Matt Oakley.

Hand ball by Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Connor Riley-Lowe (Exeter City) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Oakley replaces Ethan Ampadu.

Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Portsmouth).

Attempt blocked. Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Noel Hunt replaces Curtis Main.

Attempt missed. Michael Doyle (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lloyd James.

Attempt blocked. Milan Lalkovic (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ryan Harley (Exeter City).

Danny Rose (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Connor Riley-Lowe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Curtis Main (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Troy Brown (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morecambe540185312
2Luton5311104610
3Doncaster531195410
4Colchester531185310
5Mansfield531176110
6Carlisle52306429
7Plymouth53025509
8Portsmouth52214318
9Crawley52215508
10Leyton Orient52127527
11Notts County52127707
12Grimsby520311926
13Barnet51315416
14Cheltenham51315416
15Hartlepool51319906
16Crewe513167-16
17Blackpool51224405
18Newport512278-15
19Wycombe512235-25
20Accrington5113710-34
21Yeovil511347-34
22Stevenage5113612-64
23Exeter510437-43
24Cambridge502339-62
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