League Two
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Portsmouth 3-0 Crawley Town

Curtis Main scored a first-half brace as Portsmouth eased past Crawley in their League Two clash at Fratton Park.

The goals were the summer signing's first in the league this season with fellow striker Gary Roberts also finding the back of the net to take his tally to four.

The first chance of the game fell to Crawley's James Collins in the second minute as he shot just wide after clever play on the wing from Enzio Boldewijn.

However, in the ninth minute Pompey left-back Enda Stevens' cross found Main in the box and the former Doncaster striker's effort soared into the roof of the net.

It was not long before the home side made it 2-0 as Roberts pounced on sloppy defending from Alex Davey in the 12th minute to place the ball into the top left-hand corner.

Pompey's third goal and Main's second of the game came in the 37th minute after Milan Lalkovic had his shot deflected by Mark Connolly which Crawley's goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin parried into the feet of the striker who smashed it in from six yards.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26Evans
  • 2DaviesBooked at 63mins
  • 6Burgess
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 4Rose
  • 7Baker
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forNaismithat 71'minutes
  • 10LalkovicSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
  • 14MainBooked at 33minsSubstituted forChaplinat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Clarke
  • 9Smith
  • 13O'Brien
  • 19Chaplin
  • 20Hunt
  • 22Naismith
  • 24Linganzi

Crawley

  • 13Mersin
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 5Davey
  • 14BlackmanBooked at 30minsSubstituted forArthurat 52'minutes
  • 10Banton
  • 15YorwerthSubstituted forPayneat 52'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 19Collins
  • 21YussufSubstituted forBawlingat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Beeney
  • 3Arthur
  • 4Payne
  • 17Bawling
  • 18Clifford
  • 20Tajbakhsh
  • 22McNerney
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
16,347

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Crawley Town 0.

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

Josh Payne (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay in match Tom Davies (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Jason Banton (Crawley Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Attempt saved. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Foul by Michael Smith (Portsmouth).

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny Rose (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Michael Smith replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Foul by Carl Baker (Portsmouth).

Josh Payne (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Tom Davies (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Collins (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Gary Roberts.

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Bobson Bawling (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Adi Yussuf.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

James Collins (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Curtis Main.

Booking

Tom Davies (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Davies (Portsmouth).

Jason Banton (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

Attempt missed. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Chris Arthur (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Carl Baker (Portsmouth).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Adi Yussuf.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Payne replaces Josh Yorwerth.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton6411145913
2Morecambe640297212
3Plymouth640265112
4Portsmouth632173411
5Mansfield632176111
6Doncaster6312107310
7Leyton Orient631296310
8Colchester6312108210
9Carlisle624075210
10Crewe62318809
11Blackpool62227438
12Notts County62229908
13Crawley622258-38
14Grimsby6213131127
15Stevenage62131213-17
16Barnet51315416
17Cheltenham61325506
18Exeter620469-36
19Hartlepool61321015-56
20Newport512278-15
21Accrington6123811-35
22Wycombe612349-55
23Yeovil6114410-64
24Cambridge603339-63
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