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Luton Town 1-3 Portsmouth

Portsmouth earned an impressive victory at fellow League Two promotion hopefuls Luton.

The visitors were close early on as Matt Clarke's header was hooked off the line by Alan Sheehan before the Hatters took the lead on seven minutes, top scorer Danny Hylton thundering a header into the net.

Hylton had a second ruled out for offside, and Pompey equalised through Michael Smith's wonderful angled side-footed finish from 20 yards.

Michael Doyle sent his effort into the side-netting for Pompey, and Christian Walton saved well from Gary Roberts' drive, with David Forde repelling Hylton's effort from distance.

Pompey were in front on the stroke of half-time, when a corner was not cleared and Gareth Evans fired into the net.

In the second period Portsmouth missed two glorious chances, Christian Burgess nodding against the bar and Evans glancing wide from eight yards out.

Luton almost had a leveller when Forde made a mess of James Justin's cross and Sheehan's follow-up was kicked off the line by Burgess.

However, Pompey sealed their win with four minutes to go, sub Kal Naismith lashing home from an acute angle.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Luton

  • 1Walton
  • 36JustinSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 86'minutes
  • 16Rea
  • 5Mullins
  • 44SheehanBooked at 65mins
  • 19LeeBooked at 64mins
  • 17Ruddock
  • 8McGeehan
  • 15GillieadSubstituted forCookat 58'minutes
  • 20VassellSubstituted forMarriottat 79'minutes
  • 9Hylton

Substitutes

  • 2O'Donnell
  • 4Smith
  • 6Cuthbert
  • 10Cook
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 14Marriott
  • 31King

Portsmouth

  • 1Forde
  • 26EvansBooked at 17mins
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 3StevensBooked at 49mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 4RoseBooked at 60mins
  • 23BennettSubstituted forWhatmoughat 88'minutes
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forNaismithat 74'minutes
  • 7Baker
  • 9SmithSubstituted forHuntat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 10Lalkovic
  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Whatmough
  • 20Hunt
  • 22Naismith
  • 24Linganzi
  • 25Talbot
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
8,805

Match Stats

Home TeamLutonAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 3.

Booking

Noel Hunt (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Danny Hylton (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Carl Baker (Portsmouth).

Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Noel Hunt replaces Michael Smith.

Foul by Michael Smith (Portsmouth).

Jordan Cook (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Jack Whatmough replaces Kyle Bennett.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Jonathan Smith (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Carl Baker (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces James Justin.

Goal!

Goal! Luton Town 1, Portsmouth 3. Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Jack Marriott replaces Isaac Vassell.

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

Foul by Isaac Vassell (Luton Town).

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

Foul by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Gary Roberts.

Attempt saved. Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Gareth Evans.

Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Isaac Vassell (Luton Town).

Foul by Danny Rose (Portsmouth).

Jordan Cook (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Alan Sheehan (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Carl Baker (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alan Sheehan (Luton Town).

Booking

Olly Lee (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Hand ball by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth1812242819938
2Carlisle1898132211135
3Doncaster17103435241133
4Portsmouth1894531181331
5Luton1886428181030
6Grimsby187562522326
7Crewe186842221126
8Wycombe187472122-125
9Mansfield186751920-125
10Blackpool186662921824
11Barnet185942425-124
12Yeovil177371822-424
13Hartlepool185762830-222
14Cambridge186481822-422
15Notts County186482229-722
16Stevenage166372324-121
17Colchester185582326-320
18Accrington185581924-520
19Crawley175571825-720
20Morecambe1862102135-1420
21Exeter1861112025-519
22Leyton Orient1853102023-318
23Cheltenham183961925-618
24Newport174582123-217
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