League One
Scunthorpe2Portsmouth0

Scunthorpe United 2-0 Portsmouth

First-half goals from Lee Novak and Duane Holmes earned Scunthorpe a comfortable home victory over Portsmouth.

After a bright start, Novak had already been denied by the woodwork when the former Charlton striker stroked a shot into the far corner after being teed up nicely by Jordan Clarke.

Pompey should have levelled after half-an-hour, but giant striker Oliver Hawkins headed wide from an inviting ball into the middle by Jamal Lowe.

It was a miss the visitors were made to pay for three minutes later, when Holmes reacted quickest to a high ball on the edge of edge by volleying in.

From that point on the Iron more or less went through the motions, staying solid and allowing Portsmouth plenty of possession outside of their penalty area.

A couple of long-range efforts, each of which was off-target, was the closest the visitors came to a consolation, as Scunthorpe eased to victory and a fifth clean sheet in six league matches.

Match report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Scunthorpe

  • 1Gilks
  • 2Clarke
  • 23McArdle
  • 5Wallace
  • 33Butroid
  • 19HolmesSubstituted forMantomat 79'minutes
  • 12Bishop
  • 6Ojo
  • 11Morris
  • 17NovakSubstituted forHopperat 53'minutes
  • 9MaddenSubstituted forBurgessat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Mantom
  • 10van Veen
  • 14Hopper
  • 16Adelakun
  • 21Burgess
  • 22Sutton
  • 31Watson

Portsmouth

  • 1McGee
  • 20Thompson
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 17Donohue
  • 33Close
  • 7O'Keefe
  • 18Lowe
  • 8Pitman
  • 11KennedySubstituted forNaismithat 73'minutes
  • 9HawkinsSubstituted forChaplinat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Chaplin
  • 22Naismith
  • 25Talbot
  • 26Evans
  • 30May
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
4,685

Match Stats

Home TeamScunthorpeAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Scunthorpe United 2, Portsmouth 0.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

Sam Mantom (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Cameron Burgess replaces Paddy Madden.

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Funso Ojo.

Attempt blocked. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Sam Mantom replaces Duane Holmes.

Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth).

Foul by Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United).

Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kal Naismith replaces Matthew Kennedy.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Funso Ojo.

Attempt blocked. Ben Close (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Duane Holmes (Scunthorpe United).

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Close (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Lewis Butroid (Scunthorpe United).

Matthew Kennedy (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Oliver Hawkins.

Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

Attempt saved. Stuart O'Keefe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Tom Hopper replaces Lee Novak because of an injury.

Delay in match Lee Novak (Scunthorpe United) because of an injury.

Matthew Kennedy (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Scunthorpe United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury9720136723
2Peterborough96211910920
3Bradford9621169720
4Wigan96121761119
5Scunthorpe9531113818
6Blackpool95221511417
7Charlton95131412216
8Rotherham95042011915
9Blackburn8413128413
10Fleetwood84131415-113
11MK Dons9414911-213
12Oxford Utd93331410412
13Walsall93331316-312
14Bristol Rovers94051519-412
15Portsmouth93241112-111
16Southend92431317-410
17Doncaster9234101009
18Rochdale92341013-39
19Wimbledon9225510-58
20Northampton9216815-77
21Bury9135915-66
22Gillingham9135614-86
23Plymouth9126616-105
24Oldham91171223-114
View full League One table

Top Stories