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Bristol Rovers2Portsmouth1

Bristol Rovers 2-1 Portsmouth

A 90th-minute goal from substitute Liam Sercombe capped a storming Bristol Rovers comeback as they beat Portsmouth at the Memorial Stadium.

Sercombe struck the winner six minutes after Stuart Sinclair had cancelled out Oliver Hawkins' opener as Rovers ended a four-match winless run.

Neither side posed much of an attacking threat in the first half.

Billy Bodin had an early shot saved for Rovers and fired wide from one of their better opportunities after 38 minutes, while at the other end Jamal Lowe had a shot deflected for a corner and goalkeeper Adam Smith denied Brett Pitman.

Portsmouth took a 64th-minute lead when Hawkins directed a header past Smith from an Adam May cross.

The visitors looked in charge until Sinclair poached an 84th-minute equaliser, pouncing to net the rebound after Pompey goalkeeper Luke McGee had failed to hold on to a Bodin effort.

And in the last minute of normal time Sercombe netted with a low shot from 25 yards through a crowded penalty area after a free-kick had been played into the midfielder's path.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 22PartingtonBooked at 81mins
  • 16BroadbentSubstituted forSweeneyat 59'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 3Brown
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forSercombeat 74'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 24Sinclair
  • 10Bodin
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forHarrisonat 74'minutes
  • 11Nichols

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Sweeney
  • 7Sercombe
  • 9Harrison
  • 18Telford
  • 19Moore
  • 20Bola

Portsmouth

  • 1McGee
  • 20Thompson
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Burgess
  • 17Donohue
  • 30May
  • 33Close
  • 18LoweSubstituted forBennettat 90+2'minutes
  • 8PitmanSubstituted forMainat 81'minutes
  • 11Kennedy
  • 9Hawkins

Substitutes

  • 14Main
  • 19Chaplin
  • 23Bennett
  • 31Casey
  • 34Smith
  • 35Bass
  • 37Widdrington
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
10,014

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Portsmouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Portsmouth 1.

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Kyle Bennett replaces Jamal Lowe.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Portsmouth 1. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Brown following a set piece situation.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Close (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Portsmouth 1. Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Curtis Main replaces Brett Pitman.

Booking

Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Luke McGee.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam May (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Liam Sercombe replaces Ollie Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Rory Gaffney.

Delay in match Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Matthew Kennedy (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

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

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ryan Sweeney.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Portsmouth 1. Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam May with a cross.

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay in match Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Close (Portsmouth).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ben Close.

Attempt missed. Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ryan Sweeney replaces Tom Broadbent because of an injury.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Broadbent.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan25175350123856
2Shrewsbury25166333151854
3Blackburn25147445232249
4Scunthorpe26147537221549
5Bradford2615384234848
6Portsmouth26132113330341
7Rotherham26124104435940
8Peterborough2611694337639
9Charlton2510783232037
10Oxford Utd269894139235
11Doncaster2697102928134
12Fleetwood2696113640-433
13Blackpool2688103437-332
14Bristol Rovers26102143643-732
15Gillingham2671092729-231
16Plymouth2687112634-831
17Southend2687113042-1231
18Walsall257993134-330
19MK Dons2678112838-1029
20Oldham2677123948-928
21Wimbledon2576122231-927
22Northampton2665152046-2623
23Rochdale25410112535-1022
24Bury2545161938-1917
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