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Portsmouth 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Adam Armstrong scored twice as Blackburn returned to winning ways with victory at Portsmouth.

Armstrong fired the promotion chasers to a first victory in three matches three minutes from time after Conor Chaplin had cancelled out his first-half opener.

The visitors finished with 10 men after Lewis Travis was sent off in stoppage time for a shocking challenge on Nathan Thompson.

Blackburn had the better of the early exchanges and home goalkeeper Luke McGhee reacted smartly to deny Dominic Samuel with his legs.

Newcastle loanee Armstrong's classy 23rd-minute finish after Charlie Mulgrew had flicked on Richie Smallwood's cross gave Blackburn the lead.

Pompey captain Brett Pitman and on loan Tottenham defender Anton Walkes both went close for the south coast side before the break.

Chaplin looked to have rescued Pompey a point by heading his second goal in four days early in the second half.

But Armstrong had the final word when he rammed home from close range after catching the home defence cold.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1McGee
  • 2Walkes
  • 6Burgess
  • 5Clarke
  • 17Donohue
  • 26Evans
  • 33Close
  • 20ThompsonBooked at 30mins
  • 18LoweSubstituted forKennedyat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Pitman
  • 19ChaplinSubstituted forHawkinsat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hawkins
  • 11Kennedy
  • 14Ronan
  • 22Naismith
  • 29Deslandes
  • 30May
  • 35Bass

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2NyambeSubstituted forLenihanat 57'minutes
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 25Downing
  • 3Williams
  • 31Bennett
  • 6Smallwood
  • 23DackBooked at 3mins
  • 18Armstrong
  • 19PayneSubstituted forTravisat 57'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9SamuelSubstituted forGrahamat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 26Lenihan
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 35Travis
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
18,152

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Matthew Kennedy replaces Jamal Lowe.

Dismissal

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the red card.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

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

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

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Close (Portsmouth).

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Oliver Hawkins replaces Conor Chaplin.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Dion Donohue (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Downing (Blackburn Rovers).

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Dominic Samuel.

Foul by Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth).

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth).

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth).

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Anton Walkes (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

Hand ball by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).

Hand ball by Brett Pitman (Portsmouth).

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

(Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Downing (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury31197542241864
2Wigan30196556183863
3Blackburn32189558322663
4Rotherham321751055381756
5Scunthorpe331510848361255
6Bradford33155134850-250
7Charlton3113994138348
8Plymouth33138124142-147
9Portsmouth32144143938146
10Peterborough31129104941845
11Bristol Rovers32143154850-245
12Gillingham321111103736144
13Oxford Utd32118134950-141
14Southend32118133950-1141
15Walsall311010114245-340
16Doncaster33912123942-339
17Blackpool32911123943-438
18Fleetwood31106154350-736
19Oldham3399154658-1236
20Northampton33106173254-2236
21Wimbledon3297163242-1034
22MK Dons3179153044-1430
23Bury3268182647-2126
24Rochdale28510132940-1125
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