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Portsmouth 0-1 Charlton Athletic

Nicky Ajose's first Charlton goal of the season gave the Addicks a precious victory over League One play-off rivals Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Ajose bagged the winner five minutes before half-time, slotting calmly past goalkeeper Luke McGee after strike partner Josh Magennis had nodded the ball into his path.

Both teams started nervously but Charlton were unlucky not to take the lead in the 21st minute.

Jake Forster-Caskey saw his long-range shot deflected wide and from the resulting corner Forster-Caskey's goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Nathan Thompson.

Pompey were poor throughout the first half and Matt Clarke's tame header from a Gareth Evans free-kick was their only shot on target.

Charlton came close to a second goal when a Ben Reeves volley shaved the post from the edge of the penalty area after Forster-Caskey's corner had been only half cleared.

Visiting goalkeeper Ben Amos saved smartly from Pompey substitute Connor Ronan and captain Brett Pitman as the hosts pushed for a late equaliser.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1McGee
  • 20ThompsonSubstituted forO'Keefeat 45'minutes
  • 5Clarke
  • 16WhatmoughSubstituted forBurgessat 45'minutes
  • 38HaunstrupSubstituted forRonanat 66'minutes
  • 33Close
  • 18Lowe
  • 26EvansBooked at 90mins
  • 17Donohue
  • 22Naismith
  • 8PitmanBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 6Burgess
  • 7O'Keefe
  • 9Hawkins
  • 11Kennedy
  • 14Ronan
  • 19Chaplin
  • 35Bass

Charlton

  • 1Amos
  • 15Konsa
  • 5Bauer
  • 6Pearce
  • 2PageSubstituted forMarshallat 62'minutes
  • 12Reeves
  • 3KashiBooked at 79mins
  • 19Forster-Caskey
  • 14Fosu-HenrySubstituted forDasilvaat 56'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 8AjoseSubstituted forKaikaiat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Magennis

Substitutes

  • 7Marshall
  • 11Kaikai
  • 13Phillips
  • 17Aribo
  • 22Dasilva
  • 26Lennon
  • 27Zyro
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
19,210

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Mark Marshall (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Stuart O'Keefe (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jake Forster-Caskey.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Sullay Kaikai replaces Nicky Ajose.

Booking

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gareth Evans (Portsmouth).

Mark Marshall (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay in match Ben Amos (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ben Amos.

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ben Amos.

Stuart O'Keefe (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Marshall (Charlton Athletic).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

Delay in match Ahmed Kashi (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

Ahmed Kashi (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Connor Ronan (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Connor Ronan (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Connor Ronan (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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

Booking

Jay Dasilva (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jay Dasilva (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt saved. Connor Ronan (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

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

Booking

Ahmed Kashi (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ahmed Kashi (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Ben Close.

Attempt blocked. Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic).

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

Foul by Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

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2Blackburn432612579384190
3Shrewsbury432411856362083
4Rotherham442371471512076
5Charlton441911145750768
6Scunthorpe4317161060491167
7Plymouth421810145350364
8Portsmouth44196195555063
9Peterborough4316131465551061
10Blackpool441514155953659
11Bradford42177185363-1058
12Bristol Rovers43168195864-656
13Southend431511175362-956
14Doncaster421315145250254
15Fleetwood44159205766-954
16Oxford Utd441411195863-553
17Gillingham441216164452-852
18Wimbledon431311194455-1150
19Walsall431212195163-1248
20Oldham431115175670-1448
21Rochdale431017164654-847
22Northampton441210224174-3346
23MK Dons431012214265-2342
24Bury44711263869-3132
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