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Portsmouth 2-0 Walsall

Ronan Curtis scored one goal and made another as Portsmouth cemented their four-point lead at the top of League One with a dominant win over Walsall at Fratton Park.

Pompey dictated the first half and should have had a penalty when Nicky Devlin clearly dragged down Gareth Evans in the box only for referee Alan Young to wave away their appeals.

Midfielder Ben Thompson also drilled a long-range shot wide before Oliver Hawkins opened the scoring in the 25th minute.

Republic of Ireland international Curtis' deflected cross looped kindly into the path of Hawkins, who headed in from close range at the far post.

Jamal Lowe made amends for an earlier miss by teeing up Curtis to make it 2-0 four minutes into the second half as the Irishman beat Liam Roberts at the second attempt after seeing his initial effort blocked.

Pompey would have scored a third but for a stunning acrobatic save from Walsall goalkeeper Roberts to turn Nathan Thompson's 20-yard pile-driver over the crossbar.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 20Thompson
  • 16Whatmough
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 32Thompson
  • 7Naylor
  • 10Lowe
  • 26EvansSubstituted forCloseat 85'minutes
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forWheelerat 74'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 9Hawkins

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 6Burgess
  • 8Pitman
  • 22Wheeler
  • 33Close
  • 37Green
  • 38Haunstrup

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6DevlinBooked at 55mins
  • 34Martin
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 28WilsonBooked at 61minsSubstituted forMorrisat 88'minutes
  • 15Kinsella
  • 4DobsonBooked at 82mins
  • 11GinnellySubstituted forRonanat 65'minutes
  • 29GordonSubstituted forCookat 78'minutes
  • 16Ferrier

Substitutes

  • 8Morris
  • 9Cook
  • 13Dunn
  • 20Johnson
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 30Osbourne
  • 31Ronan
Referee:
Alan Young
Attendance:
16,794

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 2, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, Walsall 0.

Attempt missed. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Wheeler (Portsmouth).

Foul by Morgan Ferrier (Walsall).

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

Attempt missed. Ben Thompson (Portsmouth) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Kane Wilson.

Foul by George Dobson (Walsall).

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

Attempt saved. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Russell Martin (Walsall).

Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Close replaces Gareth Evans.

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Booking

David Wheeler (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

George Dobson (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Delay in match Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Foul by Morgan Ferrier (Walsall).

Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Liam Roberts.

Attempt saved. Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Connor Ronan (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andy Cook replaces Josh Gordon.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jamal Lowe.

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. David Wheeler replaces Ronan Curtis.

Kane Wilson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Kane Wilson (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

Kane Wilson (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Connor Ronan replaces Josh Ginnelly.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth19135132151744
2Sunderland19117139182140
3Luton20115439211838
4Peterborough20115436241238
5Barnsley19105434191535
6Charlton1910453122934
7Doncaster209563026432
8Blackpool198742318531
9Coventry208572123-229
10Wycombe207762928128
11Accrington207762224-228
12Fleetwood207672821727
13Walsall207672128-727
14Southend2082102526-126
15Shrewsbury206682325-224
16Burton197392427-324
17Rochdale206592738-1123
18Gillingham2063112934-521
19Oxford Utd205692531-621
20Scunthorpe205692942-1321
21Bristol Rovers2045111721-417
22Plymouth2044122137-1616
23Wimbledon2042141430-1614
24Bradford2042141536-2114
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