League One
Portsmouth3Sunderland1

Portsmouth 3-1 Sunderland

Ronan Curtis.
Ronan Curtis (left) celebrates scoring Portsmouth's second goal in their 3-1 win over Sunderland

Ronan Curtis scored his eighth goal of the season to help League One leaders Portsmouth see off promotion rivals Sunderland at a sold-out Fratton Park.

Following a goalless first half, Gareth Evans put Pompey ahead from the penalty spot after Glenn Loovens was sent off for bringing down Oli Hawkins when he was clean through.

Republic of Ireland international Curtis doubled Pompey's lead from an unlikely angle as the winger slotted between Sunderland keeper Jon McLaughlin's legs from virtually the byline.

Sunderland pulled one back shortly after with Luke O'Nien free at the back post to convert Reece James' centre.

But the Black Cats' comeback hopes were quickly dashed when Ben Thompson added Pompey's third with a deflected shot after Hawkins' header was parried.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 20ThompsonBooked at 60mins
  • 16Whatmough
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 7Naylor
  • 32Thompson
  • 10Lowe
  • 26EvansSubstituted forCloseat 72'minutes
  • 11CurtisBooked at 52minsSubstituted forGreenat 88'minutes
  • 9HawkinsBooked at 27minsSubstituted forPitmanat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Walkes
  • 6Burgess
  • 8Pitman
  • 22Wheeler
  • 33Close
  • 35Bass
  • 37Green

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 4LoovensBooked at 47mins
  • 15Baldwin
  • 16James
  • 6Cattermole
  • 27Power
  • 19McGeadySubstituted forSinclairat 79'minutes
  • 10HoneymanBooked at 54minsSubstituted forMaguireat 59'minutes
  • 11Gooch
  • 14WatmoreSubstituted forOzturkat 49'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Oviedo
  • 5Ozturk
  • 7Maguire
  • 8McGeouch
  • 17Sinclair
  • 20Maja
  • 25Ruiter
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
19,402

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home10
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 3, Sunderland 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 3, Sunderland 1.

Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Max Power (Sunderland).

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.

Attempt missed. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ben Thompson (Portsmouth).

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ben Close (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Andre Green replaces Ronan Curtis.

Delay in match Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) because of an injury.

Foul by Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Brett Pitman replaces Oliver Hawkins.

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

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Jerome Sinclair replaces Aiden McGeady.

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

Foul by Reece James (Sunderland).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Close replaces Gareth Evans.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Alim Ozturk.

Attempt blocked. Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Ben Thompson (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Jack Baldwin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 3, Sunderland 1. Ben Thompson (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt saved. Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Max Power.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Booking

Nathan Thompson (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth23156239192051
2Luton23145445222347
3Sunderland21127242222043
4Charlton23134638251343
5Peterborough23118441291241
6Barnsley22116536211539
7Doncaster23116639281139
8Blackpool229762522334
9Wycombe238873332132
10Accrington228772527-231
11Walsall238782434-1031
12Fleetwood238693025530
13Southend2392122930-129
14Coventry2385102328-529
15Shrewsbury237792729-228
16Burton2283112631-527
17Rochdale2376103142-1127
18Oxford Utd236893135-426
19Gillingham2374123338-525
20Bradford2363142439-1521
21Scunthorpe2356122949-2021
22Bristol Rovers2355132028-820
23Plymouth2355132644-1820
24Wimbledon2353151734-1718
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