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Fleetwood Town 2-5 Portsmouth

Portsmouth ended 2018 on a high as the League One leaders fought back to thrash 10-man Fleetwood Town at Highbury.

Portsmouth took the lead in the 26th minute as Ben Thompson's sublime strike fizzed in off the woodwork.

Fleetwood had failed to pick up a point in their previous 24 games after conceding first but they found a way to fight back through talismanic forward Paddy Madden.

The striker fired home Lewie Coyle's cross in the 39th minute and then won the penalty that saw Town flip the game on its head before the break.

The Irishman was fouled in the box by Matt Clarke with Ched Evans rolling home the subsequent spot-kick in the 43rd minute.

But Town were down to 10 men in the 51st minute as Dean Marney picked up his second yellow card for a foul on Thompson.

Portsmouth were level moments later as Ross Wallace was ruled to have fouled Jamal Lowe at the back post.

Brett Pitman made no mistake from the penalty spot with Anton Walkes rocketing the ball home from distance to make it 3-2 in the 58th minute.

Fleetwood's James Wallace and Madden hit the woodwork but Joey Barton's side would be punished for those missed chances as Portsmouth increased their lead against the run of play in the 81st minute.

Lowe pirouetted in the box to fire past Cairns and then thundered another home to make it 5-2 in the 84th minute.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Fleetwood

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Cairns
  • 2Coyle
  • 20Morgan
  • 5Eastham
  • 23Wallace
  • 22HunterSubstituted forWallaceat 54'minutes
  • 25MarneyBooked at 51mins
  • 27BigginsSubstituted forBolgerat 79'minutes
  • 7BurnsSubstituted forDempseyat 63'minutes
  • 9Evans
  • 17MaddenBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 4Holt
  • 8Dempsey
  • 10McAleny
  • 12Bolger
  • 16Jones
  • 29Sheron
  • 38Wallace

Portsmouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 2Walkes
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 43mins
  • 16Whatmough
  • 3BrownSubstituted forHaunstrupat 19'minutes
  • 7Naylor
  • 32Thompson
  • 10Lowe
  • 33CloseSubstituted forEvansat 53'minutes
  • 11CurtisSubstituted forGreenat 90'minutes
  • 8Pitman

Substitutes

  • 6Burgess
  • 14Mason
  • 22Wheeler
  • 26Evans
  • 35Bass
  • 37Green
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
3,494

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Portsmouth 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 2, Portsmouth 5.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Craig Morgan.

  5. Post update

    Anton Walkes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ross Wallace (Fleetwood Town).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Andre Green replaces Ronan Curtis.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Anton Walkes (Portsmouth).

  9. Post update

    Ross Wallace (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Fleetwood Town 2, Portsmouth 5. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Thompson following a fast break.

  12. Post update

    Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Fleetwood Town 2, Portsmouth 4. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ronan Curtis.

  15. Post update

    Craig Morgan (Fleetwood Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  16. Post update

    Paddy Madden (Fleetwood Town) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Cian Bolger replaces Harrison Biggins.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Biggins (Fleetwood Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth25166344232154
2Luton25156449242551
3Sunderland23138244232147
4Barnsley24136540221845
5Peterborough25128545311444
6Charlton25134840291143
7Doncaster25126742321042
8Blackpool249872624235
9Coventry25105102629-335
10Accrington249782732-534
11Fleetwood2596103530533
12Southend25102133031-132
13Wycombe258893436-232
14Walsall258892739-1232
15Burton2494113033-331
16Rochdale2586113347-1430
17Shrewsbury2578102932-329
18Gillingham2584133641-528
19Bristol Rovers2575132529-426
20Oxford Utd2568113138-726
21Bradford2573152840-1224
22Scunthorpe2566133051-2124
23Wimbledon2564151935-1622
24Plymouth2556142847-1921
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