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Portsmouth 2-1 AFC Wimbledon

Portsmouth began 2019 with a hard fought win over relegation-threatened Wimbledon to move five points clear at the top of League One.

Jamal Lowe opened the scoring when Wimbledon keeper Tom King failed to deal with a Ronan Curtis strike from the edge of the box and the Pompey winger coolly lifted the rebound over the stricken goalkeeper.

Pompey dominated the first half proceedings without seriously threatening to run away with the game.

There were chances for Tom Naylor and Jamal Lowe before Jack Whatmough halted a Wimbledon counter attack with an excellent tackle on Andy Barcham.

Wimbledon came out stronger in the second half with Portsmouth struggling to keep possession, though there were still opportunities for Curtis, who dragged a shot wide, and Gareth Evans, who shot straight at King.

The visitors got the goal their second-half display deserved on 75 minutes. Kwesi Appiah received the ball and unleashed a spectacular drive from 30 yards in to the top left hand corner leaving Craig MacGillivray with no chance.

That goal sparked life back in to the home side and they were back in front five minutes later with Curtis rising highest to nod in a fantastic floated cross from Ben Thompson.

The body blow after all the Dons hard work to get back in to the game took the momentum out of their challenge.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 2Walkes
  • 16Whatmough
  • 5Clarke
  • 38Haunstrup
  • 7Naylor
  • 32ThompsonSubstituted forBurgessat 90+4'minutes
  • 10Lowe
  • 26EvansSubstituted forCloseat 69'minutes
  • 11CurtisBooked at 80mins
  • 9HawkinsSubstituted forPitmanat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Burgess
  • 8Pitman
  • 17Donohue
  • 22Wheeler
  • 33Close
  • 35Bass
  • 37Green

Wimbledon

  • 1King
  • 2Watson
  • 30Kalambayi
  • 6Thomas
  • 3PurringtonSubstituted forGarrattat 83'minutes
  • 5Nightingale
  • 11Pinnock
  • 8HartiganSubstituted forEganat 73'minutes
  • 40WordsworthBooked at 55mins
  • 17BarchamSubstituted forJervisat 87'minutes
  • 9Appiah

Substitutes

  • 10Jervis
  • 12Garratt
  • 14Trotter
  • 20Sibbick
  • 22Wood
  • 24McDonnell
  • 28Egan
Referee:
Antony Coggins
Attendance:
18,732

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Christian Burgess replaces Ben Thompson.

Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Terell Thomas (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Jake Jervis replaces Andy Barcham.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tennai Watson.

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

Foul by Mitchell Pinnock (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Tyler Garratt replaces Ben Purrington.

Foul by Brandon Haunstrup (Portsmouth).

Ben Purrington (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 2, AFC Wimbledon 1. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Thompson.

Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt saved. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Ben Thompson (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, AFC Wimbledon 1. Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

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

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

Foul by Will Nightingale (AFC Wimbledon).

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

Foul by Will Nightingale (AFC Wimbledon).

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Alfie Egan replaces Anthony Hartigan.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Brett Pitman replaces Oliver Hawkins.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Close replaces Gareth Evans.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Brandon Haunstrup.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Anton Walkes.

Attempt saved. Anthony Hartigan (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Anthony Hartigan (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jack Whatmough.

Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Anthony Wordsworth (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Anton Walkes (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (AFC Wimbledon).

Attempt missed. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a fast break.

Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Anton Walkes.

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kwesi Appiah (AFC Wimbledon).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth26176346242257
2Luton26157449242552
3Sunderland24148245232250
4Barnsley25137540221846
5Charlton26144842301246
6Doncaster26136747321545
7Peterborough26128645331244
8Coventry26115102829-138
9Southend26112133231135
10Blackpool259882625135
11Fleetwood2697103530534
12Accrington259792735-834
13Burton2595113033-332
14Wycombe2688103438-432
15Walsall2688102841-1332
16Shrewsbury2679102932-330
17Rochdale2686123352-1930
18Gillingham2684143643-728
19Bristol Rovers2676132529-427
20Bradford2683153140-927
21Scunthorpe2676133251-1927
22Oxford Utd2668123141-1026
23Plymouth2666143147-1624
24Wimbledon2664162037-1722
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