Match ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Portsmouth 0.
Fleetwood's terrific run continued as they deservedly hung on to edge out promotion rivals Portsmouth
Town's fifth straight victory helped them leapfrog Pompey in the table and back into the League One play-off places.
The hosts struck in the 12th minute when Danny Andrew drilled in a deflected cross which popped up perfectly for Callum Connolly to head home from close range.
The lead ought to have been swiftly doubled, but Wes Burns dragged an angled effort wide with only goalkeeper Alex Bass to beat.
Pompey almost evened it up soon after when Ronan Curtis' free-kick from the tightest of angles swirled in and struck the crossbar.
Seven minutes before the interval Fleetwood's leading scorer Paddy Madden fired in a 20-yard drive which Bass saved comfortably.
Madden tested Bass again on the hour mark after playing a smart one-two with Andrew, while at the other end Sean Raggett's effort was headed off the line by Lewie Coyle.
Substitute Josh Morris twice went close to adding a second for Fleetwood late on.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 6SouttarBooked at 45mins
- 15CouttsBooked at 90mins
- 7BurnsBooked at 83mins
- 4ConnollySubstituted forSowerbyat 81'minutes
- 21McKaySubstituted forMorrisat 76'minutes
- 17MaddenSubstituted forSaundersat 90+4'minutes
- 13BoltonSubstituted forMcCrorieat 57'minutes
- 42SeddonBooked at 90mins
- 4NaylorBooked at 90mins
- 9HawkinsSubstituted forWilliamsat 56'minutes
- Matt Donohue
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 1, Portsmouth 0.
Attempt missed. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Sean Raggett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Glenn Whelan (Fleetwood Town).
Hand ball by Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town).
Foul by Christian Burgess (Portsmouth).
Harvey Saunders (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Harvey Saunders replaces Paddy Madden.
Paul Coutts (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Sean Raggett (Portsmouth).
Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Steve Seddon (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Paddy Madden.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Harry Souttar.
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Lewie Coyle.
Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.
Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.
Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.
Attempt blocked. Steve Seddon (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.