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Peterborough United 1-0 Portsmouth

Peterborough gave their League One promotion bid a welcome boost after back-to-back defeats with a 1-0 success that put another dent in managerless Portsmouth's play-off prospects.

The only goal arrived in the 32nd minute and it was one to forget for Pompey keeper Craig MacGillivray.

He was caught out by a goalbound Harrison Burrows corner and could only punch the ball against the back of defender Rasmus Nicolaisen for a calamitous own goal.

That proved enough for Darren Ferguson's men to halve the gap between themselves and leaders Hull to three points while also pulling four clear of third-placed Lincoln.

Pompey, under the temporary charge of Joe Gallen following the weekend sacking of Kenny Jackett, rarely looked like managing a reply as they slumped to a sixth defeat in their last eight league games.

Nicolaisen saw a shot bravely blocked by Mark Beevers before Jack Whatmough headed wide from a Lee Brown cross just before the hour.

Posh then looked likelier to extend their advantage with substitute Mo Eisa and Louis Reed both denied by MacGillivray before a last-ditch James Bolton challenge prevented Burrows from flicking in a Joe Ward cut-back.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Peterborough

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Pym
  • 6Kent
  • 4Thompson
  • 5BeeversBooked at 77mins
  • 23Ward
  • 14ReedSubstituted forMasonat 83'minutes
  • 12Brown
  • 3Butler
  • 16BurrowsSubstituted forBlake-Tracyat 89'minutes
  • 10DembéléSubstituted forEisaat 63'minutes
  • 9Clarke-Harris

Substitutes

  • 7Eisa
  • 13Gyollai
  • 17Jade-Jones
  • 18Blake-Tracy
  • 19Kanu
  • 24Mason
  • 27Barker

Portsmouth

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1MacGillivray
  • 6WhatmoughBooked at 41mins
  • 20RaggettSubstituted forWhiteat 73'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 15Nicolaisen
  • 13Bolton
  • 8Close
  • 4Naylor
  • 14CannonSubstituted forHarnessat 61'minutes
  • 3Brown
  • 7WilliamsSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 73'minutes
  • 11Curtis

Substitutes

  • 16Byers
  • 19Harness
  • 21Daniels
  • 22Ward
  • 23White
  • 26Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 37Mnoga
Referee:
James Oldham

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Portsmouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Portsmouth 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Portsmouth. Ben Close tries a through ball, but James Bolton is caught offside.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harvey White (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marcus Harness with a cross.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Peterborough United. Frazer Blake-Tracy replaces Harrison Burrows.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mohamed Eisa (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Reece Brown.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mark Beevers (Peterborough United).

  11. Post update

    Rasmus Nicolaisen (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Booking

    Harvey White (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Niall Mason (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Harvey White (Portsmouth).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Peterborough United. Niall Mason replaces Louis Reed.

  16. Post update

    Frankie Kent (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rasmus Nicolaisen (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harvey White with a cross following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Dan Butler.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Harness.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull362151061293268
2Peterborough34205954312365
3Lincoln City351871053371661
4Sunderland331612551262560
5Doncaster33175115142956
6Charlton361510115248455
7Ipswich34166123835354
8Oxford Utd341581149391053
9Gillingham36165155147453
10Portsmouth341571249371252
11Fleetwood3613111241301150
12Blackpool32148103729850
13Accrington33148114641550
14MK Dons36139145251148
15Crewe35139134346-348
16Plymouth36129154558-1345
17Shrewsbury321012103637-142
18Burton34118154457-1341
19Bristol Rovers3597193656-2034
20Wigan3597193861-2334
21Northampton3589183152-2133
22Wimbledon34711163357-2432
23Rochdale35710184364-2131
24Swindon3594224165-2431
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