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Fratton Park (ATT 12,014) 1st April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Madley

Portsmth Portsmouth vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

Portsmth 1

D Connolly (53)

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Rovers edged out by Pompey

Last Updated: 01/04/13 6:23pm

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David Connolly: Match-winning goal

David Connolly: Match-winning goal

Portsmouth extended their unbeaten run to four matches after a David Connolly strike earned them a 1-0 home win over Tranmere.

Connolly converted Yassin Moutaouakil's cross from two yards in the 53rd minute and comfortably held on for their third straight home victory.

Tranmere's Sean McGinty came close to opening the scoring in a scrappy first half after 18 minutes, when Pompey goalkeeper Simon Eastwood had to tip his looping shot from the left over the bar.

Portsmouth striker Connolly should have put the hosts ahead after 38 minutes when Patrick Agyemang nodded Shaun Cooper's cross from the left into his path.

Connolly blazed his shot high over the bar and Agyemang fired wide of the upright in first-half stoppage time after giving Ash Taylor the slip and racing through on goal.

Connolly atoned for his sloppy finishing by giving Pompey the lead after 53 minutes when Moutaouakil fired across goal, giving him a two-yard tap-in he could not miss.

Pompey skipper Johnny Ertl nearly doubled his side's advantage three minutes from time when his fierce drive was beaten away by Tranmere goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams.

Tranmere were outclassed in the second period and home goalkeeper Simon Eastwood was rarely troubled as their promotion bid suffered a major setback.

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2 Swindon Town 20 41
3 Milton Keynes Dons 19 38
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6 Rochdale 20 30
7 Notts County 19 30
8 Oldham Athletic 20 30
9 Peterborough United 20 30
10 Bradford City 20 29
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12 Walsall 20 26
13 Chesterfield 20 25
14 Coventry City 20 24
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16 Port Vale 20 23
17 Doncaster Rovers 19 23
18 Gillingham 20 22
19 Scunthorpe United 19 22
20 Crawley Town 20 22
21 Yeovil Town 20 20
22 Leyton Orient 20 19
23 Colchester United 20 17
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 16