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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 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24