October 13, 2012
Pompey's climb continues
Portsmouth's rock-solid npower League One run continued as they collected their third win in four games with a comfortable 2-0 triumph over Crewe at Fratton Park.
The south-coast side stunned Crewe after just two minutes, when Wes Thomas caught Railwayman goalkeeper Alan Martin napping and headed home Jon Harley's deep cross from the left at the far post.
Thomas earned a penalty after 17 minutes when he was fouled by the visitors' Andy Bond. Izale McLeod stepped up, sent Martin the wrong way and blasted the spot kick to his left.
Pompey came close to going three-up when McLeod's wicked cross from the right was nearly slid into his own net by Bond, but Martin was alert to the danger and diverted the ball behind.
Martin pulled off another stunning save after 37 minutes. Thomas turned on to Brian Howard's pass and the Crewe goalkeeper flew to his right to palm his strike away.
Portsmouth's passing was appalling after the interval, but despite the visitors dominating possession, Crewe failed to craft any clear-cut chances.
|1 Mikkel Andersen||13 Alan Martin|
|3 Jon Harley||5 Mark Ellis|
|22 Adam Webster||2 Matt Tootle|
|16 Gabor Gyepes||3 Harry Davis|
|18 Johannes Ertl||28 Andrew Bond|
|20 Lubomir Michalik||8 Luke Murphy|
|7 Lee Williamson||14 Kelvin Mellor|
|17 Akos Buzsaky||26 Chuks Aneke|
|8 Brian Howard||10 Ajay Leitch-Smith|
|9 Izale McLeod||9 Mathias Pogba|
|14 Wesley Thomas||7 Max Clayton|
|13 Simon Eastwood||Ben Garratt 21|
|5 Josh Thompson||Gregor Robertson 15|
|15 Jordan Obita||Adam Dugdale 6|
|6 Liam Walker||Oliver Turton 12|
|10 Luke Rodgers||Jon Guthrie 16|
|21 Ashley Harrison||Byron Moore 11|
|11 Jack Compton||Brendon Daniels 18|
|Jack Compton for Akos Buzsaky (75)||Byron Moore for Ajay Leitch-Smith (30)|
|Luke Rodgers for Izale McLeod (87)|
|Izale McLeod (24)||Kelvin Mellor (34)|
|Brian Howard (27)|
|Lubomir Michalik (38)|
|Jon Harley (82)|
|Luke Rodgers (90)|
|Akos Buzsaky (38)|
|· Squads: Portsmouth | Crewe Alexandra|