BURTON 1 POMPEY 2: At last! Blues end their awayday hoodoo
By Site reporter
Saturday 14 Sep 2013 18:55:00
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Much of the story of Pompey's visit to Burton was familiar. They got into the lead, they scored two goals - and they let in a late one.

The difference this time was that the one conceded was the only one - meaning strikes by Ricky Holmes and Simon Ferry were enough to give Guy Whittingham's team their first away league win of the season.

 

Even a late and needless red card for Yassin Moutaouakil couldn't prevent Pompey chalking up three points which carry them up to 13th in the table - just four points off the play-off places.

Pompey made no changes from the XI who started at Cheltenham last week. Tom Craddock was fit enough after a knee injury for a place on the bench.

 

An early blow for Pompey came when Joe Devera hobbled off injured. Bondz N’Gala replaced and it was Pompey who seemed to be settling into the game the better.

Jed Wallace and Patrick Agyemang combined for a chance that Wallace saw kept out by keeper Jordan Pickford.

Danny East sustained a cut to his face and had to go off for treatment. Pompey almost took the lead on 22 minutes but Holmes' cross was just beyond Wallace.

Holmes was on target to put Pompey ahead on 33 minutes, the winger firing in the rebound after Pickford could only push out Agyemang’s downward header.

The Blues were in the ascendancy and Andy Barcham went close with a header. At the other end, Adam McGurk’s long-range shot was too high.

Pompey carried on after the break where they'd left off before it and went 2-0 up six minutes in.

Burton felt Damien McCrory was fouled by Holmes in the build-up but the winger was allowed to go on and shoot - and when Pickford saved it, Ferry in was to net his first Pompey goal.

Holmes was on fire and forced Pickford to tip a free-kick on to the bar and Agyemang headed a chance just over.

Burton had more possession as the game wore on but looked short of ideas and relied heavily on long balls that the defence and keeper John Sullivan had no trouble dealing with.

With minutes to go, Moutaouakil kicked out twice at Jimmy Phillips and was shown a straight red card.

That was the signal for Burton's last effort to save the game and after Alex MacDonald shook the crossbar with a free-kick, Zander Diamond scored for the hosts. But there was barely time for the sides to kick off before the referee blew for full-time to give Pompey their first League Two away win.

Next up it's Fleetwood at home and the Blues must now try to string some wins together and get up among the leaders. On this evidence, that shouldn't be beyond them.

Pompey: Sullivan; Moutaouakil, Devera (N’Gala 7), Bradley, East; Wallace, Ertl (c), Ferry, Barcham; Holmes (Cooper 86); Agyemang (Craddock 90). Subs not used: Smith, Butler, Padovani, Bird.

Referee: Dean Whitestone

Attendance: 3,577

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