Peterborough 1-0 Portsmouth: Posh boost promotion bid with narrow win

Tuesday 16 March 2021 21:47, UK

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.

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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.

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