Portsmouth 0 Northampton Town 0 - the match report
SKY BET LEAGUE 2
Sunday December 29, 3.00pm
NORTHAMPTON TOWN 0
Attendance: 15,426 (728 Cobblers fans)
Portsmouth: Trevor Carson, Danny East (sub Bondz N'Gala 79), Joe Devera, Sonny Bradley, Marcos Painter, Thierry Racon, Jed Wallace, Johnny Ertl (sub David Connolly 83), Roman Padovani, Ricky Holmes, Patrick Agyemang (sub Ryan Bird 74)
Subs not used: John Sullivan, Jack Whatmough, Jack Maloney, Ashley Harris
Cobblers: Matt Duke, Kevin Amankwaah, Joe Widdowson, Paul Reid, Lee Collins, Chris Hackett, Gary Deegan, Ben Tozer, Matty Harriott, Danny Emerton (sub Ishmel Demontagnac 82), Luke Norris (sub David Moyo 34)
Subs not used: Ben Heath, JJ Hooper, Connor Roberts, Ivan Toney, Matt Heath
Referee: Mr G Ward
5 cautions on or before 31 December; 1 match suspension
10 cautions on or before 11 April; 2 match suspension
15 cautions at any time in season; 3 match suspension
Sendings off: 2 cautions in one game; 1 match suspension but cautions do not count towards above totals. Other sendings off; 1 or 3 match suspension. Extra match ban for additional sendings off.
There were two changes to the side that started at Burton on Boxing Day with Danny Emerton and Matty Harriott replacing Darren Carter (suspended) and the injured Izale McLeod. Roy O'Donovan (ankle) was also unavailable for selection. Former Town loanee Danny East started for Portsmouth.
Pompey went close to breaking the deadlock after just 9 minutes, Jed Wallace curling a shot against the Cobblers crossbar.
A looping long throw from Ben Tozer caused Trevor Carson in the Portsmouth goal all sorts of problems midway through the first half but to his relief the ball came back off the bar before being cleared to safety.
The Cobblers dreadful run of injuries then continued with Luke Norris the latest victim, David Moyo coming on in his place.
After a bright start to the second half Matty Harriott saw a shot saved by Carson after an initial effort from Deegan had been blocked. A Chris Hackett cross on 66 minutes was then headed over by Moyo.
Caretaker boss Andy King made a change as the game entered the final 8 minutes, Ishmel Demontagnac coming on for Danny Emerton.
A ball from Demontagnac set Moyo clear on 89 minutes but despite appeals for a foul by a Portsmouth defender the referee waved play on and the game ended goalless.
PORTSMOUTH MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (1) 5
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (4) 8
CORNERS: (2) 8
FOULS: (9) 11
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (0) 3
COBBLERS MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 8
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (2) 4
CORNERS: (3) 7
FOULS: (4) 8
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
The above stats are recorded by club staff. The stats shown elsewhere on this page are recorded by Opta.