Gillingham 0-1 Portsmouth: Matty Kennedy strike wins it for Pompey
By Simeon Gholam
Last Updated: 08/10/17 4:46pm
Matty Kennedy's strike earned Portsmouth a 1-0 win at struggling Gillingham in Sky Bet League One on Sunday.
The Scottish winger's effort just after half-time as enough for Pompey to seal all three points at Priestfield, lifting them up to 13th in the table.
Gillingham caretaker boss Peter Taylor made five changes to the side that beat Colchester in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek, while Portsmouth were without September Player of the Month Brett Pitman with a knee injury.
Gillingham, meanwhile, put in a passive display under caretaker boss Peter Taylor and remain in the relegation zone.
A relatively incident-free first half was livened up immediately after the break by Portsmouth's goal, with Curtis Main's thumping header bouncing off the past and into the path of Kennedy, who showed great composure to coolly slot the ball home.
Gillingham started to pick up a little and had the ball in the back of the net after 66 minutes, but Josh Parker's effort from close range was correctly ruled out for offside - although it was very close.
Gillingham: Holy (6), O'Mara (6), Ehmer (5), Nugent (5), Parker (5), Ogilvie (5), Hessenthaler (5), Bingham (5), Martin (5), Clarke (5), Wilkinson (5)
Subs: Tucker (5), List (5), Oldaker (n/a)
Portsmouth: McGee (6), Clarke (6), Hawkins (6), Donohue (6), Thompson (6), O'Keefe (6), Kennedy (7), Lowe (6), Bennett (6), Close (7), Main (7)
Subs: Haunstrup (n/a), Rose (n/a), Evans (n/a)
Man of the match: Matty Kennedy
The home side couldn't rally and find an equaliser, though, as Portsmouth saw the game out for victory.
Man of the Match
On a quiet afternoon at Priestfield Matty Kennedy was the standout player on the pitch, looking Portsmouth's biggest threat throughout and reacting quickest in the box to net the own goal of the game.
Both sides are back in Sky Bet League One action next Saturday, with Portsmouth hosting MK Dons and Gillingham travelling to Peterborough