Portsmouth 5-1 Bradford: Five-star Pompey thrash lowly Bantams
Last Updated: 03/03/19 8:00pm
Ben Close scored twice as promotion contenders Portsmouth got back to winning ways in the league for the first time since New Year's Day with a comprehensive 5-1 thrashing of managerless Bradford.
Former Bantam Gareth Evans gave a dominant Pompey the lead with a brilliantly struck 22nd-minute penalty following a foul on Oli Hawkins and Tom Naylor doubled the lead from close range three minutes before half-time.
Play was momentarily stopped when a drone was spotted by the referee hovering above Fratton Park and the players were ordered to the side of the pitch.
Hope Akpan got Bradford - whose manager David Hopkin quit earlier this week - back in the game in the 64th minute, stabbing home after a goalmouth scramble. The comeback was short lived as Jamal Lowe bundled in Lee Brown's cross to make it 3-1.
Close made it four by stretching to divert Evans' wayward half-volley beyond the diving Richard O'Donnell and he put the gloss on the win by grabbing his second late on from Ronan Curtis' centre.