Fleetwood 3 Pompey 1

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Fleetwood Town began their final push for promotion with a big win over Portsmouth.

Jon Parkin gave Town the lead just after the quarter hour, knocking home the rebound after Trevor Carson had denied Jamille Matt.

The second came from the penalty spot.

Steven Schumacher’s cross drifted out of play but Daniel Alfei was judged to have pushed Josh Morris inside the Pompey box, Antoni Sarcevic slamming his spot kick straight down the middle.

Charlie Taylor should have put it beyond doubt 10 minutes after the break, sent clear by Parkin he couldn’t beat Carson, Matt unable to turn the loose ball home.

The striker wasn’t to be denied his third is as many games, adding to Town’s lead soon after.

A Schumacher corner was met by the head of Nathan Pond, Pompey keeping the initial effort out only for Matt to pick up the pieces from close range.

Town looked to be going in for the kill.

Pompey sub Jed Wallace had other ideas, a stunning diagonal run from the right flank and a thunderbolt of a shot giving the visitors hope.

And they looked a danger on the break but couldn’t find a way through, Jake Jervis coming closest with a 90th minute drive, tipped over by Chris Maxwell.