Lawrence spot on in Pompey win

A Liam Lawrence penalty was enough to sink Millwall 1-0 at the Den and lift Portsmouth further away from trouble in the Championship.

Last Updated: 19/10/10 at 22:28 Post Comment

Lawrence: Netted a penalty

Lawrence: Netted a penalty

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Lawrence hit his fifth goal of the season with 12 minutes remaining as the south coast club extended their unbeaten run to five matches.

They also had the woodwork to thank after Chris Hackett hit a post and Alan Dunne rattled the crossbar.

But things are looking up both on and off the field for Pompey, who expect to finally exit administration later this week.

Boss Steve Cotterill even had the rare luxury of being able to tinker with his starting line-up, with new loanee Greg Halford making his debut after joining from Wolves.

But it was Millwall who made the quicker start with Wales striker Steve Morison firing narrowly wide in the opening seconds.

Pompey then failed to clear Hackett's free-kick and Darren Carter's low shot, through a crowd of players, was beaten away by keeper Jamie Ashdown.

Pompey finally registered a shot on goal half an hour in, John Utaka beating two defenders on the edge of the box before shooting too close to David Forde.

But the visitors, still only able to name five subs, were forced into an unwanted reshuffle moments later when Ricardo Rocha limped off to be replaced by youngster Joel Ward.

They finished the first half strongly, though, with David Nugent shooting wide and Lawrence curling a free-kick narrowly over the top.

Nugent should have put them ahead in stoppage time when he went charging through but he delayed his shot allowing Darren Ward to clear.

Nugent had another gilt-edged opportunity straight after the interval when Utaka reached the byline and cut the ball back, but it got stuck under the former England frontman's feet and the chance went begging.

Moments later Nugent was able to tee up Utaka but this time the Nigerian's shot was high and wide.

Pompey survived a major scare in the 53rd minute when Scott Barron's free-kick across the box fell to Hackett.

His drive took a couple of deflections and eventually came back off the foot of the post.

And Carter should have done better when Liam Trotter's curling pass landed at his feet on the edge of the six-yard area but he blazed over.

Substitute Dunne was next to try his luck for the Lions but his 20-yard strike grazed the top of Ashdown's crossbar.

But it was Pompey who had the last word after Nugent was tripped by Hackett and Lawrence rammed home the penalty to seal the points.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Birmingham 0 0 0
2 Blackburn 0 0 0
3 Blackpool 0 0 0
4 Bolton 0 0 0
5 Bournemth 0 0 0
6 Brentford 0 0 0
7 Brighton 0 0 0
8 Cardiff 0 0 0
9 Charlton 0 0 0
10 Derby 0 0 0
11 Fulham 0 0 0
12 Huddersfld 0 0 0
13 Ipswich 0 0 0
14 Leeds 0 0 0
15 Middlesbro' 0 0 0
16 Millwall 0 0 0
17 Norwich 0 0 0
18 N Forest 0 0 0
19 Reading 0 0 0
20 Rotherham 0 0 0
21 Sheff Wed 0 0 0
22 Watford 0 0 0
23 Wigan 0 0 0
24 Wolves 0 0 0

Updated Mon, 14 Jul 2014

Footer 365

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are eyeing a six-trophy campaign this season

Gareth Bale says Real Madrid are targeting an even bigger trophy haul this season.

Friendly: Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 as Louis van Gaal era opens in style

Wayne Rooney, Reece James and Ashley Young all scored twice as Manchester United beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in Pasadena.

Premier League: Gylfi Sigurdsson delighted with move to Swansea from Tottenham

Gylfi Sigurdsson has told Sky Sports he is delighted to have joined former club Swansea from Tottenham.

Mail Box

Defending Woodward With Perspective

One Mailer is telling us to hold fire on our Woodward criticism, whilst we also have some wonderful PFA Team of The year geekery, a well done to Vieira and much more...

Why The Obsession Over The Captaincy?

Asks the morning mailbox, before hastily returning to the debate over who should replace Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Ed Woodward's spending plans and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property