Portsmouth 1-2 Scunthorpe: Match Report

23 November 2013 06:01
Portsmouth 1-2 Scunthorpe: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.

Syers helps Iron to shade Pompey

Loan signing Dave Syers scored his first two goals for managerless Scunthorpe United, who sent Portsmouth crashing to a fourth successive defeat with a 2-1 League Two win at Fratton Park.

Syers, who helped Doncaster Rovers win promotion to the Championship last season, struck twice either side of half-time as the Iron came from behind to halt a barren five-match run.

Scunthorpe, who sacked manager Brian Laws after the midweek 2-1 FA Cup defeat by Grimsby Town, spurned several good chances before Tom Craddock headed Portsmouth into a 36th-minute lead.

Pompey's first flowing move of the match culminated with Craddock heading his maiden Blues goal from a Ricky Holmes cross.

Portsmouth's lead lasted only four minutes, though, with Syers equalising at the far post after Andy Dawson's corner found its way through the six-yard box.

Deon Burton was the culprit as Scunthorpe bungled more chances before Syers grabbed their winner - Trevor Carson spilling Sam Winnall's left-foot shot into his path.

Portsmouth twice hit the Scunthorpe woodwork but Carson twice made fine saves to deny the visitors.

Source: PA