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Portsmouth 2 - Northampton 0

Fratton Park

19/08/14; 7:45pm

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Portsmouth 2-0 Cobblers

An unbeaten start to the 2014/15 season is something that both sides had going into a meeting on Tuesday night, when it ended Northampton lost theirs.

Northampton travelled to Fratton Park to take on Portsmouth on Tuesday but it was Portsmouth that ran out 2-0 winners.

A little after the midway point of the first half Portsmouth broke through with Jed Wallace (26) getting onto the end of a cross from former England international Nicky Shorey, who had done well to win the ball.

Shortly before the break Craig Westcarr (39) made it two-nil as he got onto the end of Nigel Atangana pass.

It was a difficult evening for us with summer signing John-Joe O'Toole having our only meaningful effort on target, Portsmouth would have hade a third but for Atangana's shot coming back off the post.

Chris Wilder admitted that his side deserved to lose but bemoaned the probably season ending injury to Ian Morris after he was injured in training.

The boss expects Portsmouth to challenge for the title so there's no disgrace in defeat, he told BBC Radio Northampton: 'We were deservedly beaten today. For 20 or 25 minutes we were pretty comfortable.

'Portsmouth are on a great run from last year. They've strengthened their squad, they're leaving players out of their 18 that are established League Two and above players.

'We lost Ian Morris on Monday in training. I don't know if that affected the team because it was a real bad moment - we had to abandon training.

'But we've been beaten by a side I full expect to be challenging for the title.'

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