Portsmouth got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Shrewsbury Town 2-0 at Fratton Park to extend their unbeaten home league record to 15 matches.
In what was a hard-fought game in difficult conditions on the south coast, Pompey struck twice in the second half to seal all three points against the Shropshire side.
Ellis Harrison and John Marquis were both on target for Pompey, who remain in sixth place in the League One table, four points off the automatic promotion spots.
Pompey did not have a good record against the Shrews going into the clash, winning just one of their last five games against the Shropshire side in all competitions.
However, the win avenges Pompey’s defeat at the New Meadow from the beginning of the season.
Here are three things we learnt about Portsmouth from their important win on Saturday…
Fratton End hoodoo over for Marquis
In what was his 37th game for Pompey this season, John Marquis finally got his first goal in front of the Fratton End against Shrewsbury.
The 27-year-old slotted in a neat finish from 12 yards out into the far corner after latching onto Marcus Harness’ through pass.
The strike takes his goal tally for the season to 12, and the forward will be hoping he can kick on and improve that total significantly before the end of the campaign.
Jackett’s substitutions paid off
Kenny Jackett’s two early changes in the second half proved to be critical considering how the game panned out, as both Ross McCrorie and John Marquis made the desired impact.
McCrorie, brought on in place of James Bolton to add some more attacking intent down the right-hand side, provided the key assist for Ellis Harrison’s opener less than ten minutes after coming on, with a pinpoint cross to the back post.
Marquis, who was dropped for this game, came on at the same time as the Scot, and also proved to be a handful, scoring one of his two shots on target.
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Alex Bass superb once again
The 21-year-old registered his sixth league clean sheet of the season against Shrewsbury, putting in another accomplished performance beyond his years.
Bass’ standout moment during the game was an excellent acrobatic save to his right to deny Conor McAleny from outside the area.
Although question marks were raised when MacGillivray was dropped at the start of the year, Bass’ recent showings have proved that Kenny Jackett made the correct call..