Pompey edge past AFC Wimbledon

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It was a tired performance at Fratton Park for the first game of Pompey’s 2019 run.

Pompey were first to open the scoring on just eight minutes when Jamal Lowe pounced on a goal keeping error from AFC Wimbledon keeper Tom King, slotting home the ball from close range.

Bottom placed AFC Wimbledon put up a spirited effort and looked to have secured a point against the blues following a wonderfully struck goal by Kwesi Appiah on 75 minutes.

However Pompey showed what they were made of and raised their game for the final push. Substitutes Brett Pitman and Ben Close helped to freshen up the side, clearly struggling from the busy festive period of games, but it was wide man Curtis who managed to find the net on 80 minutes, heading home from a lovely floated cross by Ben Thompson.

Ben Thompson was substituted in extra time, many Pompey fans will feel it could be his last game for Pompey and repaid the midfielder’s commitment and effort to the club with a standing ovation as he left the field of play.