Portsmouth 1-3 Gillingham
Portsmouth 1-3 Gillingham

Lee Martin bagged a second-half brace as Gillingham came from behind to beat Portsmouth 3-1 at Fratton Park.

Jamal Lowe gave Pompey a 19th-minute lead when he fired a close-range effort into the roof of the net for his seventh goal in all competitions this season.

And the 23-year-old should have doubled his side’s advantage just before the half-hour mark when he was in on goal but Gillingham defender Luke O’Neill got back to make a last-ditch tackle.

The visitors struck back through half-time substitute Conor Wilkinson in the 48th minute after he took a touch to set himself up before curling his shot into the bottom corner.

The Gills then took the lead through Martin when his free-kick managed to drift past everyone and find the back of the net.

And Martin got his second and secured all three points for the away side with a spectacular goal in the 80th minute, the Gillingham captain curling the ball into the top corner from outside the area.

The win sees Steve Lovell’s side climb to 11th place in League One, above their opponents and now sit just five points outside the play-off places.

Victory also made history for The Gills as well as they won at Fratton Park for the first time in 106 years.

Steve Lovell’s side now face league leaders Blackburn Rovers at Priestfield next Saturday with the anticipated return of Bradley Dack.


Portsmouth line up: McGee, Walkes, Clarke, Burgess, Ronan, Whatmough (Chaplin 76), Donohue, Lowe, Naismith, Deslandes (Haunstrup 65), Close.

Subs not used: Bass, Kennedy, May, Smith, Widdrington.

Goal: Lowe (19).

Booked: Burgess (28).

Gillingham line up: Holy, O’Neill, Ehmer, Zakuani, Reilly, Byrne, Hessenthaler, Martin (Nasseri 92), Wagstaff (List 79), Parker, Eaves (Wilkinson H/T).

Subs not used: Garmston, Nugent, Hadler, Moussa.

Goals: Wilkinson (48), Martin (66), (80).

Referee: Mr Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 18,246 (1,551 Gills)