Fans show class as Pompey finish with Forest loss

David Norris tries to stop a clearance from Joel Lynch  Picture: Allan Hutchings

David Norris tries to stop a clearance from Joel Lynch Picture: Allan Hutchings

Fratton Park Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey signed off from the Championship with defeat at Nottingham Forest.

Dexter Blackstock was the difference with both second-half goals to give his side a 2-0 win at the City Ground.

But this wasn’t about the result for the 2,300 travelling Pompey fans at the game.

With many in fancy dress, the away fans had a party as they waved goodbye to the English game’s second tier.

And all players and staff gave them an emotional ovation at the full-time whistle, with shirts being thrown into the stand.

There was little action on the pitch in the first-half - with Chris Gunter blazing over the only real chance.

Forest made the breakthrough with 20 minutes left as Blackstock turned in Garath McLeary’s cross.

Jamie Ashdown made two world-class stops to deny Blackstock, before the striker’s header squirmed through Ashdown’s hands from a corner late on to settle it.

Now it’s all about the fight for the club’s survival off the pitch for Pompey - and, hopefully, a future in League One next season.

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