Dave Kitson’s close-range strike was the difference as Pompey chalked up their first win of the new Championship season with a 1-0 success over Reading.
The former Reading striker netted against his old club as he struck a smart low volley home from Liam Lawrence’s corner early in the second half of a cracking game at Fratton Park.
The Blues had the better of the first half as Greg Halford rattled the bar with a shot from the edge of the box that, while Kitson and David Norris both missed glaring opportunities.
But Reading had their moments as well as Jimmy Kebe’s diving header clattered the outside of Jamie Ashdown’s goal.
In an entertaining contest, Pompey again looked threatening after the break and got their reward when Kitson found himself unmarked in the box to fire home.
And the return of Benjani as a 75th-minute substitute so nearly created the killer second goal as his cross found Luke Varney, only for the forward’s shot to clip the outside of the post.
But Pompey played out time without too much fuss as the clock ticked down with Jason Pearce outstanding in central defence on his debut to hang on to a vital three points to kick-start their campaign.