Pompey extended their unbeaten League Two run to five games with an impressive 4-0 win over Hartlepool at Fratton Park today.
Caolan Lavery set the Blues on their way with a stunning opening goal, before Pools defender Adam Jackson inadvertently diverted past his own goalkeeper to double the home side’s lead at the break.
Paul Cook’s men made sure of the points on the hour mark when Gareth Evans fired home after Marc McNulty had been brilliantly denied by former Pompey stopper Trevor Carson in the visitors’ goal.
And McNulty then put the gloss on a superb win for the hosts with a coolly-taken goal a minute from time.
On a day to remember for promotion-chasing Pompey, it was Lavery who struck the first blow on 33 minutes with a goal of real individual quality.
The Sheffield Wednesday loanee collected a pass in his stride before curling a delightful strike into the top right-hand corner from the edge of the box.
The Blues’ lead was then doubled four minutes later when Jackson miscued past ex-Pompey man Carson from close range following Ben Davies’ low cross.
The points were sealed on the hour mark when McNulty’s effort was brilliantly saved by Carson - only to fall at the feet of a gleeful Evans who slammed home left-footed from just inside the area.
And McNulty rounded off a tremendous Blues display when collecting Enda Stevens’ through ball a minute from time and coolly slotting beyond Carson.