Pompey got their season up and running in emphatic style with a 3-0 win over Morecambe today.
Jed Wallace, David Connolly and Patrick Agyemang got the first-half goals against the 10-man Shrimps.
It was a dominant display from Guy Whittingham’s side as the cruised to a deserved success.
And it was a first clean sheet of the season for Pompey as they looked solid at the back.
The result gives their League Two campaign impetus after last weekend’s draw at Accrington.
It was a dream first half for a rampant Pompey side who carved out chance after chance.
Wallace had a shot cleared off the line from a tight angle after three minutes to set the tempo for the half.
Romain Padovani then fired over the top, before Stewart Drummond denied Joe Devera from a Wallace free-kick.
It was that man Wallace who made the breakthrough after 20 minutes from Patrick Agyemang’s through ball.
And it got better six minutes later as Whittingham’s side doubled their advantage.
Wallace was again at the heart of it as he broke and played in Andy Barcham.
The winger was tackled as he was about to shoot but the ball skewed to Connolly, who made no mistake.
A nightmare afternoon for Morecambe got worse after 36 minutes when they reduced to 10 men, as Andrew Wright was given a second yellow for a foul on the dangerous Barcham.
Connolly should have grabbed the third after 38 minutes when Andreas Arestidou saved his header from Padovani’s cross.
But Agyemang did just that 60 seconds later as he smartly fired in off the post after being freed by Connolly.
As exciting as the first-half was, the second proved to be a total non-event.
That was fine for Pompey, though, as they cruised through the half.
Devera headed wide from a corner after 58 minutes and debutant Marcos Painter had a shot saved by Arestidou with 11 minutes remaining.
But that was it in the way of chances as Pompey easily held on to put them on four points after three league fixtures.