Pompey defeated at Gigg Lane

Nigel Atangana. Picture: Joe Pepler
Nigel Atangana. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pompey made it five League Two games without a win as they went down to a 3-0 defeat at Bury this afternoon.

Goals from Danny Mayor (eight), Ryan Lowe (44) and Danny Rose (60) proved the Blues’ downfall at Gigg Lane as the high-flying hosts were too strong for Andy Awford’s side.

Mayor opened the scoring, capitalising on Alex Wynter’s poor pass back to Johnny Ertl which eventually saw the attacking midfielder curl a superb effort into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box.

Pompey’s response was immediate, with Michael Drennan appealing for a penalty after being brought down by Nathan Cameron, before the on-loan Villa striker toe-poked over from the edge of the box.

But it was the home side who looked mostly likely to score again, with Tom Soares and Lowe failing to take advantage of opportunities that fell their way.

They got the two-goal cushion their play deserved, though, when another defensive error saw Nicky Adams in acres of space in the Pompey penalty area on the stroke of half-time.

The unmarked attacker was able to pick out Lowe in the middle of the box and the striker did the rest as he knocked the ball past the outstretched Jones.

Awford made two changes to his side at the start of the second half, with Ricky Holmes and Ben Close replacing Wynter and Nigel Atangana.

The Blues also swapped their initial 3-5-2 formation for a 4-4-2 system but it was only 15 minutes after the restart that Pompey were undone again.

Lowe turned the returning Ben Chorley in the box and was afforded enough time to pick out Rose, who expertly deflected the ball past Jones and into the far corner of the net.

Bury were now in total control and had chances to extend their lead further.

For the visitors, a Jed Wallace volley that was blocked on 71 minutes was the best they could muster, leaving Pompey without a league win since the 3-0 victory against Dagenham & Redbridge on September 16.

Awford’s side are also without an away day league victory since the 1-0 triumph over Oxford on August 23.