Result: Watford 2-0 Portsmouth

Michael Appleton
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Michael Appleton's reign at Pompey begins with defeat at Watford.

Portsmouth failed to pick up their first away win of the season in Michael Appleton's first game in charge as Watford eased to victory.

On loan winger Michael Kightly put the home side ahead after just 75 seconds when his opportunist shot was deflected past Stephen Henderson in the Pompey goal.

The Hornets continued to dominate and doubled the lead just before the half-time break.

Marvin Sordell peeled away towards the back post and volleyed Mark Yeates's corner home from ten yards.

Sean Dyche's side jump away from the relegation zone to 19th and lie level with Pompey on 19 points.

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CBournemouth462612898455390
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich TownIpswich4622121272541878
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves4622121270561478
8Derby CountyDerby4621141185562977
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham CityBirmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff CityCardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton AthleticCharlton461418145460-660
13Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461418144349-660
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds UnitedLeeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton WanderersBolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham461116194667-2146
RMillwall46914234276-3441
RWigan AthleticWigan46912253964-2539
RBlackpool45413283691-5525