The Black Cats made the long journey to the south coast to face Pompey and advance their promotion against one of their rivals

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It could be a big night for Sunderland’s League One promotion hopes when a win against one of their rivals sends a strong message to the league

Lee Johnson’s side are sure to be in great shape while Pompey comes into play after losing 4-1 to Northampton last weekend

Sunderland still has a fair share of injury problems but knows that Charlie Wyke has one of the best strikers in the country

We will have the latest information, with all builds, team news, game actions, analysis and reactions along the way

Sunderland showed a “steely focus” according to Lee Johnson when they beat rivals Portsmouth to get one step closer to promotion

Charlie Wyke scored his 26th Goal of the season to get Sunderland off the ground in the first half at Fratton Park Borrowed Rangers winger Jordan Jones added the second just before the hour

But just as impressive as the result was the control the Black Cats showed to concede another goal – their fifth in six games – and manage to even deny Pompey a shot on goal in the 90 minutes

“We had a steely focus on ourselves today,” said Johnson. “I noticed that right from the hotel

“I was very happy with it. It gave me a lot of satisfaction. I thought we were so professional after we scored our first goal”

It was almost 2-0 when Raggett nearly twisted a McGeady cross past his own goalkeeper, but McGillivray managed to keep her out

The visitors scored the second goal that earned their dominance early in the second half when some terrible defenses against Portsmouth saw Jones rob a defender before shooting in from a tight angle over the goalkeeper

Jordan Jones scored one goal and made another when Sunderland took another step towards promotion with a convincing win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park

Rangers winger Jones’ corner on loan was escorted home by Charlie Wyke early in the first half when great striker Sean Raggett slipped into his 26th year To score goal in all competitions this season

And just before the hour, Jones’s willingness to close the Pompey backline paid off when he forced the unfortunate Raggett into a catastrophic mistake before reaching the goal

It was Sunderland’s sixth win in seven straight games He kept the pressure on the leaders in the first division and offered the ideal tip for the final of the EFL Trophy on Sunday against Tranmere Rovers at Wembley

The Black Cats remain fourth in the table, but promotion rivals Peterborough, Lincoln and Doncaster have all lost points

Raggett rattles through a crowd of players to win a header, giving away a foul in the process

McGeady is rolling down the left side of McFadzean with the eye of a needle

MacGillivray fiddles with it, but Sunderland’s number nine fails to adjust his feet in time, and the pompey stopper collects on the second try

Jones turns left at the edge of the box and tries his luck, but with MacGillivray it’s right

You swing it back from the right side, but Burge comfortably gathers and hits the ground

McFadzean is really good at getting a cross from the left sideline, but it’s three feet out of Wyke’s reach

Daniels swings a cross towards Curtis at the far post, but there is too much on it and Sunderland takes a kick

The Sunderland winger gets away with it and throws it into the back of the net via MacGillivray

They hold the ball for a good two minutes before Jones makes another welcoming delivery from the right and Pompey clears it for a throw-in near the deadball line

Sunderland was really good tonight and if you put McGeady in those positions and give him a yard to fend off his shot, you know what he’s going to do, but you still can’t stop it

It’s almost impossible to stop, but that’s a great rescue for the goalkeeper [I’m building to the corner]

It’s simple well, I’m saying it’s a simple header that I don’t want to take away from Charlie

When you find yourself in this rich form, whatever you normally hit the target goes down

The defense was terrible but you still have to put it on the net and it was a great header

Sunderland showed a dominant first-half performance in their League One game against Portsmouth and led 1-0 at break

After a tense opening period, the Black Cats took the lead when Wyke was on hand to take a header home from Jones’ corner

Aiden McGeady had previously stabbed Pompey keeper Craig McGillivray with a vicious effort to earn the flag kick

It was almost 2-0 when Raggett nearly twisted a McGeady cross past his own goalkeeper, but McGillivray managed to keep her out

Naylor tries to turn a flank towards the Marquis at the far post, but there is too much and it goes out for a kick

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