Notts County rose to second in the League One table following a classy victory at Meadow Lane on Saturday as they met Michael Appleton’s struggling Portsmouth side.
French frontman Yoann Arquin scored two goals either side of an Alan Judge strike to seal the victory for County who have now gone six games without defeat in League One.
County opened the scoring when Judge teed up Arquin after just five minutes and the in-form striker volleyed a shot into the net from close range.
And the Magpies could have doubled their lead just after the half-hour-mark but for some great reactions from Pompey keeper Mikkel Andersen who did superbly to save Judge’s shot from the right with his legs.
As the second half began it was again Notts that took the reins as the ball fell to Judge and the Irishman hit a 30-yard thunderbolt that sailed into the net to double County’s lead, much to the despair of the diving Andersen.
Soon after it was three for Keith Curle’s side as a disheartened Portsmouth side fell apart. Judge won the ball in the away side’s half before finding Arquin with a weighted ball into the centre. The former Hereford United man did the rest, coolly slotting the ball into the bottom-left corner.
During the final stages, striker François Zoko fired over and Arquin went close to his hat-trick with a curling effort that was well gathered by Andersen.
Notts are now second in the League One table and sit just three points short of leaders Tranmere. They face a trip to Bramall Lane next to play Sheffield United on Saturday 29th September. Kick-off is at 3pm.
Notts County: Bialkowski, Kelly, Leacock, Liddle, Regan (Wholey, 61), Bishop (Campbell-Ryce, 46), J Hughes, Labadie, Judge (Bencherif, 81), Zoko, Arquin
Portsmouth: Andersen, Dumbuya, Harley, Gyepes, Michalik, Williamson, Howard, Compton (Walker, 82), Russell, McLeod (Harris, 57), Rodgers
Man of the match: Alan Judge
Referee: Geoff Eltrigham
Attendance: 6,834 (including 816 away supporters)