Lowe double helps high-flying Portsmouth down lowly Oxford
Jamal Lowe bagged a brace as Portsmouth thrashed Oxford 4-1 at Fratton Park to make it three wins from three in League One.
Gareth Evans should have given Pompey a 25th-minute lead when the home side were awarded a penalty, but he saw his effort saved by Jonathan Mitchell.
Evans made amends for that miss when he beat Mitchell to open the scoring in the 48thminute after a number of wasted opportunities.
Pompey were gifted their second of the game through an own goal when Lowe’s cross was deflected in by Rob Dickie.
Lowe then got on the scoresheet himself in the 65th minute after he made the most of a goalmouth scramble to flick his shot over the head of the Oxford goalkeeper.
Portsmouth defender Jack Whatmough gave his side a late scare when he sliced Tony McMahon’s cross into his own net to make it 3-1.
However, Lowe wrapped things up in stoppage time with the best goal of the game, the forward curling his shot in from 25 yards out as rock-bottom Oxford were left still searching for their first point of the season.