Finally, after 70 minutes, there was a shot on target – and it resulted in a goal, too. This was no Sinclair classic, but pure poaching on the line by Wells from Lynch’s shot on the turn after Smith had knocked down a high ball into the box.
The tie was clinched in the 77th minute when Smith, the tallest man on the pitch, met Freeman’s free-kick with an emphatic header.
Queens Park Rangers (4-4-2): Lumley; Furlong, Hall, Lynch, Bidwell; Freeman, Luongo, Scowen, Osayi-Samuel (Eze, 72); Smith (Hemed, 90), Wells (Manning, 82).
Subs not used: Ingram, Eze, Wszolek, Kakay, Leistner.
Portsmouth (4-1-4-1): MacGillivray; Walkes, Burgess, Clarke, Brown; Naylor; Lowe, May (Morris 59), Close (Pitman, 75), Dennis (Evans, 60); Hawkins.
Subs not used: Bass, Haunstrup, Thompson.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).