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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Matthew Clarke (6' OG)
  • Jason Demetriou (12', 84')
  • Gareth Evans (36')
  • Nathan Thompson (64')

Jason Demetriou double fires Southend to victory over Portsmouth

A brace from right-back Jason Demetriou saw Southend secure a 3-1 win against Portsmouth at Roots Hall.
The Cyprus international took his season's tally to eight with two more strikes as unbeaten Shrimpers boss Chris Powell secured a fourth win in five games.
Portsmouth - who had midfielder Nathan Thompson sent off in the 64th minute - gifted their hosts an early lead when Matt Clarke fired the past his own goalkeeper when an attempting to challenge Shayon Harrison.
A resurgent Southend doubled their lead in the 12th minute when Demetriou blasted home a Stephen McLaughlin pass from 20 yards but the visitors got back in the game in the 36th minute when Gareth Evans tapped home from close range.
However, Portsmouth's hopes were hit midway through the second half when Thompson was dismissed for a late challenge on Ben Coker.
And Southend were able to make the most of their extra man six minutes from time when Dru Yearwood charged forward and teed up Denetriou to net with a calm finish from 12 yards.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 46 +48 94
2 Barnsley 46 +41 91
3 Charlton Athletic 46 +33 88
4 Portsmouth 46 +32 88
5 Sunderland 46 +33 85
6 Doncaster Rovers 46 +18 73
7 Peterborough United 46 +9 72
8 Coventry City 46 0 65
9 Burton Albion 46 +9 63
10 Blackpool 46 -2 62
11 Fleetwood Town 46 +6 61
12 Oxford United 46 -6 60
13 Gillingham 46 -11 55
14 Accrington Stanley 46 -16 55
15 Bristol Rovers 46 -3 54
16 Rochdale 46 -33 54
17 Wycombe Wanderers 46 -12 53
18 Shrewsbury Town 46 -8 52
19 Southend United 46 -13 50
20 AFC Wimbledon 46 -21 50
21 Plymouth Argyle 46 -24 50
22 Walsall 46 -22 47
23 Scunthorpe United 46 -30 46
24 Bradford City 46 -28 41