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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Matthew Clarke (62')

Matt Clarke heads Portsmouth to victory over struggling Bury

Matt Clarke's second-half header was enough for Portsmouth to beat bottom-of-the-table Bury 1-0 at Fratton Park.
Clarke was left unmarked as he charged in towards the back post to fire Pompey to their third league win in a row.
Bury had the first chance of the match in the 11th minute when Nicky Ajose forced Pompey goalkeeper Luke McGee into a save with a driving shot from just inside the area.
The home side then responded with a chance of their own through Danny Rose after he tried his luck from 40 yards out, only to be denied by Leo Fasan's fingertips.
Pompey then had another opportunity to go ahead in the 34th minute after a deflected pass reached Gareth Evans, who could only strike his effort at Fasan. Jamal Lowe immediately struck the rebound which went just wide of the post after hitting a defender on its way through.
But it was centre-back Clarke who broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute when he headed in from Evans' corner.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 28 +20 57
2 Luton Town 28 +29 56
3 Sunderland 27 +22 53
4 Charlton Athletic 29 +16 53
5 Barnsley 27 +24 52
6 Peterborough United 28 +9 47
7 Doncaster Rovers 28 +14 46
8 Fleetwood Town 29 +8 39
9 Blackpool 27 +2 39
10 Coventry City 29 -3 39
11 Southend United 28 +4 38
12 Wycombe Wanderers 28 -2 38
13 Burton Albion 28 0 36
14 Accrington Stanley 27 -9 35
15 Walsall 29 -12 35
16 Scunthorpe United 29 -17 34
17 Plymouth Argyle 29 -13 33
18 Shrewsbury Town 28 -6 31
19 Gillingham 28 -9 31
20 Rochdale 29 -24 31
21 Oxford United 28 -9 30
22 Bristol Rovers 28 -5 28
23 Bradford City 28 -16 27
24 AFC Wimbledon 29 -23 23