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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Viv Solomon-Otabor (74')
  • Oliver Hawkins (83' OG)
  • Brett Pitman (52', 86')
  • Ben Close (80')

Brett Pitman at the double for Portsmouth

Brett Pitman scored twice to help Portsmouth to a 3-2 win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in a game which produced four goals in the last 16 minutes.
Pitman's second goal was the winner, coming after Ben Close he had won it for Pompey, only for Oliver Hawkins to put through his own net.
Viv Solomon-Otabor came close for Blackpool, who were put up for sale by owners the Oyston family this week, after 50 minutes cutting in from the left and firing a low shot inches wide.
Two minutes later, though, it was Portsmouth who took the lead. Lowe's deflected shot was well saved by Ryan Allsop, but the ball dropped to Pitman who slotted into the empty net.
Blackpool equalised in the 74th minute when substitute Dolly Menga, making his debut, picked out an inch-perfect cross for Solomon-Otabor to draw them level from four yards.
But their lead lasted just six minutes. Keeper Allsop was unlucky again, making a superb save to deny Pitman but the ball broke to Close who stroked in expertly from 12 yards.
On 82 minutes the game twisted again as the Seasiders equalised for a second time when Hawkins headed into his own net.
Remarkably Portsmouth grabbed their winner just four minutes later when Pitman was left unmarked at the far post and nodded into the bottom corner from six yards.

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English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 13 +12 30
2 Peterborough United 13 +11 27
3 Barnsley 12 +17 25
4 Doncaster Rovers 13 +5 24
5 Sunderland 12 +11 23
6 Accrington Stanley 13 +4 23
7 Walsall 12 +3 22
8 Fleetwood Town 13 +9 20
9 Southend United 13 +1 20
10 Luton Town 13 +1 19
11 Charlton Athletic 12 +1 18
12 Coventry City 13 -2 18
13 Scunthorpe United 13 -6 17
14 Blackpool 11 +3 16
15 Burton Albion 12 -2 14
16 Rochdale 13 -9 13
17 Shrewsbury Town 13 -2 12
18 Wycombe Wanderers 13 -5 12
19 Gillingham 12 -7 11
20 AFC Wimbledon 13 -8 11
21 Bristol Rovers 13 -4 10
22 Bradford City 13 -10 10
23 Oxford United 13 -10 9
24 Plymouth Argyle 13 -13 7

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