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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Nicky Ajose (40')

Nicky Ajose on target as Charlton win at play-off rivals Portsmouth

Nicky Ajose's first Charlton goal of the season gave the Addicks a precious 1-0 victory over League One play-off rivals Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
Ajose bagged the winner five minutes before half-time, slotting calmly past goalkeeper Luke McGee after strike partner Josh Magennis had nodded the ball into his path.
Both teams started nervously but Charlton were unlucky not to take the lead in the 21st minute.
Jake Forster-Caskey saw his long-range shot deflected wide and from the resulting corner Forster-Caskey's goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Nathan Thompson.
Pompey were poor throughout the first half and Matt Clarke's tame header from a Gareth Evans free-kick was their only shot on target.
Charlton came close to a second goal when Ben Reeves shaved the post with a volley from the edge of the penalty area after Forster-Caskey's corner had been only half cleared.
Visiting goalkeeper Ben Amos saved smartly from Pompey substitute Connor Ronan and captain Brett Pitman as the hosts pushed for a late equaliser.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 15 +15 33
2 Wycombe Wanderers 16 +11 33
3 Peterborough United 17 +16 28
4 Oxford United 16 +14 26
5 Fleetwood Town 15 +8 26
6 Coventry City 16 +2 26
7 Sunderland 15 +6 25
8 Blackpool 16 +3 25
9 Bristol Rovers 16 0 25
10 Rotherham United 15 +11 24
11 Shrewsbury Town 16 -2 24
12 Doncaster Rovers 14 +8 23
13 Portsmouth 15 +4 21
14 Burton Albion 14 +3 20
15 Rochdale 17 -8 19
16 Gillingham 16 0 18
17 Lincoln City 16 -3 18
18 Tranmere Rovers 15 -8 16
19 Accrington Stanley 16 -9 15
20 AFC Wimbledon 16 -6 13
21 Milton Keynes Dons 16 -12 13
22 Southend United 17 -31 5
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 -22 -2