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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Brett Pitman (40' PEN)
  • Jamal Lowe (55')
  • Will Grigg (89')

Portsmouth pick up vital win over Wigan

Paul Cook endured a miserable return to Fratton Park as promotion-seeking Wigan lost 2-1 at play-off chasers Portsmouth.
A first-half penalty from captain Brett Pitman and Jamal Lowe's second-half effort were enough to lead Pompey to victory over their former manager.
Substitute Will Grigg's late goal proved no more than a consolation strike for Wigan.
Pitman slotted Pompey in front from the penalty spot five minutes before half-time after Dan Burn had been adjudged to have fouled Ben Close.
Lowe doubled the home side's advantage 10 minutes into the second half, finishing neatly from seven yards after Nathan Thompson had drilled in a low cross from the right.
Wigan midfielder Nick Powell was then denied by the crossbar as the Latics piled on the pressure late on.
Grigg's close-range effort gave Wigan hope but Pompey held firm to claim a vital win to prolong their own promotion chances.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Rotherham United 26 +22 47
2 Wycombe Wanderers 26 +7 47
3 Ipswich Town 26 +15 45
4 Coventry City 25 +10 44
5 Oxford United 26 +17 41
6 Sunderland 25 +12 41
7 Portsmouth 25 +8 41
8 Burton Albion 25 +4 39
9 Doncaster Rovers 24 +12 37
10 Peterborough United 26 +9 37
11 Fleetwood Town 24 +7 37
12 Lincoln City 27 +3 37
13 Bristol Rovers 25 -5 36
14 Gillingham 26 +4 35
15 Blackpool 25 +3 34
16 Shrewsbury Town 25 -4 34
17 Accrington Stanley 26 -3 29
18 Rochdale 26 -13 28
19 AFC Wimbledon 26 -7 27
20 Milton Keynes Dons 27 -12 25
21 Tranmere Rovers 25 -17 22
22 Southend United 26 -37 13
23 Bolton Wanderers 24 -35 7