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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 Plymouth Argyle 15 +13 30
2 Wycombe Wanderers 14 +9 30
3 Wigan Athletic 13 +15 28
4 Sunderland 13 +11 28
5 Rotherham United 14 +13 27
6 Oxford United 14 +7 24
7 Milton Keynes Dons 14 +3 22
8 Burton Albion 15 -3 22
9 Sheffield Wednesday 14 +2 21
10 Ipswich Town 14 +7 20
11 Accrington Stanley 14 -6 20
12 Bolton Wanderers 15 -3 19
13 Cheltenham Town 14 -7 18
14 AFC Wimbledon 14 -3 17
15 Lincoln City 14 -1 16
16 Portsmouth 14 -3 16
17 Morecambe 14 -1 15
18 Cambridge United 13 -5 15
19 Gillingham 15 -6 15
20 Shrewsbury Town 15 -7 14
21 Fleetwood Town 13 0 13
22 Charlton Athletic 14 -7 12
23 Doncaster Rovers 13 -14 10
24 Crewe Alexandra 14 -14 8