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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Gareth Evans (79')

Portsmouth snatch win at Walsall to close in on play-off places

Portsmouth moved to within two points of the play-off places with a third successive win as they beat struggling Walsall 1-0 to consign new boss Dean Keates to a second straight loss in charge.
The visitors controlled the first half and Ben Close should have done better than scuff a close-range volley straight at Walsall goalkeeper Liam Roberts from Gareth Evans' 12th-minute cross.
Pompey's 18-goal top scorer Brett Pitman twice glanced headers wide while Close volleyed off-target when Dion Donohue's long throw found him free inside the area.
Portsmouth continued to dominate after the break, Kal Naismith whipping a vicious effort inches wide from 20 yards and seeing another shot flash across goal and just past the post.
Walsall took until the 73rd minute to threaten as Luke Leahy's cross was met by a first-time Amadou Bakayoko volley that flew just over.
But Pompey deservedly won it six minutes later as Jamal Lowe teed-up Evans to fizz a fine strike into the bottom corner from 18 yards and condemn Walsall to a sixth defeat in their last seven.

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