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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 20 +15 43
2 Ipswich Town 20 +19 42
3 Sheffield Wednesday 20 +19 41
4 Barnsley 19 +9 33
5 Bolton Wanderers 19 +6 32
6 Peterborough United 20 +10 31
7 Derby County 19 +7 30
8 Portsmouth 18 +6 29
9 Port Vale 20 -5 29
10 Wycombe Wanderers 20 +3 28
11 Exeter City 20 +2 26
12 Lincoln City 19 -2 26
13 Shrewsbury Town 20 -2 26
14 Oxford United 20 +4 25
15 Bristol Rovers 20 -3 25
16 Cheltenham Town 19 -5 25
17 Charlton Athletic 20 +2 24
18 Fleetwood Town 20 +1 23
19 Accrington Stanley 20 -11 21
20 Cambridge United 20 -13 20
21 Forest Green Rovers 20 -21 17
22 Milton Keynes Dons 19 -11 15
23 Burton Albion 20 -15 15
24 Morecambe 20 -15 15