<
>
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 Sheffield Wednesday 28 +30 61
2 Plymouth Argyle 29 +21 61
3 Ipswich Town 29 +25 55
4 Derby County 28 +24 53
5 Bolton Wanderers 30 +15 53
6 Barnsley 27 +10 47
7 Peterborough United 27 +13 44
8 Wycombe Wanderers 28 +11 44
9 Shrewsbury Town 29 +5 44
10 Portsmouth 27 +2 38
11 Exeter City 29 +1 38
12 Charlton Athletic 28 +4 37
13 Bristol Rovers 29 -9 37
14 Port Vale 28 -11 36
15 Oxford United 30 -2 35
16 Lincoln City 27 -3 34
17 Fleetwood Town 28 -2 29
18 Cheltenham Town 28 -12 29
19 Milton Keynes Dons 29 -13 28
20 Burton Albion 28 -19 28
21 Morecambe 28 -14 27
22 Cambridge United 28 -23 26
23 Accrington Stanley 26 -20 25
24 Forest Green Rovers 30 -33 21