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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 32 +25 60
2 Coventry City 31 +16 60
3 Wycombe Wanderers 33 +7 59
4 Sunderland 32 +19 57
5 Peterborough United 33 +26 55
6 Fleetwood Town 31 +12 54
7 Portsmouth 31 +14 53
8 Ipswich Town 33 +13 52
9 Oxford United 32 +19 51
10 Gillingham 33 +9 50
11 Doncaster Rovers 32 +15 48
12 Burton Albion 32 +1 46
13 Bristol Rovers 32 -10 42
14 Accrington Stanley 32 -2 39
15 Lincoln City 34 -3 39
16 Blackpool 31 0 38
17 Shrewsbury Town 31 -10 38
18 Milton Keynes Dons 32 -8 36
19 Rochdale 32 -17 33
20 AFC Wimbledon 33 -14 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 31 -27 23
22 Southend United 33 -47 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 30 -38 11