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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Nicky Ajose (40')

Nicky Ajose on target as Charlton win at play-off rivals Portsmouth

Nicky Ajose's first Charlton goal of the season gave the Addicks a precious 1-0 victory over League One play-off rivals Portsmouth at Fratton Park.
Ajose bagged the winner five minutes before half-time, slotting calmly past goalkeeper Luke McGee after strike partner Josh Magennis had nodded the ball into his path.
Both teams started nervously but Charlton were unlucky not to take the lead in the 21st minute.
Jake Forster-Caskey saw his long-range shot deflected wide and from the resulting corner Forster-Caskey's goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by Nathan Thompson.
Pompey were poor throughout the first half and Matt Clarke's tame header from a Gareth Evans free-kick was their only shot on target.
Charlton came close to a second goal when Ben Reeves shaved the post with a volley from the edge of the penalty area after Forster-Caskey's corner had been only half cleared.
Visiting goalkeeper Ben Amos saved smartly from Pompey substitute Connor Ronan and captain Brett Pitman as the hosts pushed for a late equaliser.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 39 +45 83
2 Barnsley 39 +37 78
3 Portsmouth 39 +27 74
4 Sunderland 37 +30 73
5 Charlton Athletic 38 +18 67
6 Peterborough United 39 +6 58
7 Doncaster Rovers 38 +11 57
8 Blackpool 39 +2 56
9 Coventry City 39 0 56
10 Burton Albion 39 +7 53
11 Fleetwood Town 38 +8 52
12 Gillingham 39 -10 47
13 Oxford United 39 -9 46
14 Plymouth Argyle 39 -12 46
15 Bristol Rovers 38 0 45
16 Wycombe Wanderers 38 -11 44
17 Accrington Stanley 37 -14 44
18 Scunthorpe United 39 -20 44
19 Shrewsbury Town 39 -10 43
20 Southend United 39 -10 42
21 Walsall 39 -19 42
22 Rochdale 38 -29 41
23 AFC Wimbledon 39 -23 39
24 Bradford City 39 -24 36