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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 44 +47 91
2 Barnsley 44 +41 88
3 Portsmouth 43 +33 86
4 Sunderland 43 +35 84
5 Charlton Athletic 44 +27 82
6 Doncaster Rovers 44 +16 69
7 Peterborough United 43 +9 66
8 Coventry City 44 +2 64
9 Blackpool 44 +2 62
10 Burton Albion 44 +10 60
11 Oxford United 44 -4 59
12 Fleetwood Town 43 +6 57
13 Gillingham 44 -12 52
14 Accrington Stanley 44 -20 51
15 Rochdale 44 -30 51
16 Bristol Rovers 44 -4 50
17 Shrewsbury Town 44 -8 50
18 Wycombe Wanderers 44 -12 50
19 Southend United 44 -13 47
20 Plymouth Argyle 44 -21 47
21 AFC Wimbledon 44 -22 46
22 Scunthorpe United 44 -28 46
23 Walsall 44 -25 43
24 Bradford City 44 -29 37