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Roots Hall (ATT 8,665) 9th August 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Whitestone

Southend Southend United vs Peterborough United Peterboro

Clarke picks off Posh

Defender the unlikely hero for Shrimpers

Last Updated: 09/08/08 9:01pm

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Clarke: Match-winner

Clarke: Match-winner

Peter Clarke scored the winner to get Southend's season off to a winning start against League One newcomers Peterborough.

Peter Clarke scored the only goal of the game to get Southend's season off to a winning start against League One newcomers Peterborough.

Southend's Damian Scannell unleashed a curling right-foot shot that went just wide of the post before Nicky Bailey rifled in a 30-yard effort that Joe Lewis did well to hold.

The Posh blew a great chance when Chris Whelpdale's cross from the byline flashed across the face of goal and beyond the outstretched leg of Craig Mackail-Smith.

Peterborough had the final say of the half when Charlie Lee blasted a well-struck 25-yard shot inches wide of a diving Steve Mildenhall.

The second half was a fairly scrappy affair until Clarke's goal as Southend skipper Adam Barrett headed straight at Lewis and a Bailey shot was deflected just wide. Aaron Mclean had a great chance for Posh but his shot from 14 yards was parried for a corner by Mildenhall.

Southend upped the pressure and were rewarded when debutant Dan Harding's corner from the right dropped to Clarke and he lashed the ball into the roof of the net from six yards.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 10 24
2 Peterborough United 10 19
3 Swindon Town 9 18
4 Milton Keynes Dons 9 16
5 Rochdale 10 16
6 Preston North End 9 16
7 Sheffield United 9 16
8 Chesterfield 9 15
9 Bradford City 10 15
10 Notts County 10 14
11 Oldham Athletic 10 14
12 Fleetwood Town 10 13
13 Crawley Town 10 13
14 Gillingham 10 12
15 Coventry City 10 12
16 Yeovil Town 10 12
17 Walsall 10 11
18 Doncaster Rovers 9 11
19 Leyton Orient 9 10
20 Colchester United 10 9
21 Barnsley 9 9
22 Port Vale 10 9
23 Scunthorpe United 10 7
24 Crewe Alexandra 10 4

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