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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 22 45
2 Milton Keynes Dons 21 44
3 Swindon Town 22 44
4 Preston North End 22 44
5 Bradford City 22 33
6 Sheffield United 22 33
7 Rochdale 22 31
8 Notts County 21 31
9 Chesterfield 22 31
10 Peterborough United 22 30
11 Oldham Athletic 22 30
12 Port Vale 22 29
13 Doncaster Rovers 21 29
14 Fleetwood Town 22 27
15 Walsall 22 27
16 Barnsley 22 26
17 Scunthorpe United 21 26
18 Gillingham 22 25
19 Coventry City 22 25
20 Leyton Orient 22 22
21 Crawley Town 22 22
22 Crewe Alexandra 22 22
23 Colchester United 22 20
24 Yeovil Town 22 20

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