Clarke picks off Posh
Defender the unlikely hero for Shrimpers
Last Updated: August 9, 2008 9:01pm
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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Sat 9th Aug
Scunthorpe1 - 2Leeds
Crewe1 - 2Brighton
Yeovil1 - 1Walsall
Northamptn4 - 2Cheltenham
Huddersfld1 - 1Stockport
Hartlepool4 - 2Colchester
Southend1 - 0Peterboro
Leyton Or2 - 1Hereford
Leicester2 - 0MK Dons
Swindon3 - 1Tranmere
Oldham4 - 3Millwall
Bristol R2 - 3Carlisle
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