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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24

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