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Glanford Park (ATT 2,596) 5th February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Rushton

Scunthorpe Scunthorpe United vs Portsmouth Portsmth

Scunthorpe 2

A Sodje (40, 85)

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Portsmth 1

L Walker (45+3)

Sodje goal lifts Scunthorpe

Last Updated: 05/02/13 10:26pm

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Akpo Sodje: At the double

Akpo Sodje: At the double

Striker Akpo Sodje struck twice on his home debut to steer Scunthorpe to a much-needed 2-1 victory against troubled Portsmouth in League One.

It was only Scunthorpe's second home win of the season - their first since September 20 - and was enough to lift them out of the bottom four.

But it was tough luck on Pompey, who looked set to halt their miserable run of seven successive league defeats.

In a dour affair between two struggling teams at Glanford Park on Tuesday night, it was Scunthorpe who broke the deadlock in the 40th minute when Sodje, playing against his elder brother Sam in the Portsmouth defence, raced in at the near post to head home a left-wing cross from full-back Callum Kennedy.

But a stunning equaliser on the stroke of half-time brought Portsmouth back on level terms when Liam Walker rifled a 30-yard free-kick into the top corner.

Pompey then had huge appeals for a penalty turned down early in the second half when they claimed a shot from James Keene had been blocked by an arm in a crowded box.

The visitors held on ruggedly at times until the 85th minute when Sodje struck again with a winner, getting his head to a hopeful high ball into the box from Kennedy.

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1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40