Pompey edge out Bury thanks to Clarke winner

Matt Clarke celebrates his goal against Bury
Matt Clarke celebrates his goal against Bury
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Pompey closed in on the play-offs with a hard-earned win over Bury.

Matt Clarke got the crucial goal as the Blues picked up a 1-0 win over the bottom-of-the-table side at Fratton Park.

That makes it seven wins out of eight for Kenny Jackett's men as their flying form continued in front of a crowd of 17,549.

Pompey had the vast majority of the ball and territory but found the improving Shakers hard to break down.

Danny Rose forced Leo Fasan into a fine save with his 30-yarder after 15 minutes.

Fasan again saved from Gareth Evans after 34 minutes after a fine run from Jamal Lowe.

There was applause for Pompey hall-of-famer Svetoslav Todorov at the interval, as he was introduced to the crowd along with FA Cup-winning captain Sol Campbell.

The goal came in the 62nd minute when Evans' header was met by Clarke from a corner.

From there, Pompey looked comfortable, with former striker Chris Maguire going closest for the visitors as he headed over Jay O'Shea's free-kick.

Danny Mayor also headed wide in the 84th minute, but the home side saw out the game comfortably enough.

That means goals scored now separates the Blues from the play-offs, with sixth-placed Charlton scoring two more than the Blues.