Portsmouth winger celebrates return to League One goal trail against Southend 

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Jamal Lowe toasted his return to the League One goal trail against Southend.

The Pompey winger's first-half header helped move his side six points clear at the top of the table. 

Jamal Lowe celebrates his goal against Southend. Picture: Joe Pepler

Jamal Lowe celebrates his goal against Southend. Picture: Joe Pepler

Lowe intelligently glanced home Ronan Curtis’ cross in the 29th minute to double the Blues’ advantage – after Michael Turner’s own goal broke the deadlock in the 11th minute. 

The ex-Hampton & Richmond man’s effort was his first in the third tier for 10 games.

During that period, there was a strike against Maidenhead in the FA Cup.

But Lowe was delighted to be back on the scoresheet in the league against the Shrimpers.

Lowe said: ‘It’s been a long time. The FA Cup game made it feel like it wasn’t as long.

‘But that was against non-league opposition and you should be scoring against those type of sides.

‘Today it was nice to get on the scoresheet. It was a good cross from Ronan (Curtis) and I just had to glance it in. 

'A third goal would have been nice but we defended well and kept a clean sheet.

‘It would have been lovely if Closey (Ben Close) had have finished it but it was good that he even gambled on the attack.

‘Fair play to him, he made the run and had a good connection on it but just missed.’

Chris Powell’s visitors failed to muster a single shot on target all game.

Lowe felt Pompey thoroughly deserved all three points.

He added: ‘Southend had a bit of possession in the second half but they had no chances or shots, really. 

‘Craig (MacGillivray) was clean at the end of the game. If your goalie is clean then he hasn’t had to dive anywhere – that’s a good sign.’