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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Michael Smith (9')
  • Caolan Lavery (90')

Rotherham secure top-six spot

Rotherham sealed their place in the League One play-offs with a hard fought 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers.
Michael Smith and substitute Caolan Lavery found the net to leave the Millers, aiming to secure an immediate return to the Championship, fourth in the table.
Rotherham stormed ahead in the ninth minute when Smith burst through the defence and curled an unstoppable effort into the top corner.
Will Vaulks had two chances moments after the goal but both flew just over the crossbar.
The away side's first major opportunity was created by Byron Moore as he danced into the box from the right wing. His eventual shot was weak and was pushed out by Marek Rodak.
Rotherham almost got a clinching second goal through substitute Ryan Williams but he could not get a clean enough touch on Joe Newell's near-post cross.
Rodak remained alert throughout and he denied Kyle Bennett with a save with his legs.
The points were sealed in the 90th minute with Lavery coming off the bench to turn in Newell's centre.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 15 +15 33
2 Wycombe Wanderers 16 +11 33
3 Peterborough United 17 +16 28
4 Oxford United 16 +14 26
5 Fleetwood Town 15 +8 26
6 Coventry City 16 +2 26
7 Sunderland 15 +6 25
8 Blackpool 16 +3 25
9 Bristol Rovers 16 0 25
10 Rotherham United 15 +11 24
11 Shrewsbury Town 16 -2 24
12 Doncaster Rovers 14 +8 23
13 Portsmouth 15 +4 21
14 Burton Albion 14 +3 20
15 Rochdale 17 -8 19
16 Gillingham 16 0 18
17 Lincoln City 16 -3 18
18 Tranmere Rovers 15 -8 16
19 Accrington Stanley 16 -9 15
20 AFC Wimbledon 16 -6 13
21 Milton Keynes Dons 16 -12 13
22 Southend United 17 -31 5
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 -22 -2