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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 Rotherham United 32 +25 60
2 Coventry City 31 +16 60
3 Wycombe Wanderers 33 +7 59
4 Sunderland 32 +19 57
5 Peterborough United 33 +26 55
6 Fleetwood Town 31 +12 54
7 Portsmouth 31 +14 53
8 Ipswich Town 33 +13 52
9 Oxford United 32 +19 51
10 Gillingham 33 +9 50
11 Doncaster Rovers 32 +15 48
12 Burton Albion 32 +1 46
13 Bristol Rovers 32 -10 42
14 Accrington Stanley 32 -2 39
15 Lincoln City 34 -3 39
16 Blackpool 31 0 38
17 Shrewsbury Town 31 -10 38
18 Milton Keynes Dons 32 -8 36
19 Rochdale 32 -17 33
20 AFC Wimbledon 33 -14 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 31 -27 23
22 Southend United 33 -47 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 30 -38 11