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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Michael Smith (17')
  • David Ball (62')
  • Richard Towell (81')

Northampton return to drop zone as Rotherham get back on track

Northampton dropped back into the Sky Bet League One relegation zone after suffering a heavy 3-0 defeat at home to Rotherham.
Michael Smith's early goal had the Millers ahead at half-time before David Ball's strike on the hour-mark and Richie Towell's well-worked third capped off a fine performance from the Millers, who remain in the top four.
Rotherham were on top from the word go and took the lead after 18 minutes when the home side failed to deal with Will Vaulks' long free-kick and Smith was left unmarked to shoot into the bottom corner.
Only a superb save by Richard O'Donnell prevented Towell from adding a quick second before he also denied Ball.
Northampton had to wait until 55 minutes for their first shot when Hildeberto Pereira's low drive was held by Marek Rodak, but Rotherham were soon two to the good.
Ball found the net from 12 yards after the Cobblers defence had failed to clear and Rotherham's victory was completed by Towell, who finished off a fine move by placing Anthony Forde's pass into the corner.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 11 +16 27
2 Wycombe Wanderers 12 +8 23
3 Peterborough United 12 +13 21
4 Bristol Rovers 12 +3 21
5 Fleetwood Town 11 +6 20
6 Blackpool 13 +2 20
7 Coventry City 12 +1 20
8 Oxford United 13 +10 19
9 Sunderland 11 +2 19
10 Rotherham United 11 +8 18
11 Doncaster Rovers 11 0 16
12 Lincoln City 13 -2 16
13 Shrewsbury Town 11 -3 16
14 Burton Albion 10 +5 15
15 Gillingham 12 +3 14
16 Portsmouth 10 +1 13
17 Rochdale 12 -7 13
18 Tranmere Rovers 12 -5 12
19 Milton Keynes Dons 12 -7 12
20 Accrington Stanley 12 -6 11
21 AFC Wimbledon 13 -6 9
22 Southend United 12 -19 4
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 -23 -8