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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 Coventry City 34 +18 67
2 Rotherham United 35 +23 62
3 Oxford United 35 +24 60
4 Portsmouth 35 +17 60
5 Fleetwood Town 35 +13 60
6 Peterborough United 35 +28 59
7 Sunderland 36 +16 59
8 Wycombe Wanderers 34 +5 59
9 Doncaster Rovers 34 +18 54
10 Ipswich Town 36 +10 52
11 Gillingham 35 +8 51
12 Burton Albion 35 0 48
13 Blackpool 35 +1 45
14 Bristol Rovers 35 -11 45
15 Lincoln City 35 -2 42
16 Shrewsbury Town 34 -11 41
17 Accrington Stanley 35 -6 40
18 Milton Keynes Dons 35 -11 37
19 Rochdale 34 -18 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 -13 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 -24 32
22 Southend United 35 -46 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 -39 14