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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Josh Parker (7')
  • Tom Eaves (30', 36', 51')
  • Elliott List (90'+1')
  • Joel Grant (23')
  • Graham Carey (77')

Eaves' hat-trick dashes Plymouth's play-off hopes

Tom Eaves struck a hat-trick as Plymouth's faint play-off hopes were well and truly extinguished after a resounding 5-2 defeat at Gillingham.
Argyle not only needed to win but also required sixth-placed Charlton to lose - and for there to be a six-goal swing in proceedings.
Plymouth, who were in relegation trouble back in November, could not live with Steve Lovell's side and especially giant striker Eaves.
He struck a 21-minute hat-trick either side of the break to ensure Argyle will be playing in the third-tier next season.
Josh Parker's strike gave Gillingham an early lead before Anthony Grant bundled in an equaliser for the visitors.
But that was as good as it got for Derek Adams' side.
Eaves then stole the show, first capitalising on a slip from a defender and slotting home before finishing coolly to make it 3-1.
The giant striker followed up that feat to complete his second treble of the season with a header.
Graham Carey's header reduced the arrears for Argyle but sub Elliott List had the final say with a tight finish in stoppage time.

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English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wigan Athletic 46 +60 98
2 Blackburn Rovers 46 +42 96
3 Shrewsbury Town 46 +21 87
4 Rotherham United 46 +20 79
5 Scunthorpe United 46 +15 74
6 Charlton Athletic 46 +7 71
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 -1 68
8 Portsmouth 46 +1 66
9 Peterborough United 46 +8 64
10 Southend United 46 -4 63
11 Bradford City 46 -10 63
12 Blackpool 46 +5 60
13 Bristol Rovers 46 -6 59
14 Fleetwood Town 46 -9 57
15 Doncaster Rovers 46 0 56
16 Oxford United 46 -5 56
17 Gillingham 46 -5 56
18 AFC Wimbledon 46 -11 53
19 Walsall 46 -13 52
20 Rochdale 46 -8 51
21 Oldham Athletic 46 -17 50
22 Northampton Town 46 -34 47
23 Milton Keynes Dons 46 -26 45
24 Bury 46 -30 36