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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Chris Lines (90'+4')
  • Charlie Mulgrew (65' PEN)

Chris Lines denies Blackburn at the death

Chris Lines volleyed an injury-time equaliser as Bristol Rovers dented Blackburn's automatic-promotion hopes with a 1-1 League One draw at the Memorial Stadium.
The result left Rovers second in the table, five points above Shrewsbury, who have a game in hand.
The visitors took a 65th-minute lead when skipper Charlie Mulgrew netted from the spot, sending Sam Slocombe the wrong way with low shot after Tom Broadbent had brought down Richard Smallwood.
Derrick Williams should have made the game safe shortly afterwards, heading badly wide at the far post when it seemed easier to score.
That kept Bristol Rovers in it and deep into stoppage time the ball dropped invitingly to midfielder Lines inside the box for him to beat David Raya with a sweet right-footed volley.
There was little between the teams in a first half of few chances. Slocombe had to palm away an inswinging corner from Mulgrew in the sixth minute.
Bradley Dack volleyed over for the visitors and was denied by a saving tackle by Tom Lockyer, while at the other end Kyle Bennett fired over the bar and Ellis Harrison forced a low save from Raya.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 21 +18 47
2 Luton Town 21 +20 41
3 Sunderland 19 +21 40
4 Peterborough United 21 +12 39
5 Charlton Athletic 21 +9 37
6 Barnsley 20 +14 35
7 Doncaster Rovers 21 +8 35
8 Blackpool 20 +6 34
9 Wycombe Wanderers 21 +2 31
10 Walsall 21 -6 30
11 Coventry City 21 -3 29
12 Accrington Stanley 20 -2 28
13 Fleetwood Town 21 +5 27
14 Burton Albion 20 -2 27
15 Southend United 21 -3 26
16 Gillingham 21 -3 24
17 Shrewsbury Town 21 -3 24
18 Rochdale 21 -11 24
19 Oxford United 21 -6 22
20 Scunthorpe United 21 -15 21
21 Bristol Rovers 21 -8 17
22 Plymouth Argyle 21 -16 17
23 AFC Wimbledon 21 -16 15
24 Bradford City 21 -21 15