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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Andrew Cannon (25')
  • Adedeji Oshilaja (7')

Rochdale frustrated by Wimbledon as spoils are shared

AFC Wimbledon frustrated fellow relegation battlers Rochdale as they survived an onslaught to hold on for a point after a 1-1 draw at Spotland.
The visitors were fast out of the blocks and took the lead just six minutes in.
Lyle Taylor's free-kick from the left struck the Rochdale defensive wall and fell kindly for Adedeji Oshilaja, who slotted wide of Josh Lillis to put his side in the driving seat.
Dale were level after 27 minutes when Andy Cannon advanced towards the edge of the area and sent a low drive goalward - his effort taking a heavy deflection off Barry Fuller with the ball looping up and over George Long in the Dons goal.
Spurred on by that goal, the home side saw Ian Henderson's effort blocked on the goal-line by Tom Soares, while Stephen Humphrys headed over from point-blank range.
Dale started the second half still in the ascendancy, Bradden Inman and Humphrys seeing shots saved by George Long as Matty Done saw his volley deflected wide.
Humphrys hit the post with a late free-kick but the Dons held on for a point.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 43 +47 90
2 Barnsley 43 +38 85
3 Sunderland 42 +35 83
4 Portsmouth 42 +32 83
5 Charlton Athletic 43 +23 79
6 Doncaster Rovers 43 +17 69
7 Peterborough United 42 +9 65
8 Coventry City 43 +3 64
9 Burton Albion 43 +11 60
10 Blackpool 43 +1 59
11 Fleetwood Town 42 +7 57
12 Oxford United 43 -5 56
13 Gillingham 43 -12 51
14 Bristol Rovers 43 -3 50
15 Shrewsbury Town 43 -7 50
16 Accrington Stanley 43 -21 48
17 Rochdale 43 -31 48
18 Wycombe Wanderers 43 -13 47
19 Plymouth Argyle 43 -18 47
20 Scunthorpe United 43 -24 46
21 AFC Wimbledon 43 -22 45
22 Southend United 43 -14 44
23 Walsall 43 -24 43
24 Bradford City 43 -29 36