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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Jack Fitzwater (45')
  • Danny Graham (17', 26')

Danny Graham double keeps Blackburn top

Danny Graham's first-half double kept Blackburn top of League One as Rovers held off a Walsall fightback to win 2-1 at the Banks's Stadium.
Rovers led in the 17th minute as Adam Armstrong did superbly to control Elliott Bennett's over-hit cross and his low ball into the six-yard box was tucked home by Graham.
Walsall almost levelled two minutes later but George Dobson's 18-yard strike was cleared off the line by Darragh Lenihan.
Graham doubled Blackburn's lead after 26 minutes, stooping to head home Jack Payne's knockdown from Bennett's cross.
Rovers could have had more as Graham steered another Bennett cross wide and Armstrong flashed a fierce strike onto the crossbar from an acute angle.
But Walsall were back in it in the 45th minute as Rovers goalkeeper David Raya flapped at a corner and Joe Edwards' driven effort was hooked home from close range by Jack Fitzwater.
Raya atoned for his error with two superb second-half stops, tipping over Erhun Oztumer's 25-yard free-kick and rushing out to deny Saddlers substitute Julien Ngoy one-on-one as Blackburn clung on.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 17 +14 38
2 Sunderland 17 +19 36
3 Barnsley 17 +17 34
4 Peterborough United 18 +11 34
5 Luton Town 18 +12 32
6 Charlton Athletic 17 +6 28
7 Blackpool 17 +4 28
8 Doncaster Rovers 18 +2 28
9 Coventry City 18 +1 28
10 Accrington Stanley 18 0 28
11 Walsall 18 -5 26
12 Fleetwood Town 18 +5 24
13 Burton Albion 17 +1 24
14 Southend United 18 -2 23
15 Wycombe Wanderers 18 -1 22
16 Shrewsbury Town 18 -3 21
17 Scunthorpe United 18 -10 21
18 Rochdale 18 -10 20
19 Gillingham 18 -4 18
20 Oxford United 18 -6 18
21 Bristol Rovers 18 -1 17
22 Plymouth Argyle 18 -15 13
23 AFC Wimbledon 18 -16 11
24 Bradford City 18 -19 11