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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Lee Novak (72')
  • Joe Newell (31')
  • Semi Ajayi (70')

Semi Ajayi's winner sees Rotherham close the gap on Scunthorpe

Rotherham cemented their place in the top six of League One with a hard-fought 2-1 success in an entertaining match at play-off rivals Scunthorpe.
The victory, earned by a goal in each half from Joe Newell and Semi Ajayi, was the Millers' fourth win in succession and they are now unbeaten in 11 games.
Rotherham had always looked the more likely scorers before winger Newell hooked them in front in the 31st minute on the back of the home side's failure to deal with a long throw into the penalty area.
Although the Iron upped their game after the goal, the Millers survived a penalty shout involving keeper Mark Rodak and Ivan Toney and a decent opening in a crowded box from which Rory McArdle was off target.
After the break, having weathered a Scunthorpe storm, the visitors were rewarded with a second goal when centre-half Ajayi looped home a header after a game of head tennis.
And though substitute Lee Novak responded almost immediately by rounding Rodak and slotting home, the Millers closed the game out comfortably to move within a point of their hosts.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 33 +38 71
2 Barnsley 32 +31 65
3 Portsmouth 32 +19 60
4 Sunderland 31 +23 59
5 Charlton Athletic 33 +15 56
6 Doncaster Rovers 31 +19 53
7 Peterborough United 33 +7 52
8 Blackpool 32 +6 48
9 Coventry City 33 -1 46
10 Fleetwood Town 33 +8 45
11 Wycombe Wanderers 33 -5 43
12 Burton Albion 32 +2 42
13 Southend United 33 -1 40
14 Scunthorpe United 33 -17 40
15 Plymouth Argyle 33 -13 38
16 Accrington Stanley 30 -11 37
17 Gillingham 32 -11 36
18 Walsall 33 -19 35
19 Rochdale 32 -25 34
20 Bristol Rovers 31 -4 33
21 Oxford United 32 -10 33
22 Shrewsbury Town 32 -10 33
23 Bradford City 33 -16 33
24 AFC Wimbledon 32 -25 26