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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Conor McAleny (55')
  • Bradley Dack (28')
  • Richard Smallwood (83')

Richard Smallwood gives Blackburn late win at Fleetwood

Richard Smallwood struck the winner six minutes from time as Blackburn extended their unbeaten run after a 2-1 victory at Fleetwood.
Smallwood's 84th-minute curler from outside the box was enough to clinch all three points and keep the heat on second-placed Shrewsbury as Tony Mowbray's men made it 16 games without defeat.
Rovers outclassed Fleetwood in the first half with a moment of magic in the 27th minute from Bradley Dack giving them a deserved lead as he rolled the ball under Chris Neal from an angle on the left.
Dominic Samuel rattled the side netting and Derrick Williams' header crashed into the bar but the visitors only took a 1-0 lead in at the break.
Fleetwood came out all guns blazing in the second half and after Danny Graham had hit the woodwork for Blackburn, Conor McAleny pounced.
The forward seized on a poor Charlie Mulgrew back pass and coolly danced past David Raya before rolling the ball into an empty net in the 55th minute.
It was all Fleetwood from that point on but despite chances for Kyle Dempsey, Paddy Madden and Wes Burns they could not find a winner and Smallwood showed the hosts how it is done with minutes to spare.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 28 +20 57
2 Luton Town 28 +29 56
3 Sunderland 27 +22 53
4 Charlton Athletic 29 +16 53
5 Barnsley 27 +24 52
6 Peterborough United 28 +9 47
7 Doncaster Rovers 28 +14 46
8 Blackpool 27 +2 39
9 Coventry City 29 -3 39
10 Southend United 28 +4 38
11 Wycombe Wanderers 28 -2 38
12 Fleetwood Town 28 +5 36
13 Burton Albion 28 0 36
14 Accrington Stanley 27 -9 35
15 Walsall 28 -11 35
16 Scunthorpe United 29 -17 34
17 Shrewsbury Town 28 -6 31
18 Gillingham 28 -9 31
19 Rochdale 29 -24 31
20 Oxford United 28 -9 30
21 Plymouth Argyle 28 -14 30
22 Bristol Rovers 28 -5 28
23 Bradford City 28 -16 27
24 AFC Wimbledon 28 -20 23