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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 Luton Town 33 +38 71
2 Barnsley 33 +31 66
3 Sunderland 32 +25 62
4 Portsmouth 33 +19 61
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 Burton Albion 33 +2 43
12 Wycombe Wanderers 33 -5 43
13 Southend United 33 -1 40
14 Accrington Stanley 31 -9 40
15 Scunthorpe United 33 -17 40
16 Plymouth Argyle 33 -13 38
17 Gillingham 33 -13 36
18 Walsall 33 -19 35
19 Bristol Rovers 32 -4 34
20 Rochdale 33 -26 34
21 Shrewsbury Town 32 -10 33
22 Oxford United 33 -12 33
23 Bradford City 33 -16 33
24 AFC Wimbledon 33 -24 29