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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Charlie Mulgrew (14', 70' PEN)
  • Danny Graham (60')
  • John Nolan (35' PEN)

Charlie Mulgrew's brace helps Blackburn sink promotion rivals Shrewsbury

Charlie Mulgrew struck twice as Blackburn defeated promotion rivals Shrewsbury 3-1.
Blackburn's captain marked his 50th league start with a goal early in the first half and although Jon Nolan's penalty levelled matters before the break, Danny Graham's 10th of the season and a Mulgrew penalty ensured Rovers moved to within two points of second-place Shrewsbury.
Bradley Dack's powerful strike was superbly tipped behind before Mulgrew's curling 25-yard free-kick went in off the post to open the scoring after 14 minutes.
The Shrews were awarded a penalty in the 35th minute when Carlton Morris was brought down by David Raya, and Nolan calmly slotted home his sixth goal this season.
Town started the second half well but Rovers regained the lead on the hour after a stunning turn and volley by Dack cannoned off the post and Graham reacted quickest to tap in.
Mulgrew made sure of the points in the 70th minute with a calm spot kick after Dominic Samuel was clattered, ending Shrewsbury's 10-match unbeaten run.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 27 +21 57
2 Luton Town 27 +25 53
3 Sunderland 26 +22 52
4 Charlton Athletic 28 +15 50
5 Barnsley 26 +21 49
6 Peterborough United 27 +13 47
7 Doncaster Rovers 27 +14 45
8 Coventry City 28 -2 39
9 Blackpool 26 +2 38
10 Fleetwood Town 27 +5 35
11 Burton Albion 27 0 35
12 Southend United 27 0 35
13 Wycombe Wanderers 27 -3 35
14 Accrington Stanley 26 -8 35
15 Scunthorpe United 28 -17 33
16 Walsall 27 -14 32
17 Gillingham 27 -6 31
18 Shrewsbury Town 27 -6 30
19 Rochdale 28 -24 30
20 Bristol Rovers 27 -4 28
21 Oxford United 27 -10 27
22 Bradford City 27 -12 27
23 Plymouth Argyle 27 -15 27
24 AFC Wimbledon 27 -17 23