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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Tom Nicholls (65')
  • Rory Gaffney (72')

Tom Nichols ends Bristol Rovers goal draught

Tom Nichols' long wait for his first Bristol Rovers goal ended with a 65th-minute strike in the 2-0 Sky Bet League One victory over MK Dons at the Memorial Stadium.
The summer signing from Peterborough intercepted a poor back-header from Ed Upson and turned to fire low past Lee Nicholls.
Rory Gaffney doubled the advantage after 72 minutes with a fine low left-footed finish from the edge of the box as the home side emerged deserved winners.
Rovers were let down by poor finishing in the first half. Nichols miscued a 10th-minute volley, allowing Nicholls to make a diving save.
Gaffney mistimed a header when well placed and had a shot cleared off the line by Joe Walsh after Nicholls had saved from Liam Sercombe. The Dons keeper also did well to keep out a powerful drive from Lee Brown.
The visitors' best first-half chance fell to Chuks Aneke, who broke through the middle, but was denied by a brave Adam Smith save.
Rovers were the better side again in a second half that brought goals from Nichols and Gaffney, who was also denied brilliantly by Nicholls.

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English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wigan Athletic 46 +60 98
2 Blackburn Rovers 46 +42 96
3 Shrewsbury Town 46 +21 87
4 Rotherham United 46 +20 79
5 Scunthorpe United 46 +15 74
6 Charlton Athletic 46 +7 71
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 -1 68
8 Portsmouth 46 +1 66
9 Peterborough United 46 +8 64
10 Southend United 46 -4 63
11 Bradford City 46 -10 63
12 Blackpool 46 +5 60
13 Bristol Rovers 46 -6 59
14 Fleetwood Town 46 -9 57
15 Doncaster Rovers 46 0 56
16 Oxford United 46 -5 56
17 Gillingham 46 -5 56
18 AFC Wimbledon 46 -11 53
19 Walsall 46 -13 52
20 Rochdale 46 -8 51
21 Oldham Athletic 46 -17 50
22 Northampton Town 46 -34 47
23 Milton Keynes Dons 46 -26 45
24 Bury 46 -30 36