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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 Coventry City 34 +18 67
2 Rotherham United 35 +23 62
3 Oxford United 35 +24 60
4 Portsmouth 35 +17 60
5 Fleetwood Town 35 +13 60
6 Peterborough United 35 +28 59
7 Sunderland 36 +16 59
8 Wycombe Wanderers 34 +5 59
9 Doncaster Rovers 34 +18 54
10 Ipswich Town 36 +10 52
11 Gillingham 35 +8 51
12 Burton Albion 35 0 48
13 Blackpool 35 +1 45
14 Bristol Rovers 35 -11 45
15 Lincoln City 35 -2 42
16 Shrewsbury Town 34 -11 41
17 Accrington Stanley 35 -6 40
18 Milton Keynes Dons 35 -11 37
19 Rochdale 34 -18 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 -13 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 -24 32
22 Southend United 35 -46 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 -39 14