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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Kyle Bennett (21')
  • Ben Reeves (45')

Depleted Bristol Rovers hold in-form Charlton to a draw

Injury-hit Bristol Rovers produced a battling display to hold promotion-chasing Charlton to a 1-1 League One draw at the Memorial Stadium.
The hosts took a 21st-minute lead after an error by Charlton skipper Jason Pearce, whose header back to goalkeeper Ben Amos lacked sufficient pace and Kyle Bennett nipped in to shoot home from close range.
Just before half-time the scores were level as Ben Reeves exchanged passes with Sullay Kaikai on the edge of the box and saw his shot brush the leg of defender Lee Brown to beat the dive of Sam Slocombe.
The Rovers goalkeeper had made a brilliant 36th-minute save to keep out a curling right-footed effort from Nicky Ajose and repeated the heroics on 53 minutes to keep out a similar effort from Reeves.
Already without half-a-dozen injured players, Rovers lost midfielder Liam Sercombe on 24 minutes and had to move captain Tom Lockyer forward from central defence. They gave a debut to 20-year-old left-back Michael Kelly in the closing stages.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 42 +44 87
2 Barnsley 43 +38 85
3 Portsmouth 42 +32 83
4 Sunderland 41 +33 80
5 Charlton Athletic 43 +23 79
6 Doncaster Rovers 42 +19 69
7 Peterborough United 42 +9 65
8 Coventry City 43 +3 64
9 Burton Albion 43 +11 60
10 Blackpool 43 +1 59
11 Fleetwood Town 42 +7 57
12 Oxford United 43 -5 56
13 Gillingham 43 -12 51
14 Bristol Rovers 43 -3 50
15 Shrewsbury Town 43 -7 50
16 Accrington Stanley 42 -18 48
17 Rochdale 43 -31 48
18 Wycombe Wanderers 43 -13 47
19 Plymouth Argyle 43 -18 47
20 Scunthorpe United 43 -24 46
21 AFC Wimbledon 43 -22 45
22 Southend United 43 -14 44
23 Walsall 43 -24 43
24 Bradford City 43 -29 36