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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Jack Sowerby (22')

Fleetwood move well clear of drop zone with victory at AFC Wimbledon

Fleetwood took a huge step towards survival in League One as Jack Sowerby's goal secured a vital 1-0 victory on a saturated pitch at AFC Wimbledon.
The Cod Army's third straight win took them eight points above the relegation zone with seven games left, while the Dons - still only two clear - remained in trouble.
Ashley Hunter had a powerful long-range effort beaten away by Wimbledon goalkeeper George Long, but conditions were difficult for both sets of players due to the standing water on the pitch.
Fleetwood adapted better, however, and were ahead after 22 minutes, when Conor McAleny found Sowerby in plenty of space and he gave Long no chance with an emphatic finish.
Egli Kaja then fired just wide after being well found by Tom Soares before Lyle Taylor wasted a glorious opportunity to equalise for Wimbledon from Dean Parrett's free-kick.
Taylor was then denied by a brilliant save by Alex Cairns after 57 minutes before Liam Trotter's 30-yard half-volley flew just over, but the hosts could not find a leveller.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wycombe Wanderers 17 +13 36
2 Ipswich Town 15 +15 33
3 Coventry City 17 +3 29
4 Peterborough United 17 +16 28
5 Blackpool 17 +5 28
6 Rotherham United 16 +12 27
7 Oxford United 16 +14 26
8 Fleetwood Town 15 +8 26
9 Sunderland 15 +6 25
10 Bristol Rovers 16 0 25
11 Shrewsbury Town 16 -2 24
12 Doncaster Rovers 14 +8 23
13 Portsmouth 15 +4 21
14 Gillingham 17 +1 21
15 Burton Albion 14 +3 20
16 Rochdale 18 -9 19
17 Lincoln City 17 -4 18
18 Tranmere Rovers 16 -10 16
19 Accrington Stanley 17 -10 15
20 AFC Wimbledon 17 -8 13
21 Milton Keynes Dons 17 -13 13
22 Southend United 17 -31 5
23 Bolton Wanderers 14 -21 1