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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Will Vaulks (20')

Rotherham close in on play-off place with win at Gillingham

Rotherham all-but sealed their League One play-off place with a 1-0 win at Gillingham.
Will Vaulks scored the only goal of the game, but the Millers missed a host of other chances as they move to - in all likelihood - one more victory of a guaranteed place in the top six.
Paul Warne's men weathered an early Gills storm, which saw Conor Wilkinson head just over, and took the lead in the 20th minute.
Right-back Josh Emmanuel surged down the right and fed it to Michael Smith, who teed it up for Vaulks to smash home from 20 yards.
Richard Wood came close to doubling the lead soon after half-time when he ran out of defence all the way to the edge of the area, where his low shot was tipped around the post by Tomas Holy, with Wood's header from the resulting corner blocked.
The game should have been over in the 67th minute when Vaulks produced a defence-splitting pass for Ryan Williams, who raced through on goal but dragged his shot wide.
Williams also put a free header wide and then Smith wasted the opportunity of the match, blazing wide from Jon Taylor's cross, but the missed chances did not prove costly.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 33 +38 71
2 Barnsley 33 +31 66
3 Sunderland 32 +25 62
4 Portsmouth 33 +19 61
5 Charlton Athletic 33 +15 56
6 Doncaster Rovers 31 +19 53
7 Peterborough United 33 +7 52
8 Blackpool 32 +6 48
9 Coventry City 33 -1 46
10 Fleetwood Town 33 +8 45
11 Burton Albion 33 +2 43
12 Wycombe Wanderers 33 -5 43
13 Southend United 33 -1 40
14 Accrington Stanley 31 -9 40
15 Scunthorpe United 33 -17 40
16 Plymouth Argyle 33 -13 38
17 Gillingham 33 -13 36
18 Walsall 33 -19 35
19 Bristol Rovers 32 -4 34
20 Rochdale 33 -26 34
21 Shrewsbury Town 32 -10 33
22 Oxford United 33 -12 33
23 Bradford City 33 -16 33
24 AFC Wimbledon 33 -24 29