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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Patrick Madden (59')
  • Shaun Whalley (45'+3')
  • Nathan Thomas (82')

Shrewsbury return to League One summit

Shrewsbury moved back to the top of the table thanks to a late 2-1 victory at Fleetwood's Highbury stadium.
Wigan's shock 2-0 defeat to Blackpool and substitute Nathan Thomas' late winner ensured Paul Hurst's side moved back up to top spot.
Shrewsbury had the monopoly of the chances in the first half but Omar Beckles and Jon Nolan wasted golden opportunities for the Shrews.
And they struck in first half injury time just seconds after Fleetwood should have taken the lead.
Paddy Madden's first-time effort was thwarted by a brave Luke Hendrie sliding challenge. Beckles then led a charge up the other end that eventually saw Nathan Thomas whip the ball in for Shaun Whalley to nod home his 10th of the campaign.
Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler took a gamble sending on two fresh strikers into the mix for midfielders Toumani Diagouraga and Jack Sowerby and switched from 4-4-1-1 to three up top and it paid dividends.
It was not one of the substitutes, though, but Madden who pounced on some shaky set-piece defending by the Shrews to bundle home a 60th minute leveller.
But this Shrewsbury team never gives up and substitute Thomas popped up with an 82nd minute winner as Fleetwood fell to within two points of the drop zone after their fourth straight league defeat.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 17 +14 38
2 Sunderland 16 +19 35
3 Peterborough United 17 +11 33
4 Barnsley 16 +15 31
5 Luton Town 17 +8 29
6 Charlton Athletic 17 +6 28
7 Accrington Stanley 17 +2 28
8 Coventry City 17 +2 28
9 Blackpool 16 +3 25
10 Doncaster Rovers 17 +1 25
11 Walsall 17 -5 25
12 Fleetwood Town 17 +5 23
13 Southend United 17 -1 23
14 Burton Albion 16 0 21
15 Wycombe Wanderers 17 -1 21
16 Rochdale 17 -9 20
17 Gillingham 17 -3 18
18 Shrewsbury Town 17 -4 18
19 Scunthorpe United 17 -11 18
20 Bristol Rovers 17 0 17
21 Oxford United 17 -7 15
22 Plymouth Argyle 17 -11 13
23 AFC Wimbledon 17 -15 11
24 Bradford City 17 -19 10