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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 Luton Town 46 +48 94
2 Barnsley 46 +41 91
3 Charlton Athletic 46 +33 88
4 Portsmouth 46 +32 88
5 Sunderland 46 +33 85
6 Doncaster Rovers 46 +18 73
7 Peterborough United 46 +9 72
8 Coventry City 46 0 65
9 Burton Albion 46 +9 63
10 Blackpool 46 -2 62
11 Fleetwood Town 46 +6 61
12 Oxford United 46 -6 60
13 Gillingham 46 -11 55
14 Accrington Stanley 46 -16 55
15 Bristol Rovers 46 -3 54
16 Rochdale 46 -33 54
17 Wycombe Wanderers 46 -12 53
18 Shrewsbury Town 46 -8 52
19 Southend United 46 -13 50
20 AFC Wimbledon 46 -21 50
21 Plymouth Argyle 46 -24 50
22 Walsall 46 -22 47
23 Scunthorpe United 46 -30 46
24 Bradford City 46 -28 41