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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Tom Nicholls (65')
  • Rory Gaffney (72')

Tom Nichols ends Bristol Rovers goal draught

Tom Nichols' long wait for his first Bristol Rovers goal ended with a 65th-minute strike in the 2-0 Sky Bet League One victory over MK Dons at the Memorial Stadium.
The summer signing from Peterborough intercepted a poor back-header from Ed Upson and turned to fire low past Lee Nicholls.
Rory Gaffney doubled the advantage after 72 minutes with a fine low left-footed finish from the edge of the box as the home side emerged deserved winners.
Rovers were let down by poor finishing in the first half. Nichols miscued a 10th-minute volley, allowing Nicholls to make a diving save.
Gaffney mistimed a header when well placed and had a shot cleared off the line by Joe Walsh after Nicholls had saved from Liam Sercombe. The Dons keeper also did well to keep out a powerful drive from Lee Brown.
The visitors' best first-half chance fell to Chuks Aneke, who broke through the middle, but was denied by a brave Adam Smith save.
Rovers were the better side again in a second half that brought goals from Nichols and Gaffney, who was also denied brilliantly by Nicholls.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 28 +20 57
2 Luton Town 28 +29 56
3 Sunderland 27 +22 53
4 Charlton Athletic 29 +16 53
5 Barnsley 27 +24 52
6 Peterborough United 28 +9 47
7 Doncaster Rovers 28 +14 46
8 Blackpool 27 +2 39
9 Coventry City 29 -3 39
10 Southend United 28 +4 38
11 Wycombe Wanderers 28 -2 38
12 Fleetwood Town 28 +5 36
13 Burton Albion 28 0 36
14 Accrington Stanley 27 -9 35
15 Walsall 28 -11 35
16 Scunthorpe United 29 -17 34
17 Shrewsbury Town 28 -6 31
18 Gillingham 28 -9 31
19 Rochdale 29 -24 31
20 Oxford United 28 -9 30
21 Plymouth Argyle 28 -14 30
22 Bristol Rovers 28 -5 28
23 Bradford City 28 -16 27
24 AFC Wimbledon 28 -20 23