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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Lyle Taylor (15', 85', 90'+2')
  • Joe Newell (70')

Lyle Taylor's hat-trick downs Rotherham

Lyle Taylor finally ended his drought for AFC Wimbledon as his hat-trick fired them to a 3-1 win over Rotherham in Sky Bet League One.
Taylor, who Rotherham tried to sign in 2013, had not scored in 21 games going back to March but he made amends to earn the Dons the points in style, scoring two goals to clinch the game after Joe Newell's fine equaliser for the Millers.
His first came after only 15 minutes as he coolly clipped home after Andy Barcham's brilliant slide-rule pass cut the visitors wide open.
It was a rampant start for the Dons and only a brave header from Kieffer Moore kept Rotherham's deficit at one, when he cleared off the line.
The Millers were far better after the break but it was the hosts that went closest to scoring again, with Harry Forrester's delightful chip pushed on to the crossbar by goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell just after the hour-mark.
And that save proved important as in the 71st minute Rotherham levelled with a moment of real quality as Newell let fly with a first-time volley from 20 yards that rifled into the bottom corner.
Just as it looked like the Millers would push on and try and force a fourth win on the spin, Taylor struck again in the 86th minute, cutting in from the left and drilling home from 18 yards, and then completed his treble in time added on after a horrible mistake by Richard Wood.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Shrewsbury Town 17 +15 40
2 Wigan Athletic 17 +19 36
3 Bradford City 18 +7 33
4 Scunthorpe United 18 +9 32
5 Charlton Athletic 16 +7 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 16 +12 28
7 Oxford United 18 +9 26
8 Rotherham United 18 +6 26
9 Fleetwood Town 18 +1 26
10 Portsmouth 18 +1 26
11 Peterborough United 17 +3 25
12 Blackpool 17 +1 25
13 Milton Keynes Dons 18 -6 23
14 Southend United 17 -7 23
15 Oldham Athletic 17 -6 21
16 Bristol Rovers 18 -7 21
17 Doncaster Rovers 18 -2 20
18 Walsall 17 -4 19
19 AFC Wimbledon 18 -6 19
20 Gillingham 18 -7 18
21 Northampton Town 18 -15 18
22 Rochdale 17 -5 17
23 Plymouth Argyle 18 -15 14
24 Bury 18 -10 13