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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Ian Henderson (24')
  • Joseph Rafferty (26')
  • Matt Done (90'+1')
  • Tom Eaves (44')

Rochdale ease past 10-man Gillingham at Spotland

Rochdale strolled to a comfortable 3-0 League One victory against a Gillingham side forced to play out the second half with 10 men.
The Gills lost striker Tom Eaves to a red card - for his second booking - just before the break for an elbow on Joe Rafferty and by that stage they were already two goals down.
The breakthrough arrived in the 24th minute as a weaving run forward from left-back Joe Bunney took him past three opponents and - while his low drive towards the bottom was saved by Tomas Holy - the goalkeeper only succeeded in parrying the ball into the path of Ian Henderson, who tapped home from close range.
It was 2-0 two minutes later as Rafferty headed into an empty net after Holy spilled Steven Davies' free-kick.
Gillingham's afternoon went from bad to worse in the 44th minute when Eaves was dismissed for an elbow on Rafferty right under the nose of referee Eddie Ilderton.
Henderson saw an 86th-minute penalty saved by Holy before substitute Matt Done added a third for Dale in the 91st minute, racing through unmarked and slipping home a neat finish.

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