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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Rory Gaffney (5')
  • Ollie Clarke (86')
  • Sam Slocombe (60')
  • James Wilson (58')

Ten-man Bristol Rovers snatch Walsall win

Ollie Clarke volleyed a late winner to give 10-man Bristol Rovers a 2-1 victory over Walsall at the Memorial Stadium.
The midfielder shot home from eight yards in the 86th minute after a cross from the left rebounded into his path off a Walsall defender.
Rovers had gone in front after only five minutes when a slip by Jon Guthrie allowed Rory Gaffney to latch on to a long ball from Chris Lines and advance to beat Mark Gillespie with a neat chip.
But Walsall had the better of the opening half and should have equalised four minutes before the break when Luke Leahy headed badly wide from an Erhun Oztumer free-kick.
The Saddlers equalised after 58 minutes when James Wilson rose to nod home a Joe Edwards corner and looked the more likely winners when Rovers goalkeeper Sam Slocombe was shown a straight red card from bringing down Amadou Bakayoko soon after.
But young replacement keeper Alexis Andre made a couple of important saves and Clarke's winner deprived Walsall of a deserved point.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Shrewsbury Town 14 +14 34
2 Wigan Athletic 14 +18 32
3 Bradford City 14 +7 27
4 Rotherham United 14 +9 24
5 Charlton Athletic 13 +5 24
6 Oxford United 14 +8 22
7 Blackpool 13 +4 22
8 Peterborough United 13 +4 21
9 Fleetwood Town 13 +1 21
10 Blackburn Rovers 12 +6 20
11 Portsmouth 14 +3 20
12 Scunthorpe United 14 +3 20
13 Bristol Rovers 14 -5 18
14 Milton Keynes Dons 14 -5 18
15 Southend United 14 -8 17
16 Walsall 14 -5 16
17 Doncaster Rovers 14 0 15
18 AFC Wimbledon 14 -6 15
19 Oldham Athletic 13 -8 14
20 Rochdale 14 -4 13
21 Bury 13 -4 12
22 Gillingham 14 -9 11
23 Northampton Town 14 -15 9
24 Plymouth Argyle 14 -13 7