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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Chris Lines (90'+4')
  • Charlie Mulgrew (65' PEN)

Chris Lines denies Blackburn at the death

Chris Lines volleyed an injury-time equaliser as Bristol Rovers dented Blackburn's automatic-promotion hopes with a 1-1 League One draw at the Memorial Stadium.
The result left Rovers second in the table, five points above Shrewsbury, who have a game in hand.
The visitors took a 65th-minute lead when skipper Charlie Mulgrew netted from the spot, sending Sam Slocombe the wrong way with low shot after Tom Broadbent had brought down Richard Smallwood.
Derrick Williams should have made the game safe shortly afterwards, heading badly wide at the far post when it seemed easier to score.
That kept Bristol Rovers in it and deep into stoppage time the ball dropped invitingly to midfielder Lines inside the box for him to beat David Raya with a sweet right-footed volley.
There was little between the teams in a first half of few chances. Slocombe had to palm away an inswinging corner from Mulgrew in the sixth minute.
Bradley Dack volleyed over for the visitors and was denied by a saving tackle by Tom Lockyer, while at the other end Kyle Bennett fired over the bar and Ellis Harrison forced a low save from Raya.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 38 +41 80
2 Barnsley 38 +36 75
3 Sunderland 37 +30 73
4 Portsmouth 38 +25 71
5 Charlton Athletic 38 +18 67
6 Doncaster Rovers 37 +15 57
7 Coventry City 38 +1 56
8 Peterborough United 38 +4 55
9 Blackpool 38 -1 53
10 Fleetwood Town 38 +8 52
11 Burton Albion 38 +4 50
12 Plymouth Argyle 38 -12 45
13 Bristol Rovers 37 0 44
14 Wycombe Wanderers 38 -11 44
15 Accrington Stanley 36 -11 44
16 Gillingham 38 -12 44
17 Scunthorpe United 38 -18 44
18 Shrewsbury Town 38 -8 43
19 Oxford United 38 -10 43
20 Southend United 38 -8 42
21 Walsall 38 -18 42
22 AFC Wimbledon 38 -21 39
23 Rochdale 37 -31 38
24 Bradford City 38 -21 36