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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 Portsmouth 27 +21 57
2 Luton Town 27 +25 53
3 Sunderland 26 +22 52
4 Charlton Athletic 28 +15 50
5 Barnsley 26 +21 49
6 Peterborough United 27 +13 47
7 Doncaster Rovers 27 +14 45
8 Coventry City 28 -2 39
9 Blackpool 26 +2 38
10 Fleetwood Town 27 +5 35
11 Burton Albion 27 0 35
12 Southend United 27 0 35
13 Wycombe Wanderers 27 -3 35
14 Accrington Stanley 26 -8 35
15 Scunthorpe United 28 -17 33
16 Walsall 27 -14 32
17 Gillingham 27 -6 31
18 Shrewsbury Town 27 -6 30
19 Rochdale 28 -24 30
20 Bristol Rovers 27 -4 28
21 Oxford United 27 -10 27
22 Bradford City 27 -12 27
23 Plymouth Argyle 27 -15 27
24 AFC Wimbledon 27 -17 23