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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Ellis Harrison (50')

Ellis Harrison strike gives Bristol Rovers win at MK Dons

Ellis Harrison struck in the second half to secure Bristol Rovers a 1-0 win at relegation-threatened MK Dons as the Pirates moved within four points of the play-off places.
The forward's 12th league goal of the season condemned struggling MK to their 10th-straight league game without a win but it was Rovers' third win in five as they look to chase down sixth-placed Plymouth.
The hosts started brightly and went close to taking the lead when Robbie Muirhead cut inside on 15 minutes, before firing a left-footed strike just over the Rovers goal.
Liam Sercombe threatened for the visitors 10 minutes later when his half-volley inside the Dons box was superbly saved by Lee Nicholls.
Darrell Clarke's Pirates then took a deserved lead five minutes after the break as Harrison broke down the flank before cutting inside and delicately dinking a fine finish over the head of MK keeper Nicholls.
And despite Muirhead forcing Rovers stopper Sam Slocombe into a testing save late on, Dan Micciche's men couldn't find a leveller as relegation to League Two becomes increasingly likely.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Coventry City 34 +18 67
2 Rotherham United 35 +23 62
3 Oxford United 35 +24 60
4 Portsmouth 35 +17 60
5 Fleetwood Town 35 +13 60
6 Peterborough United 35 +28 59
7 Sunderland 36 +16 59
8 Wycombe Wanderers 34 +5 59
9 Doncaster Rovers 34 +18 54
10 Ipswich Town 36 +10 52
11 Gillingham 35 +8 51
12 Burton Albion 35 0 48
13 Blackpool 35 +1 45
14 Bristol Rovers 35 -11 45
15 Lincoln City 35 -2 42
16 Shrewsbury Town 34 -11 41
17 Accrington Stanley 35 -6 40
18 Milton Keynes Dons 35 -11 37
19 Rochdale 34 -18 36
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 -13 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 -24 32
22 Southend United 35 -46 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 -39 14