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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Michael Smith (17')
  • David Ball (62')
  • Richard Towell (81')

Northampton return to drop zone as Rotherham get back on track

Northampton dropped back into the Sky Bet League One relegation zone after suffering a heavy 3-0 defeat at home to Rotherham.
Michael Smith's early goal had the Millers ahead at half-time before David Ball's strike on the hour-mark and Richie Towell's well-worked third capped off a fine performance from the Millers, who remain in the top four.
Rotherham were on top from the word go and took the lead after 18 minutes when the home side failed to deal with Will Vaulks' long free-kick and Smith was left unmarked to shoot into the bottom corner.
Only a superb save by Richard O'Donnell prevented Towell from adding a quick second before he also denied Ball.
Northampton had to wait until 55 minutes for their first shot when Hildeberto Pereira's low drive was held by Marek Rodak, but Rotherham were soon two to the good.
Ball found the net from 12 yards after the Cobblers defence had failed to clear and Rotherham's victory was completed by Towell, who finished off a fine move by placing Anthony Forde's pass into the corner.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 15 +15 33
2 Wycombe Wanderers 16 +11 33
3 Peterborough United 17 +16 28
4 Oxford United 16 +14 26
5 Fleetwood Town 15 +8 26
6 Coventry City 16 +2 26
7 Sunderland 15 +6 25
8 Blackpool 16 +3 25
9 Bristol Rovers 16 0 25
10 Rotherham United 15 +11 24
11 Shrewsbury Town 16 -2 24
12 Doncaster Rovers 14 +8 23
13 Portsmouth 15 +4 21
14 Burton Albion 14 +3 20
15 Rochdale 17 -8 19
16 Gillingham 16 0 18
17 Lincoln City 16 -3 18
18 Tranmere Rovers 15 -8 16
19 Accrington Stanley 16 -9 15
20 AFC Wimbledon 16 -6 13
21 Milton Keynes Dons 16 -12 13
22 Southend United 17 -31 5
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 -22 -2