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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Jack Fitzwater (45')
  • Danny Graham (17', 26')

Danny Graham double keeps Blackburn top

Danny Graham's first-half double kept Blackburn top of League One as Rovers held off a Walsall fightback to win 2-1 at the Banks's Stadium.
Rovers led in the 17th minute as Adam Armstrong did superbly to control Elliott Bennett's over-hit cross and his low ball into the six-yard box was tucked home by Graham.
Walsall almost levelled two minutes later but George Dobson's 18-yard strike was cleared off the line by Darragh Lenihan.
Graham doubled Blackburn's lead after 26 minutes, stooping to head home Jack Payne's knockdown from Bennett's cross.
Rovers could have had more as Graham steered another Bennett cross wide and Armstrong flashed a fierce strike onto the crossbar from an acute angle.
But Walsall were back in it in the 45th minute as Rovers goalkeeper David Raya flapped at a corner and Joe Edwards' driven effort was hooked home from close range by Jack Fitzwater.
Raya atoned for his error with two superb second-half stops, tipping over Erhun Oztumer's 25-yard free-kick and rushing out to deny Saddlers substitute Julien Ngoy one-on-one as Blackburn clung on.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 28 +20 57
2 Luton Town 28 +29 56
3 Sunderland 27 +22 53
4 Charlton Athletic 29 +16 53
5 Barnsley 27 +24 52
6 Peterborough United 28 +9 47
7 Doncaster Rovers 28 +14 46
8 Blackpool 27 +2 39
9 Coventry City 29 -3 39
10 Southend United 28 +4 38
11 Wycombe Wanderers 28 -2 38
12 Fleetwood Town 28 +5 36
13 Burton Albion 28 0 36
14 Accrington Stanley 27 -9 35
15 Walsall 28 -11 35
16 Scunthorpe United 29 -17 34
17 Shrewsbury Town 28 -6 31
18 Gillingham 28 -9 31
19 Rochdale 29 -24 31
20 Oxford United 28 -9 30
21 Plymouth Argyle 28 -14 30
22 Bristol Rovers 28 -5 28
23 Bradford City 28 -16 27
24 AFC Wimbledon 28 -20 23