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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • George Dobson (90'+1')

George Dobson's late goal moves Northampton closer to relegation

George Dobson's stoppage-time winner all-but condemned Northampton to relegation - and left Walsall needing just a point to secure their own safety.
Midfielder Dobson's late strike left Northampton - who were twice thwarted by the woodwork - doomed, barring a nine-goal victory over relegation rivals Oldham in their final game.
Northampton were almost in front after just two minutes as Daniel Powell's low drive was superbly tipped onto the post by Walsall keeper Liam Roberts.
Walsall defender Kory Roberts cleared Matt Crooks' cross-shot off the line in the 23rd minute and, five minutes into the second half, Crooks again went close, steering over Shay Facey's cross from eight yards.
Northampton almost won it in freak fashion after 76 minutes as a Matt Grimes cross floated over Roberts, struck the post, hit the keeper and bounced onto the bar before being hacked clear.
But Walsall came on strong towards the end and, after Nicky Devlin glanced a header wide, Dobson won it in stoppage time as he steered Amadou Bakayoko's pass into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 33 +38 71
2 Barnsley 33 +31 66
3 Sunderland 32 +25 62
4 Portsmouth 33 +19 61
5 Charlton Athletic 33 +15 56
6 Doncaster Rovers 31 +19 53
7 Peterborough United 33 +7 52
8 Blackpool 32 +6 48
9 Coventry City 33 -1 46
10 Fleetwood Town 33 +8 45
11 Burton Albion 33 +2 43
12 Wycombe Wanderers 33 -5 43
13 Southend United 33 -1 40
14 Accrington Stanley 31 -9 40
15 Scunthorpe United 33 -17 40
16 Plymouth Argyle 33 -13 38
17 Gillingham 33 -13 36
18 Walsall 33 -19 35
19 Bristol Rovers 32 -4 34
20 Rochdale 33 -26 34
21 Shrewsbury Town 32 -10 33
22 Oxford United 33 -12 33
23 Bradford City 33 -16 33
24 AFC Wimbledon 33 -24 29