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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Ryan Yates (76')

Scunthorpe closing in on play-off spot

Scunthorpe moved a step closer to a League One play-off spot after a slender 1-0 home win over relegation-threatened Walsall.
Ryan Yates scored the game's only goal as the Iron recorded only a second win in 12 matches.
Scunthorpe are now three points clear of seventh-placed Plymouth, who have a game in hand, while Walsall are just a point above the relegation zone.
The visitors almost went ahead when Julien Ngoy tried his luck from distance in the opening exchanges but Matt Gilks was equal to it.
Down the other end Scunthorpe dangerman Josh Morris saw a free-kick come back off a post.
Luke Leahy brought a speculative save from Gilks after the restart whilst Funso Ojo came close for the hosts only to be denied by Liam Roberts.
When it looked as though the game was heading for a stalemate, Scunthorpe stole victory in the 76th minute.
Conor Townsend clipped the ball into the Walsall box and Yates was there to plant a header past Roberts.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 43 +47 90
2 Portsmouth 43 +33 86
3 Barnsley 43 +38 85
4 Sunderland 42 +35 83
5 Charlton Athletic 43 +23 79
6 Doncaster Rovers 43 +17 69
7 Peterborough United 42 +9 65
8 Coventry City 44 +2 64
9 Burton Albion 44 +10 60
10 Blackpool 43 +1 59
11 Fleetwood Town 42 +7 57
12 Oxford United 43 -5 56
13 Gillingham 43 -12 51
14 Bristol Rovers 43 -3 50
15 Shrewsbury Town 43 -7 50
16 Accrington Stanley 43 -21 48
17 Rochdale 43 -31 48
18 Southend United 44 -13 47
19 Wycombe Wanderers 43 -13 47
20 Plymouth Argyle 43 -18 47
21 Scunthorpe United 43 -24 46
22 AFC Wimbledon 43 -22 45
23 Walsall 43 -24 43
24 Bradford City 43 -29 36