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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 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