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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Josh Parker (7')
  • Tom Eaves (30', 36', 51')
  • Elliott List (90'+1')
  • Joel Grant (23')
  • Graham Carey (77')

Eaves' hat-trick dashes Plymouth's play-off hopes

Tom Eaves struck a hat-trick as Plymouth's faint play-off hopes were well and truly extinguished after a resounding 5-2 defeat at Gillingham.
Argyle not only needed to win but also required sixth-placed Charlton to lose - and for there to be a six-goal swing in proceedings.
Plymouth, who were in relegation trouble back in November, could not live with Steve Lovell's side and especially giant striker Eaves.
He struck a 21-minute hat-trick either side of the break to ensure Argyle will be playing in the third-tier next season.
Josh Parker's strike gave Gillingham an early lead before Anthony Grant bundled in an equaliser for the visitors.
But that was as good as it got for Derek Adams' side.
Eaves then stole the show, first capitalising on a slip from a defender and slotting home before finishing coolly to make it 3-1.
The giant striker followed up that feat to complete his second treble of the season with a header.
Graham Carey's header reduced the arrears for Argyle but sub Elliott List had the final say with a tight finish in stoppage time.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Hull City 13 +14 30
2 Peterborough United 14 +10 28
3 Lincoln City 13 +7 26
4 Portsmouth 14 +12 25
5 Ipswich Town 13 +6 25
6 Charlton Athletic 12 +5 23
7 Fleetwood Town 13 +11 22
8 Sunderland 12 +6 22
9 Accrington Stanley 11 +4 22
10 Doncaster Rovers 12 +8 21
11 Plymouth Argyle 13 -1 19
12 AFC Wimbledon 13 0 17
13 Gillingham 13 -4 17
14 Crewe Alexandra 14 -1 16
15 Blackpool 13 -4 16
16 Northampton Town 14 -9 15
17 Milton Keynes Dons 14 -3 14
18 Oxford United 12 -7 13
19 Swindon Town 13 -8 13
20 Rochdale 13 -8 13
21 Bristol Rovers 13 -9 13
22 Burton Albion 14 -10 10
23 Shrewsbury Town 13 -8 9
24 Wigan Athletic 13 -11 8