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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Ashley Hunter (78')
  • Jordi Hiwula (89')
  • Chris Lines (57')

Hunter and Hiwula on target as Fleetwood see off 10-man Bristol Rovers

Fleetwood Town took one mighty leap to League One survival with a 2-0 victory as 10-man Bristol Rovers became John Sheridan's latest victim.
Sheridan has steered Fleetwood from the bottom four to 13th in a seven-match unbeaten run since taking the reins from Uwe Rosler and his side hit the 51-point mark with a gritty performance against Rovers.
It was a clash that was as grey as the skies above Highbury until a second-half sending-off woke the game up.
Bristol's Chris Lines only had himself to blame as he picked up two bookings in quick succession.
The Bristol man was livid by referee Ross Joyce's refusal to award a set-piece after Ellis Harrison and Cian Bolger tangled in Town's half and received a yellow for his protestations in the 55th minute.
But just two minutes later - even after Joyce had told skipper Tom Lockyer to calm his man down - Lines still persisted with his complaints and Joyce sent him for an early bath.
Fleetwood used that man advantage to take the lead through Ashley Hunter, although Rovers nearly struck back but the woodwork thwarted a late Harrison screamer.
Sheridan's men finally put the game to bed in the 89th minute as Jordy Hiwula latched on to Bobby Grant's through ball to calmly slot home with the hosts securing their fifth-straight clean sheet.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Rotherham United 26 +22 47
2 Wycombe Wanderers 26 +7 47
3 Ipswich Town 26 +15 45
4 Coventry City 25 +10 44
5 Oxford United 26 +17 41
6 Sunderland 25 +12 41
7 Portsmouth 25 +8 41
8 Burton Albion 25 +4 39
9 Doncaster Rovers 24 +12 37
10 Peterborough United 26 +9 37
11 Fleetwood Town 24 +7 37
12 Lincoln City 27 +3 37
13 Bristol Rovers 25 -5 36
14 Gillingham 26 +4 35
15 Blackpool 25 +3 34
16 Shrewsbury Town 25 -4 34
17 Accrington Stanley 26 -3 29
18 Rochdale 26 -13 28
19 AFC Wimbledon 26 -7 27
20 Milton Keynes Dons 27 -12 25
21 Tranmere Rovers 25 -17 22
22 Southend United 26 -37 13
23 Bolton Wanderers 24 -35 7