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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 Lincoln City 21 +14 42
2 Hull City 20 +13 38
3 Portsmouth 19 +17 35
4 Doncaster Rovers 18 +12 33
5 Peterborough United 19 +10 33
6 Accrington Stanley 17 +8 33
7 Charlton Athletic 21 +5 33
8 Ipswich Town 19 +3 32
9 Crewe Alexandra 21 +4 31
10 Sunderland 19 +9 30
11 Fleetwood Town 20 +10 29
12 Oxford United 20 +3 28
13 Blackpool 20 -3 27
14 Gillingham 21 -4 26
15 Plymouth Argyle 21 -9 26
16 Milton Keynes Dons 21 +1 25
17 Shrewsbury Town 20 -4 24
18 Bristol Rovers 18 -7 22
19 Northampton Town 21 -17 22
20 Rochdale 20 -7 21
21 AFC Wimbledon 20 -8 21
22 Swindon Town 21 -15 20
23 Wigan Athletic 20 -14 19
24 Burton Albion 23 -21 16