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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Ivan Toney (31')

Ivan Toney nets winner as Scunthorpe replace Charlton in play-off places

Ivan Toney struck the only goal of the game as Scunthorpe moved into the League One play-off zone at the expense of opponents Charlton at The Valley.
The 1-0 win lifted the Iron up to fifth spot in the table, two points ahead of the lacklustre Addicks.
The game sprung into life in the 20th minute with a save at either end, Ben Amos first denying Hakeeb Adelakun and then Iron goalkeeper Matt Gilks thwarting Nicky Ajose moments later.
Scunthorpe made the breakthrough in the 31st minute when Adelakun beat the offside trap and burst clear on the right, squaring a low ball into the danger zone for Toney to tap home from six yards.
Josh Morris blazed a stoppage time free-kick over the crossbar from just outside the box as Scunthorpe finished the first half strongly.
Toney produced a super save from Amos five minutes after the restart when meeting Rory McArdle's free-kick and unleashing a powerful volley which the Charlton keeper did well to tip over.
Jake Forster-Caskey glanced a header wide and Ajose saw a curling effort fly just over as Charlton finally began to ask some questions.
Adelakun was only denied by a crucial block from Patrick Bauer and once more in the 71st minute when Amos had to save his goalbound attempt.
There were late penalty appeals from the hosts as Ajose and Bauer both claimed to have been pulled back in the box within the space of 60 seconds.
But both were ignored by referee Graham Salisbury and even though Ben Reeves and Tariqe Fosu went close at the death, in the end this was a far more comfortable victory than the scoreline suggests.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Hull City 41 +39 79
2 Peterborough United 40 +32 76
3 Sunderland 39 +29 71
4 Blackpool 38 +17 64
5 Portsmouth 39 +15 64
6 Lincoln City 38 +15 63
7 Charlton Athletic 39 +6 62
8 Ipswich Town 39 +3 60
9 Oxford United 40 +11 59
10 Gillingham 41 +2 59
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 +3 57
12 Accrington Stanley 39 -5 57
13 Fleetwood Town 40 +10 56
14 Milton Keynes Dons 40 +1 55
15 Crewe Alexandra 39 -7 54
16 Plymouth Argyle 41 -16 52
17 Shrewsbury Town 38 +1 50
18 Burton Albion 39 -13 48
19 Northampton Town 41 -24 40
20 AFC Wimbledon 39 -21 39
21 Wigan Athletic 40 -24 38
22 Bristol Rovers 41 -24 38
23 Swindon Town 40 -27 37
24 Rochdale 39 -23 33