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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Kyle Bennett (21')
  • Ben Reeves (45')

Depleted Bristol Rovers hold in-form Charlton to a draw

Injury-hit Bristol Rovers produced a battling display to hold promotion-chasing Charlton to a 1-1 League One draw at the Memorial Stadium.
The hosts took a 21st-minute lead after an error by Charlton skipper Jason Pearce, whose header back to goalkeeper Ben Amos lacked sufficient pace and Kyle Bennett nipped in to shoot home from close range.
Just before half-time the scores were level as Ben Reeves exchanged passes with Sullay Kaikai on the edge of the box and saw his shot brush the leg of defender Lee Brown to beat the dive of Sam Slocombe.
The Rovers goalkeeper had made a brilliant 36th-minute save to keep out a curling right-footed effort from Nicky Ajose and repeated the heroics on 53 minutes to keep out a similar effort from Reeves.
Already without half-a-dozen injured players, Rovers lost midfielder Liam Sercombe on 24 minutes and had to move captain Tom Lockyer forward from central defence. They gave a debut to 20-year-old left-back Michael Kelly in the closing stages.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Rotherham United 18 +21 37
2 Wycombe Wanderers 19 +9 37
3 Plymouth Argyle 19 +12 36
4 Wigan Athletic 17 +17 35
5 Sheffield Wednesday 19 +7 32
6 Sunderland 17 +6 32
7 Oxford United 17 +11 31
8 Milton Keynes Dons 18 +9 31
9 Portsmouth 19 +3 29
10 Cheltenham Town 18 -4 26
11 Bolton Wanderers 19 0 25
12 Burton Albion 19 -3 25
13 Ipswich Town 19 +5 24
14 Charlton Athletic 19 0 23
15 Cambridge United 19 -7 23
16 Lincoln City 18 -3 21
17 Accrington Stanley 18 -14 21
18 AFC Wimbledon 17 -4 20
19 Morecambe 18 -4 19
20 Gillingham 19 -10 17
21 Shrewsbury Town 18 -8 16
22 Fleetwood Town 17 -4 14
23 Doncaster Rovers 18 -21 13
24 Crewe Alexandra 19 -18 12