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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Michael Smith (17')
  • David Ball (62')
  • Richard Towell (81')

Northampton return to drop zone as Rotherham get back on track

Northampton dropped back into the Sky Bet League One relegation zone after suffering a heavy 3-0 defeat at home to Rotherham.
Michael Smith's early goal had the Millers ahead at half-time before David Ball's strike on the hour-mark and Richie Towell's well-worked third capped off a fine performance from the Millers, who remain in the top four.
Rotherham were on top from the word go and took the lead after 18 minutes when the home side failed to deal with Will Vaulks' long free-kick and Smith was left unmarked to shoot into the bottom corner.
Only a superb save by Richard O'Donnell prevented Towell from adding a quick second before he also denied Ball.
Northampton had to wait until 55 minutes for their first shot when Hildeberto Pereira's low drive was held by Marek Rodak, but Rotherham were soon two to the good.
Ball found the net from 12 yards after the Cobblers defence had failed to clear and Rotherham's victory was completed by Towell, who finished off a fine move by placing Anthony Forde's pass into the corner.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Rotherham United 19 +21 38
2 Wigan Athletic 18 +18 38
3 Wycombe Wanderers 20 +9 38
4 Plymouth Argyle 20 +11 36
5 Sunderland 19 +7 36
6 Milton Keynes Dons 19 +13 34
7 Oxford United 19 +11 33
8 Sheffield Wednesday 20 +7 33
9 Portsmouth 20 +4 32
10 Burton Albion 20 -1 28
11 Ipswich Town 20 +6 27
12 Cheltenham Town 19 -4 27
13 Accrington Stanley 20 -9 27
14 Bolton Wanderers 20 0 26
15 Charlton Athletic 20 -1 23
16 Cambridge United 20 -8 23
17 AFC Wimbledon 18 -4 21
18 Lincoln City 19 -4 21
19 Shrewsbury Town 19 -7 19
20 Morecambe 19 -8 19
21 Gillingham 20 -11 17
22 Fleetwood Town 19 -8 15
23 Doncaster Rovers 19 -23 13
24 Crewe Alexandra 20 -19 12