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2017-18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Josh Parker (7')
  • Tom Eaves (30', 36', 51')
  • Elliott List (90'+1')
  • Joel Grant (23')
  • Graham Carey (77')

Eaves' hat-trick dashes Plymouth's play-off hopes

Tom Eaves struck a hat-trick as Plymouth's faint play-off hopes were well and truly extinguished after a resounding 5-2 defeat at Gillingham.
Argyle not only needed to win but also required sixth-placed Charlton to lose - and for there to be a six-goal swing in proceedings.
Plymouth, who were in relegation trouble back in November, could not live with Steve Lovell's side and especially giant striker Eaves.
He struck a 21-minute hat-trick either side of the break to ensure Argyle will be playing in the third-tier next season.
Josh Parker's strike gave Gillingham an early lead before Anthony Grant bundled in an equaliser for the visitors.
But that was as good as it got for Derek Adams' side.
Eaves then stole the show, first capitalising on a slip from a defender and slotting home before finishing coolly to make it 3-1.
The giant striker followed up that feat to complete his second treble of the season with a header.
Graham Carey's header reduced the arrears for Argyle but sub Elliott List had the final say with a tight finish in stoppage time.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Coventry City 34 +18 67
2 Rotherham United 35 +23 62
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 +5 59
4 Oxford United 35 +24 60
5 Portsmouth 35 +17 60
6 Fleetwood Town 35 +13 60
7 Peterborough United 35 +28 59
8 Sunderland 36 +16 59
9 Doncaster Rovers 34 +18 54
10 Gillingham 35 +8 51
11 Ipswich Town 36 +10 52
12 Burton Albion 35 0 48
13 Blackpool 35 +1 45
14 Bristol Rovers 35 -11 45
15 Shrewsbury Town 34 -11 41
16 Lincoln City 35 -2 42
17 Accrington Stanley 35 -6 40
18 Rochdale 34 -18 36
19 Milton Keynes Dons 35 -11 37
20 AFC Wimbledon 35 -13 35
21 Tranmere Rovers 34 -24 32
22 Southend United 35 -46 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 34 -39 14