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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Charlie Mulgrew (80')

Mulgrew strikes to secure promotion for Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers secured promotion back to the Championship with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.
Charlie Mulgrew's second half header broke tremendous defensive resolve from Doncaster and ensured Tony Mowbray's side bounced back to the second tier at the first attempt.
Blackburn piled on the pressure from the start but met a Rovers side determined to delay the promotion party.
Danny Graham saw a shot roll across the line after rounding Marko Marosi while Andy Butler cleared off the line from Adam Armstrong's volley.
Charlie Mulgrew and Craig Conway both went close with efforts while David Raya produced a fine reaction save at the other end to keep out Alfie Beestin's header in a rare Doncaster chance.
Blackburn should have been ahead before the break only for Bradley Dack to get in the way of teammate Armstrong's shot.
The visitors pushed hard in the second half but Doncaster threw themselves in front of everything, with Mathieu Baudry sliding in to prevent a certain goal for Conway.
Blackburn finally broke the deadlock in the 80th minute when Mugrew flicked home a header from a Dack corner to send his side into the Championship.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 27 +16 48
2 Rotherham United 27 +21 47
3 Wycombe Wanderers 27 +3 47
4 Coventry City 25 +10 44
5 Peterborough United 28 +14 43
6 Sunderland 26 +12 42
7 Oxford United 26 +17 41
8 Portsmouth 25 +8 41
9 Burton Albion 26 +4 40
10 Doncaster Rovers 25 +12 38
11 Fleetwood Town 25 +7 38
12 Lincoln City 28 +2 37
13 Bristol Rovers 26 -5 37
14 Gillingham 27 +4 36
15 Blackpool 25 +3 34
16 Shrewsbury Town 25 -4 34
17 Accrington Stanley 27 -3 30
18 Rochdale 27 -13 29
19 AFC Wimbledon 26 -7 27
20 Milton Keynes Dons 27 -12 25
21 Tranmere Rovers 25 -17 22
22 Southend United 26 -37 13
23 Bolton Wanderers 24 -35 7