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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Darragh Lenihan (12')
  • Jack Payne (76')
  • James Henry (66')

Blackburn overcome missed penalty to beat Oxford

Substitute Jack Payne's first goal for Blackburn secured a 2-1 victory over Oxford in front of a jubilant Ewood Park.
It was a game of firsts as Darragh Lenihan's first for the club put Blackburn ahead and even Charlie Mulgrew's missed penalty couldn't dampen spirits.
James Henry's equaliser threatened to derail the celebrations but former Oxford loanee Payne fired the winner as Blackburn comfortably finished second in League One.
The partisan crowd were treated to an early goal as Mulgrew's 12th-minute free-kick was met by Lenihan, who powered his header past Simon Eastwood.
The Oxford stopper superbly repelled Adam Armstrong before David Raya denied John Mousinho's header at the other end.
Eastwood's foul on Elliott Bennett before the break gave Mulgrew the chance to double the lead, but the goalkeeper superbly tipped behind.
The U's made their hosts pay in the 66th minute as Henry's near-post half-volley was directed past Raya but Payne settled proceedings 10 minutes later, lashing a left-foot shot in via a deflection.

English League One Standings

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