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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 Wycombe Wanderers 20 +16 43
2 Ipswich Town 19 +14 36
3 Peterborough United 20 +18 35
4 Bristol Rovers 19 +4 34
5 Blackpool 20 +7 33
6 Rotherham United 20 +11 31
7 Coventry City 20 +2 31
8 Oxford United 19 +17 30
9 Fleetwood Town 18 +7 30
10 Portsmouth 19 +5 28
11 Shrewsbury Town 19 -2 28
12 Sunderland 19 +4 27
13 Gillingham 20 +1 25
14 Doncaster Rovers 17 +6 24
15 Lincoln City 19 -1 24
16 Burton Albion 19 -1 24
17 Accrington Stanley 20 -1 22
18 Rochdale 20 -11 22
19 AFC Wimbledon 20 -6 20
20 Tranmere Rovers 19 -12 17
21 Milton Keynes Dons 20 -13 17
22 Southend United 21 -37 7
23 Bolton Wanderers 17 -28 2