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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 Luton Town 42 +44 87
2 Barnsley 42 +37 82
3 Sunderland 41 +33 80
4 Portsmouth 41 +31 80
5 Charlton Athletic 42 +24 79
6 Doncaster Rovers 42 +19 69
7 Peterborough United 41 +9 64
8 Coventry City 42 +1 61
9 Burton Albion 42 +12 60
10 Blackpool 42 +1 58
11 Fleetwood Town 41 +7 56
12 Oxford United 42 -6 53
13 Shrewsbury Town 42 -6 50
14 Bristol Rovers 42 -3 49
15 Gillingham 42 -14 48
16 Accrington Stanley 42 -18 48
17 Wycombe Wanderers 42 -12 47
18 Plymouth Argyle 42 -16 47
19 Scunthorpe United 42 -24 45
20 Rochdale 42 -32 45
21 AFC Wimbledon 42 -22 44
22 Southend United 42 -14 43
23 Walsall 42 -24 42
24 Bradford City 42 -27 36