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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Shaun Whalley (40', 64')
  • John Nolan (47')
  • Wesley Thomas (62')
  • Joe Rothwell (73')

Shrewsbury win to boost promotion chances

Shaun Whalley scored twice as League One promotion contenders Shrewsbury beat Oxford 3-2.
Jon Nolan also weighed in for Paul Hurst's high-flying side, with Wes Thomas and Joe Rothwell replying for the visitors.
Oxford, still awaiting their first win under recently appointed manager Karl Robinson, started brightly with an early effort from Rothwell deflected wide.
Nolan and Stefan Payne then forced smart saves from Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood before Shrewsbury goalkeeper Dean Henderson had to be alert to push away a shot from Jonathan Obika.
Whalley made the 40th-minute breakthrough when his 20-yard free-kick found the bottom corner of the net.
Shrewsbury doubled their advantage two minutes into the second half when Nolan's shot from outside the box took a deflection on its way to the top corner.
Bryn Morris then headed against the bar for the hosts before Thomas, having just come on as a subtitute, tapped home for Oxford from close range just past the hour.
Shrewsbury quickly restored their two-goal cushion as winger Whalley confidently swept home his 12th goal of the season.
Oxford clawed another goal back in the 73rd minute when Rothwell fired home from 20 yards with the aid of a deflection.

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English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wigan Athletic 46 +60 98
2 Blackburn Rovers 46 +42 96
3 Shrewsbury Town 46 +21 87
4 Rotherham United 46 +20 79
5 Scunthorpe United 46 +15 74
6 Charlton Athletic 46 +7 71
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 -1 68
8 Portsmouth 46 +1 66
9 Peterborough United 46 +8 64
10 Southend United 46 -4 63
11 Bradford City 46 -10 63
12 Blackpool 46 +5 60
13 Bristol Rovers 46 -6 59
14 Fleetwood Town 46 -9 57
15 Doncaster Rovers 46 0 56
16 Oxford United 46 -5 56
17 Gillingham 46 -5 56
18 AFC Wimbledon 46 -11 53
19 Walsall 46 -13 52
20 Rochdale 46 -8 51
21 Oldham Athletic 46 -17 50
22 Northampton Town 46 -34 47
23 Milton Keynes Dons 46 -26 45
24 Bury 46 -30 36