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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season

Northampton and Oxford play out goalless stalemate at Sixfields

Neither Northampton nor Oxford were able to significantly strengthen their League One survival prospects after playing out a goalless draw at Sixfields.
Both teams had chances to win it throughout but poor finishing in front of goal was the story of the day, leaving Northampton 19th and Oxford 15th in the battle to beat relegation.
Chris Long missed two chances inside the first 18 minutes for Northampton, skewing over from 18 yards and then side-footing wide after good play from Gboly Ariyibi, before Richardinho's goalbound shot was blocked on the line by Brendan Moloney.
Isaac Buckley-Ricketts clipped the top of the crossbar as Oxford grew into the game with Ryan Ledson also whipping a long-range effort narrowly wide.
Long went close for a third time in the second half when blazing over from inside the box before Matt Crooks and Sam Hoskins were unable to force home a goalmouth scramble.
The best opening of the entire game fell late on to Wes Thomas, who should have won it for Oxford but he headed wide from six yards.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 28 +20 57
2 Luton Town 28 +29 56
3 Sunderland 27 +22 53
4 Charlton Athletic 29 +16 53
5 Barnsley 27 +24 52
6 Peterborough United 28 +9 47
7 Doncaster Rovers 28 +14 46
8 Blackpool 27 +2 39
9 Coventry City 29 -3 39
10 Southend United 28 +4 38
11 Wycombe Wanderers 28 -2 38
12 Fleetwood Town 28 +5 36
13 Burton Albion 28 0 36
14 Accrington Stanley 27 -9 35
15 Walsall 28 -11 35
16 Scunthorpe United 29 -17 34
17 Shrewsbury Town 28 -6 31
18 Gillingham 28 -9 31
19 Rochdale 29 -24 31
20 Oxford United 28 -9 30
21 Plymouth Argyle 28 -14 30
22 Bristol Rovers 28 -5 28
23 Bradford City 28 -16 27
24 AFC Wimbledon 28 -20 23