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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Joe Rothwell (2')
  • Kyle Bennett (68')
  • Ellis Harrison (80')

Oxford stunned by Bristol Rovers comeback

Bristol Rovers hit back with two goals in 12 minutes in the second half to beat Oxford 2-1 and make it five away league games without defeat.
The Pirates recovered from falling behind very early on with strikes from Kyle Bennett and Ellis Harrison, and they deserved the three points after dominating the second half.
The U's capitalised on a poor clearance by keeper Adam Smith to open the scoring in the second minute.
Isaac Buckley-Ricketts fired the ball forward and Wes Thomas set up Joe Rothwell who hammered a left-footed drive into the top corner.
The visitors almost levelled from a Chris Lines header that Simon Eastwood tipped over, and Harrison headed just wide.
Bennett equalised when he shot home in a crowded box in the 68th minute after Oxford failed to clear Lines's cross from a free kick.
Two minutes later Bennett almost scored again with a curling shot that Eastwood turn around his post.
But in the 80th minute Harrison completed the turnaround, volleying home superbly from Ollie Clarke's cross.

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