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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Wesley Thomas (44')
  • Ash Taylor (11')
  • Chris Long (45'+1')

Cobblers claim all three points from trip to Oxford

Northampton continued their recent revival under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink with a 2-1 derby win over Oxford at the Kassam Stadium.
The victory made it six games unbeaten for the Cobblers in all competitions and was Oxford's fourth straight defeat in both the league and the cups.
Ash Taylor forced the ball over the line from five yards in a scramble at a corner to give Town the breakthrough in the 12th minute.
U's keeper Simon Eastwood saved well from Chris Long and Lewis McGugan before Oxford equalised out of the blue on 44 minutes when Wes Thomas ran on to James Henry's pass and drove low into the bottom corner from 18 yards out.
But within 60 seconds Northampton were back in front as Long capitalised on Ryan Ledson's error to race through and fire high into the net, Eastwood getting a hand to his shot but unable to keep it out.
Billy Waters missed an open goal for Northampton at the start of the second half but they held on for their third successive win at Oxford.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 17 +14 38
2 Sunderland 17 +19 36
3 Barnsley 17 +17 34
4 Peterborough United 18 +11 34
5 Luton Town 18 +12 32
6 Charlton Athletic 17 +6 28
7 Blackpool 17 +4 28
8 Doncaster Rovers 18 +2 28
9 Coventry City 18 +1 28
10 Accrington Stanley 18 0 28
11 Walsall 18 -5 26
12 Fleetwood Town 18 +5 24
13 Burton Albion 17 +1 24
14 Southend United 18 -2 23
15 Wycombe Wanderers 18 -1 22
16 Shrewsbury Town 18 -3 21
17 Scunthorpe United 18 -10 21
18 Rochdale 18 -10 20
19 Gillingham 18 -4 18
20 Oxford United 18 -6 18
21 Bristol Rovers 18 -1 17
22 Plymouth Argyle 18 -15 13
23 AFC Wimbledon 18 -16 11
24 Bradford City 18 -19 11