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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 Rotherham United 33 +25 61
2 Coventry City 32 +16 61
3 Wycombe Wanderers 33 +7 59
4 Sunderland 33 +19 58
5 Portsmouth 32 +16 56
6 Peterborough United 33 +26 55
7 Fleetwood Town 32 +12 55
8 Oxford United 33 +22 54
9 Ipswich Town 33 +13 52
10 Gillingham 33 +9 50
11 Doncaster Rovers 32 +15 48
12 Burton Albion 32 +1 46
13 Bristol Rovers 32 -10 42
14 Blackpool 32 +1 41
15 Lincoln City 34 -3 39
16 Accrington Stanley 33 -5 39
17 Shrewsbury Town 32 -11 38
18 Milton Keynes Dons 33 -10 36
19 Rochdale 32 -17 33
20 AFC Wimbledon 33 -14 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 32 -26 26
22 Southend United 33 -47 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 31 -39 11