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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 31 +24 57
2 Coventry City 30 +15 57
3 Wycombe Wanderers 32 +5 56
4 Peterborough United 33 +26 55
5 Sunderland 31 +16 54
6 Portsmouth 30 +15 53
7 Ipswich Town 32 +14 52
8 Fleetwood Town 30 +11 51
9 Gillingham 32 +9 49
10 Oxford United 31 +18 48
11 Doncaster Rovers 31 +16 48
12 Burton Albion 31 0 43
13 Bristol Rovers 31 -7 42
14 Accrington Stanley 31 -1 39
15 Lincoln City 33 -3 38
16 Blackpool 30 0 37
17 Shrewsbury Town 30 -11 35
18 Milton Keynes Dons 31 -9 33
19 Rochdale 31 -16 33
20 AFC Wimbledon 32 -14 30
21 Tranmere Rovers 30 -25 23
22 Southend United 32 -46 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 29 -37 11