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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 Plymouth Argyle 28 +22 61
2 Sheffield Wednesday 27 +29 58
3 Ipswich Town 28 +25 54
4 Derby County 27 +19 50
5 Bolton Wanderers 29 +14 50
6 Barnsley 26 +10 46
7 Peterborough United 26 +11 41
8 Wycombe Wanderers 27 +8 41
9 Shrewsbury Town 28 +4 41
10 Exeter City 28 +2 38
11 Portsmouth 26 +2 37
12 Bristol Rovers 28 -7 37
13 Port Vale 27 -8 36
14 Oxford United 29 -1 35
15 Charlton Athletic 27 +3 34
16 Lincoln City 26 -6 31
17 Fleetwood Town 27 -1 29
18 Cheltenham Town 27 -11 29
19 Morecambe 27 -9 27
20 Milton Keynes Dons 28 -15 25
21 Accrington Stanley 25 -17 25
22 Burton Albion 27 -20 25
23 Cambridge United 27 -23 25
24 Forest Green Rovers 29 -31 21