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Blackburn Rovers 2-1 Oxford United

Substitute Jack Payne's first goal for Blackburn secured victory over Oxford in front of a jubilant Ewood Park crowd.

It was a game of firsts as Darragh Lenihan's first goal 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 Rovers 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's shot 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 as Henry's near-post half-volley was directed past Raya but Payne settled proceedings 10 minutes later, lashing in a deflected left-foot shot.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3WilliamsSubstituted forBellat 75'minutes
  • 31Bennett
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forPayneat 74'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 18ArmstrongSubstituted forAntonssonat 78'minutes
  • 10Graham
  • 9Samuel

Substitutes

  • 11Whittingham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 19Payne
  • 20Antonsson
  • 25Downing
  • 35Travis

Oxford Utd

  • 1EastwoodBooked at 41mins
  • 19Kane
  • 16Dickie
  • 5Nelson
  • 14Ruffels
  • 36Napa
  • 11Brannagan
  • 30MousinhoSubstituted forLedsonat 55'minutes
  • 18RothwellBooked at 61minsSubstituted forFerreira da Silvaat 68'minutes
  • 17Henry
  • 20ObikaSubstituted forJamesat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Ledson
  • 13Shearer
  • 21Ferreira da Silva
  • 22Long
  • 27Mowatt
  • 42James
  • 44Hopkins
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
27,600

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Oxford United 1.

Attempt missed. Owen James (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Oxford United).

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ricardinho (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Todd Kane (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. James Henry (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ricardinho (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Robert Dickie (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Owen James replaces Jonathan Obika.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ricardinho (Oxford United).

Hand ball by Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Marcus Antonsson replaces Adam Armstrong.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Oxford United 1. Jack Payne (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Amari'i Bell replaces Derrick Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jack Payne replaces Richard Smallwood.

Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricardinho (Oxford United).

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Richard Smallwood.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Derrick Williams.

Hand ball by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Ricardinho replaces Joe Rothwell.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 1, Oxford United 1. James Henry (Oxford United) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Ruffels.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Obika (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Rothwell (Oxford United).

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).

Todd Kane (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan462911689296098
2Blackburn462812682404296
3Shrewsbury462512960392187
4Rotherham462471573532079
5Scunthorpe4619171065501574
6Charlton462011155851771
7Plymouth461911165859-168
8Portsmouth46206205756166
9Peterborough461713166860864
10Southend461712175862-463
11Bradford46189195767-1063
12Blackpool461515166055560
13Bristol Rovers461611196066-659
14Fleetwood46169215968-957
15Doncaster461317165252056
16Oxford Utd461511206166-556
17Gillingham461317165055-556
18Wimbledon461314194758-1153
19Walsall461313205366-1352
20Rochdale461118174957-851
21Oldham461117185875-1750
22Northampton461211234377-3447
23MK Dons461112234369-2645
24Bury46812264171-3036
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