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Oxford United 2-1 Blackpool

January signing Marcus Browne scored one and made another as Oxford fought back to beat Blackpool 2-1 and give their League One promotion hopes a boost.

The Tangerines' dismal run now stands at just two points from their last eight games.

The visitors started promisingly, taking the lead on 10 minutes when Gary Madine capitalised with a cool low finish from 15 yards after the ball ricocheted off Liam Feeney.

The U's took just eight minutes to level as Rob Dickie chested down following Sam Long's right-wing cross and Browne's first-time shot deflected in off Mark Sykes.

And the dangerous Browne then produced a classy angled finish five minutes before half-time when the ball reached him beyond the far post from Long's deep free-kick.

Blackpool's Ben Heneghan saw his header at a corner cleared off the line by James Henry.

But Browne went close to extending Oxford's lead, keeper Chris Maxwell saving well with his legs.

Madine should have equalised in stoppage time from Josh Ruffels' weak back pass, but with just Simon Eastwood to beat, he shot against the post.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 12Long
  • 4Dickie
  • 15Mousinho
  • 3Ruffels
  • 17HenrySubstituted forKellyat 78'minutes
  • 6GorrinBooked at 53mins
  • 8BrannaganBooked at 36mins
  • 18SykesSubstituted forThorneat 90+3'minutes
  • 30Browne
  • 27HollandSubstituted forMackieat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Moore
  • 9Taylor
  • 13Stevens I
  • 19Mackie
  • 20Hanson
  • 22Thorne
  • 28Kelly

Blackpool

  • 32Maxwell
  • 20Turton
  • 6Heneghan
  • 4ThornileyBooked at 1mins
  • 11Feeney
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forVirtue-Thickat 76'minutes
  • 15Dewsbury-Hall
  • 40RonanSubstituted forDelfounesoat 71'minutes
  • 3BolaBooked at 36mins
  • 21GnanduilletSubstituted forNuttallat 82'minutes
  • 30Madine

Substitutes

  • 2Howe
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 14Scannell
  • 17Virtue-Thick
  • 24Nuttall
  • 27Ward
  • 28Sims
Referee:
Josh Smith
Attendance:
10,525

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 2, Blackpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 2, Blackpool 1.

Attempt saved. Jordan Thorniley (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marc Bola with a cross.

Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United).

Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Gary Madine (Blackpool) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Oxford United).

Jordan Thorniley (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. George Thorne replaces Mark Sykes.

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

Foul by Joe Nuttall (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Blackpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Nuttall.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jamie Mackie replaces Nathan Holland.

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

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alex Rodriguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joe Nuttall replaces Armand Gnanduillet.

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

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Liam Kelly replaces James Henry.

Attempt blocked. Liam Feeney (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Josh Ruffels.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Matthew Virtue-Thick replaces Jay Spearing.

Foul by Marcus Browne (Oxford United).

Jordan Thorniley (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Attempt saved. Marcus Browne (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Josh Ruffels.

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

Foul by Gary Madine (Blackpool).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alex Rodriguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Connor Ronan.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Attempt blocked. Mark Sykes (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Nathan Holland (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Turton (Blackpool).

Offside, Oxford United. Sam Long tries a through ball, but Marcus Browne is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Marcus Browne (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Browne (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Sykes.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Holland (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Sykes.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham29165853302353
2Wycombe2914873634250
3Peterborough30147956371949
4Ipswich29139741291248
5Coventry271212338271148
6Portsmouth27138641291247
7Sunderland28129737261145
8Oxford Utd27128745271844
9Fleetwood2711974133842
10Doncaster27118840271341
11Burton2811893936341
12Gillingham2891273327639
13Bristol Rovers28108103238-638
14Lincoln City30114153738-137
15Blackpool2781093433134
16Shrewsbury2781092431-734
17Accrington2989123943-433
18Rochdale2995153447-1332
19MK Dons2994163140-931
20Wimbledon2877143442-828
21Tranmere2757152848-2022
22Southend2837183270-3816
23Bolton2658132255-3311
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