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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Shaun Whalley (40', 64')
  • John Nolan (47')
  • Wesley Thomas (62')
  • Joe Rothwell (73')

Shrewsbury win to boost promotion chances

Shaun Whalley scored twice as League One promotion contenders Shrewsbury beat Oxford 3-2.
Jon Nolan also weighed in for Paul Hurst's high-flying side, with Wes Thomas and Joe Rothwell replying for the visitors.
Oxford, still awaiting their first win under recently appointed manager Karl Robinson, started brightly with an early effort from Rothwell deflected wide.
Nolan and Stefan Payne then forced smart saves from Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood before Shrewsbury goalkeeper Dean Henderson had to be alert to push away a shot from Jonathan Obika.
Whalley made the 40th-minute breakthrough when his 20-yard free-kick found the bottom corner of the net.
Shrewsbury doubled their advantage two minutes into the second half when Nolan's shot from outside the box took a deflection on its way to the top corner.
Bryn Morris then headed against the bar for the hosts before Thomas, having just come on as a subtitute, tapped home for Oxford from close range just past the hour.
Shrewsbury quickly restored their two-goal cushion as winger Whalley confidently swept home his 12th goal of the season.
Oxford clawed another goal back in the 73rd minute when Rothwell fired home from 20 yards with the aid of a deflection.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 43 +47 90
2 Barnsley 44 +41 88
3 Portsmouth 43 +33 86
4 Sunderland 43 +35 84
5 Charlton Athletic 44 +27 82
6 Doncaster Rovers 43 +17 69
7 Peterborough United 43 +9 66
8 Coventry City 44 +2 64
9 Blackpool 44 +2 62
10 Burton Albion 44 +10 60
11 Oxford United 44 -4 59
12 Fleetwood Town 43 +6 57
13 Gillingham 44 -12 52
14 Rochdale 44 -30 51
15 Bristol Rovers 44 -4 50
16 Shrewsbury Town 44 -8 50
17 Wycombe Wanderers 44 -12 50
18 Accrington Stanley 43 -21 48
19 Southend United 44 -13 47
20 Plymouth Argyle 44 -21 47
21 Scunthorpe United 44 -28 46
22 AFC Wimbledon 43 -22 45
23 Walsall 44 -25 43
24 Bradford City 44 -29 37