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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season

Northampton and Oxford play out goalless stalemate at Sixfields

Neither Northampton nor Oxford were able to significantly strengthen their League One survival prospects after playing out a goalless draw at Sixfields.
Both teams had chances to win it throughout but poor finishing in front of goal was the story of the day, leaving Northampton 19th and Oxford 15th in the battle to beat relegation.
Chris Long missed two chances inside the first 18 minutes for Northampton, skewing over from 18 yards and then side-footing wide after good play from Gboly Ariyibi, before Richardinho's goalbound shot was blocked on the line by Brendan Moloney.
Isaac Buckley-Ricketts clipped the top of the crossbar as Oxford grew into the game with Ryan Ledson also whipping a long-range effort narrowly wide.
Long went close for a third time in the second half when blazing over from inside the box before Matt Crooks and Sam Hoskins were unable to force home a goalmouth scramble.
The best opening of the entire game fell late on to Wes Thomas, who should have won it for Oxford but he headed wide from six yards.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 42 +44 87
2 Barnsley 42 +37 82
3 Sunderland 41 +33 80
4 Portsmouth 41 +31 80
5 Charlton Athletic 42 +24 79
6 Doncaster Rovers 42 +19 69
7 Peterborough United 41 +9 64
8 Coventry City 42 +1 61
9 Burton Albion 42 +12 60
10 Blackpool 42 +1 58
11 Fleetwood Town 41 +7 56
12 Oxford United 42 -6 53
13 Shrewsbury Town 42 -6 50
14 Bristol Rovers 42 -3 49
15 Gillingham 42 -14 48
16 Accrington Stanley 42 -18 48
17 Wycombe Wanderers 42 -12 47
18 Plymouth Argyle 42 -16 47
19 Scunthorpe United 42 -24 45
20 Rochdale 42 -32 45
21 AFC Wimbledon 42 -22 44
22 Southend United 42 -14 43
23 Walsall 42 -24 42
24 Bradford City 42 -27 36