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Blackpool 0-1 Oxford United

Oxford inflicted Blackpool's first League One loss since New Year's Day and moved out of the relegation zone with victory at Bloomfield Road.

Jordan Graham's inch-perfect free-kick before half-time proved enough for Karl Robinson's side to secure their first win in six league matches.

The U's nearly broke the deadlock when Rob Dickie nodded Luke Garbutt's floated free-kick into the side netting before the half hour.

Mark Howard diverted Mark Sykes' dipping effort behind around 10 minutes from half-time, with the Blackpool stopper later denying the Oxford man from distance.

But Howard was powerless to stop Graham's sublime curling free-kick which flew over the wall and nestled in the top corner five minutes from the break.

Josh Ruffels headed Nick Anderton's dangerous 53rd-minute cross to safety with Armand Gnanduillet poised to draw Blackpool level.

Curtis Tilt went close before the hour after rising highest to meet Harry Pritchard's free-kick as Blackpool pressed, while substitute Jordan Thompson nearly took advantage of some uncertain Oxford defending with less than 20 minutes left.

Garbutt tested Howard with a low drive and Blackpool's Joe Dodoo stung Eastwood's palms at the other end with a powerful strike as Oxford managed to hang on.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Howard
  • 2Daniels
  • 6HeneghanBooked at 69mins
  • 16TiltBooked at 36mins
  • 3Wilmer-AndertonSubstituted forNottinghamat 81'minutes
  • 5EvansSubstituted forThompsonat 65'minutes
  • 8SpearingBooked at 39mins
  • 20Turton
  • 14Pritchard
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 31LongSubstituted forDodooat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Delfouneso
  • 11Dodoo
  • 12Nottingham
  • 15Thompson
  • 23Kirby
  • 34Shaw
  • 37Mafoumbi

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 23Long
  • 4Dickie
  • 5Nelson
  • 3Garbutt
  • 15Mousinho
  • 14RuffelsBooked at 80mins
  • 18GrahamSubstituted forKashiat 70'minutes
  • 17HenrySubstituted forHansonat 88'minutes
  • 24Sykes
  • 9SinclairBooked at 77minsSubstituted forSmithat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hanson
  • 11Carruthers
  • 27Stevens
  • 38Smith
  • 40Kashi
  • 42James
  • 47Lofthouse
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
4,003

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Oxford United 1.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ahmed Kashi.

Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Sykes (Oxford United).

Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Garbutt (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jonte Smith replaces Jerome Sinclair.

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

Attempt missed. Jordan Thompson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jamie Hanson replaces James Henry.

Foul by Joseph Dodoo (Blackpool).

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Nottingham replaces Nick Anderton.

Booking

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Donervon Daniels (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Blackpool).

Jerome Sinclair (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Jerome Sinclair (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oliver Turton (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jerome Sinclair (Oxford United).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Joseph Dodoo (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Blackpool).

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

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joseph Dodoo replaces Chris Long.

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Ahmed Kashi replaces Jordan Graham.

Booking

Ben Heneghan (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Blackpool).

Luke Garbutt (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jerome Sinclair (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Oliver Turton (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Henry (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Jordan Thompson replaces Antony Evans.

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton33218466283871
2Barnsley341910559283167
3Sunderland331714259322765
4Portsmouth341711655361962
5Charlton34178950341659
6Doncaster32159859401954
7Peterborough341410105246652
8Fleetwood34139124536948
9Blackpool33121293429548
10Coventry33137133637-146
11Burton341110134241143
12Wycombe341110134248-643
13Southend34125174445-141
14Plymouth34118154554-941
15Accrington321011113443-941
16Scunthorpe34118154158-1741
17Gillingham34116174557-1239
18Walsall34108163755-1838
19Shrewsbury33812133645-936
20Oxford Utd34812144152-1136
21Bristol Rovers33810153137-634
22Rochdale3497184272-3034
23Bradford3496193855-1733
24Wimbledon3485212853-2529
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