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The Kassam Stadium (ATT 6,001) 21st August 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: O Langford

Oxford Utd Oxford United vs Southend United Southend

Oxford Utd 2

T Craddock (54, 87)

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Southend 0

M Timlin (S/O 27)

Craddock back to lead U's win

Last Updated: 21/08/12 10:43pm

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Craddock: Bagged a brace

Craddock: Bagged a brace

Tom Craddock ended a year of injury frustration with the goals that sent Oxford to a 2-0 win over Southend on Tuesday.

The former Middlesbrough and Luton forward missed most of the 2011-2012 season with knee and hamstring injuries but came on as a half-time substitute against 10-man Southend and broke the deadlock nine minutes later, turning in Alfie Potter's cross.

Southend spent more than an hour with ten men after midfielder Michael Timlin was sent off on 27 minutes for a second bookable offence.

And Oxford took a while to start carving out good scoring opportunities.

Deane Smalley, preferred to James Constable at the start, screwed a shot wide from a good position, and just before the break Sean Rigg saw a superb flicked header pushed away by Cameron Belford, who then saved brilliantly from Rigg's low drive just after Craddock had opened the scoring.

Craddock struck again on 87 minutes, driving an unstoppable shot past the over-worked Belford to secure the success.

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2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39