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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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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18