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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
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1 Burton Albion 39 77
2 Shrewsbury Town 39 74
3 Wycombe Wanderers 39 74
4 Bury 38 67
5 Southend United 38 63
6 Newport County AFC 39 61
7 Plymouth Argyle 39 60
8 Luton Town 39 58
9 Stevenage 39 58
10 Northampton Town 39 56
11 Exeter City 39 55
12 AFC Wimbledon 39 53
13 Morecambe 39 50
14 Portsmouth 39 49
15 Dagenham & Redbridge 39 49
16 Oxford United 39 46
17 Accrington Stanley 39 46
18 Mansfield Town 39 45
19 Cambridge United 39 44
20 York City 39 41
21 Carlisle United 39 41
22 Hartlepool United 39 39
23 Tranmere Rovers 39 38
24 Cheltenham Town 39 37