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Constable at the double

25 Jan 2011 23:00:06

Constable at the double

Oxford climbed to seventh in the table after James Constable's second-half double sent his old club Shrewsbury crashing to a 3-1 defeat.Asa Hall fired the U's ahead in the 11th minute with a 20-yard drive but Mark Wright equalised with a long-range drive that took a big deflection to beat goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.Oxford were denied a second goal when Somerset referee Steve Tanner controversially overruled his own penalty decision.He awarded a spot-kick for a foul by Kevin McIntyre on Damian Batt, but then changed his mind after speaking to a linesman who was closer to the incident.However, it did not matter for Chris Wilder's team as Constable struck in the 59th and 76th minutes.He turned sharply to drill in a low shot from 14 yards, then fired a fierce left-footed drive from a narrow angle as Oxford moved into the play-off places for the first time.


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