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Player in Focus - Mark Oxley

15 May 2018

With another Sky Bet League One season in the books, we look back at the squad and how they fared in another challenging Sky Bet League One season…

Where better to start off our Player in Focus than with Blues’ No.1 Mark Oxley.
 
The 27-year-old shot-stopper was keen to hit the ground running after a disrupted first season at Roots Hall, and that's exactly what he did.
 
Take a look through Oxley's season in numbers:
 
  Mark Oxley
Appearances 51
Minutes played 4590
Clean sheets 17
Penalties saved 3
Clearances 13
Save success rate 68.9%
 
Oxley started off the season with an impressive display against Blackburn Rovers, then topping his performance with several jaw-dropping saves against Plymouth.
 
He then continued his form in the month of September as he helped Blues go on a five-game unbeaten run.
 
His three clean sheets in the month of October earned him the DeVines Player of the month award.
 
Blues’ eight-year unbeaten run in the month of November came to an unfortunate end after losing 1-0 to Portsmouth, but despite this Oxley’s only defeat in the month was that game.
 
December’s fixtures were very difficult with Blues facing, Bristol Rovers, Bradford, Scunthorpe, Charlton and Shrewsbury all before the New Year, but Oxley still managed to pull off a number of saves that kept his side in each game. Following his impressive displays, he was awarded with his second DeVines Player of the Month award.
 
After the introduction of new Blues boss Chris Powell, both the team's and Oxley’s performances reached another level.
 
Straight away Oxley showed the new manager exactly what he is capable off, once again playing his part in Blues’ five-game unbeaten from January to February.
 
In the month of March, he kept three clean sheets, as well as pulling off two outstanding double saves against Doncaster and Rotherham.
 
The final two months of the season saw another four clean sheets tally up on Oxley’s list, and Blues fans were left in awe of some of the stops.
 
His outstanding season with Blues was rewarded with the Player of the Season award, the Players’ Player of the Season award and of course the Save of the Season award for his incredible fingertip save against Plymouth.

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