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Stevenage 0-2 Oxford United

John Mullins's first goal of the season inspired Oxford's first win in five games and ended Stevenage's eight-game unbeaten home run.

After a goalless first half, Mullins headed a Michael Collins free-kick into the top corner just before the hour.

Callum O'Dowda then doubled the lead with a simple tap-in after keeper Chris Day had denied Pat Hoban from close in.

Oxford were indebted to saves from Ryan Clarke, who kept out Ben Kennedy's volley and Dean Parrett's free-kick.

The visitors have climbed further away from the League Two relegation zone and are up to 15th, while Stevenage remain eighth, three points from the play-off spots.

Stevenage boss Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Westley on Stevenage v Oxford

"One of my biggest complaints at half time was that we were almost lacklustre in the way we went about the game. I was really disappointed.

"We had the 0-0 scoreline at half time but I thought they were more likely to score. I thought they were causing us more problems than we were them."

On injuries to Chris Whelpdale, Tom Pett and Adam Marriott: "They're tough players to replace. They're three big players for us and we're disappointed to lose them.

"It's a question on trying to give the players that are here their chances. It's a steep learning curve."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 19Wells
  • 9Charles
  • 23Okimo
  • 34DeaconSubstituted forKennedyat 45'minutes
  • 22Lee
  • 18ParrettSubstituted forMcAllisterat 76'minutes
  • 8Walton
  • 20BeardsleyBooked at 81mins
  • 10ZolaSubstituted forN'Guessanat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 3Dembele
  • 5Ashton
  • 6Bond
  • 12McAllister
  • 28N'Guessan
  • 33Kennedy

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 3Skarz
  • 4Brindley
  • 5MullinsBooked at 81mins
  • 6Wright
  • 7Rose
  • 19Collins
  • 16Whing
  • 15O'DowdaSubstituted forBurnsat 90+3'minutes
  • 10HyltonSubstituted forRobertsat 87'minutes
  • 9HobanBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 14Ruffels
  • 21Crocombe
  • 22Long
  • 24Ashby
  • 26Burns
  • 31Roberts
  • 33Dunkley
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
3,146

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Oxford United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Oxford United 2.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by John Mullins.

Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Wes Burns replaces Callum O'Dowda.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Skarz.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. James Roberts replaces Danny Hylton.

Booking

Pat Hoban (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

Dean Wells (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pat Hoban (Oxford United).

Booking

John Mullins (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Stevenage).

John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Dean Wells (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by John Mullins.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. David McAllister replaces Dean Parrett.

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Danny Hylton (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 0, Oxford United 2. Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Joseph N'Guessan (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ronnie Henry.

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pat Hoban (Oxford United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Dean Parrett.

Attempt missed. Simon Walton (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 0, Oxford United 1. John Mullins (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Michael Collins with a cross.

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Stevenage).

Andrew Whing (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Ben Kennedy (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Michael Collins.

Attempt missed. Simon Walton (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Second Half

Second Half begins Stevenage 0, Oxford United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Joseph N'Guessan replaces Calvin Zola.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Ben Kennedy replaces Roarie Deacon.

Half Time

First Half ends, Stevenage 0, Oxford United 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury28166640182254
2Burton28166638261254
3Wycombe281411340211953
4Luton27148533201350
5Southend2814863023750
6Newport2813783633346
7Bury28135103933644
8Stevenage28125113937241
9Exeter29118103941-241
10Plymouth281171032221040
11Morecambe28108102826238
12Northampton28114134539637
13Wimbledon27107103838037
14Cambridge27106114233936
15Oxford Utd2889113236-433
16Accrington27103143648-1233
17Tranmere2779112932-330
18Portsmouth2779112833-530
19Dag & Red2886143039-930
20Carlisle2893163550-1530
21Cheltenham2879122540-1530
22York28513102733-628
23Mansfield2777132235-1328
24Hartlepool2856172249-2721
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