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Oxford United 1-0 Cambridge United

Ryan Taylor congratulated on his opening goal
Ryan Taylor scored his fourth goal in his last three games for Oxford United

Shaun Derry experienced defeat in his first game in charge of Cambridge United as Oxford kept pace with League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle.

Ryan Taylor's first-half goal, his fourth in three games for Oxford, came from Alex MacDonald's pull back.

Danny Hylton hit the underside of the bar after the break after he rounded Cambridge goalkeeper Chris Dunn.

Barry Corr had two late efforts from corners cleared off the line, but the visitors could not find a leveller.

Former Notts County manager Derry, who was named successor to Richard Money at the Abbey Stadium on Thursday, saw his side create little before their late rally.

Oxford remain second in the table, five points behind leaders Plymouth, who beat York 2-1.

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Appleton pleased with Cambridge United win

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford:

"For the boys to keep a clean sheet today was crucial, especially after the blip we had in the last home game here against Barnet.

"It was a little bit of a nervy end, which is obviously always the case if you only score the one goal and I said that to the players the importance of getting that second goal.

"We created lots of chances on the day and you're always giving the opposition a chance to get something out of the game if you don't get it.

"I thought the lads held firm, didn't panic, defended well when they needed to and were in the right places at the right time."

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"First game in charge against a really, really difficult opponent. Oxford I feel are a side that are going to get promoted.

"I've watched a lot of this level lately and this team were a real stand-out team and it was difficult at times today.

"But, I felt that we've shown a resolve that's probably been questioned in recent weeks and we found a way of affecting the game in the last 10 to 15 minutes.

"There were parts of the performance where I think we can improve a lot on. But, in terms of the whole 90 minutes, we've come here and given Oxford a real game.

"'I'm proud of the information the lads have taken on in the two days I've worked with them. But I want them to learn and go forward as a football club."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 13Buchel
  • 2Baldock
  • 33Dunkley
  • 5Mullins
  • 3Skarz
  • 4Roofe
  • 8Sercombe
  • 18LundstramBooked at 60mins
  • 11MacDonald
  • 10Hylton
  • 20TaylorBooked at 25mins

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 7Rose
  • 9Hoban
  • 14Ruffels
  • 23Gayle
  • 26Cundy
  • 27George

Cambridge

  • 1Dunn
  • 25DemetriouSubstituted forSimpsonat 84'minutes
  • 5RobertsBooked at 37mins
  • 6LeggeBooked at 29mins
  • 12Sesay
  • 7Donaldson
  • 8BerryBooked at 79mins
  • 24NewtonSubstituted forHughesat 73'minutes
  • 21GaffneySubstituted forSlewat 58'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 10Corr
  • 11Dunk

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 9Slew
  • 13Beasant
  • 14Coulson
  • 15Simpson
  • 16Morrissey
  • 18Hughes
Referee:
Keith Hill
Attendance:
6,958

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 1, Cambridge United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Cambridge United 0.

Attempt missed. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Hand ball by Ryan Taylor (Oxford United).

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Joe Skarz.

Delay in match Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Barry Corr (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

Jeff Hughes (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Barry Corr (Cambridge United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by George Baldock.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Ryan Taylor.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United).

Jordan Slew (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Robbie Simpson replaces Mickey Demetriou.

Booking

Jordan Slew (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Slew (Cambridge United).

Hand ball by Barry Corr (Cambridge United).

Booking

Luke Berry (Cambridge United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Berry (Cambridge United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Jeff Hughes replaces Conor Newton.

Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by John Lundstram.

Attempt saved. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Donaldson (Cambridge United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Harrison Dunk.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Leon Legge.

Attempt blocked. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United).

Booking

John Lundstram (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

Jordan Slew (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Barry Corr (Cambridge United).

Substitution

Substitution, Cambridge United. Jordan Slew replaces Rory Gaffney.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth17122327121538
2Oxford Utd1796228151333
3Northampton179442721631
4Accrington178542619729
5Portsmouth167722314928
6Mansfield177552214826
7Leyton Orient167542620626
8Bristol Rovers168262118326
9Carlisle177552930-126
10Luton177462921825
11Wycombe157442013725
12Wimbledon167452423125
13Morecambe167273129223
14Exeter176562325-223
15Notts County166462123-222
16Crawley176472126-522
17Cambridge175572125-420
18Barnet176292328-520
19Hartlepool165291524-917
20Stevenage173682132-1115
21Newport173591728-1114
22York172691928-912
23Yeovil1724111931-1210
24Dag & Red161691731-149
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