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Oxford Utd1Rochdale0

Oxford United 1-0 Rochdale

Liam Sercombe scored the winner in the 88th minute as Oxford overcame Rochdale at the Kassam Stadium.

Just moments after Peter Vincenti had shot wide for Dale from a great position, new signing Marvin Johnson's cross was converted by midfielder Sercombe.

It was cruel on Dale, who are still looking for their first league win of the season.

The visitors had a great chance to open the scoring after just four minutes. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's left-wing cross picked out Andy Cannon, but he fired over from six yards.

Oxford duo Kane Hemmings and Wes Thomas were both denied by goalkeeper Conrad Logan, and at half-time deadline-day signing Johnson replaced Hemmings.

Johnson was unlucky not to score with a back-header, and Thomas also went close for the hosts.

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for Rochdale as Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood parried a firece Mendez-Laing strike and Niall Canavan flicked an effort against the crossbar from a corner.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 33Dunkley
  • 25RaglanBooked at 42mins
  • 3Skarz
  • 18RothwellSubstituted forMacDonaldat 86'minutes
  • 8Sercombe
  • 4Lundstram
  • 10MaguireBooked at 27mins
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forJohnsonat 45'minutes
  • 9ThomasSubstituted forTaylorat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Crowley
  • 11MacDonald
  • 14Ruffels
  • 20Taylor
  • 22Long
  • 28Johnson
  • 39Brown

Rochdale

  • 25Logan
  • 2Rafferty
  • 5Canavan
  • 6McGahey
  • 4McNulty
  • 29OdelusiSubstituted forBunneyat 70'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 24Allen
  • 27CannonSubstituted forMcDermottat 67'minutes
  • 11Mendez-LaingBooked at 49mins
  • 19DaviesSubstituted forVincentiat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lillis
  • 3Tanser
  • 7Vincenti
  • 12McDermott
  • 18Keane
  • 28Morley
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
6,939

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 1, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Rochdale 0.

Attempt missed. Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 1, Rochdale 0. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Taylor.

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

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale).

Attempt missed. Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Alexander MacDonald replaces Joe Rothwell.

Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Oxford United).

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Oxford United).

Peter Vincenti (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

Niall Canavan (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Oxford United).

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Rochdale).

Charlie Raglan (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Peter Vincenti replaces Steve Davies.

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

Niall Canavan (Rochdale) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Chris Maguire.

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Conrad Logan.

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamie Allen (Rochdale).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Joe Bunney replaces Sanmi Odelusi.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Ryan Taylor replaces Wes Thomas.

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Donal McDermott replaces Andrew Cannon because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jamie Allen (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bolton642095414
2Bradford633084412
3Fleetwood6321105511
4Millwall63211210211
5Scunthorpe5311137610
6Peterborough6312138510
7Port Vale631276110
8Gillingham5311910-110
9Bury622210738
10Charlton52217528
11Swindon52216608
12Chesterfield62139907
13MK Dons521256-17
14Oxford Utd621368-27
15Shrewsbury6213710-37
16Oldham613247-36
17Northampton50503305
18Walsall512278-15
19Wimbledon612369-35
20Southend612369-35
21Bristol Rovers411257-24
22Sheff Utd511348-44
23Coventry603327-53
24Rochdale602448-42
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