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Oxford United 0-0 Walsall

Oxford United's first meeting with Walsall for 16 years ended in anti-climax with an uninspiring goalless draw at the Kassam Stadium.

The Saddlers arguably had the better of what few chances there were in a match in which defences were very much on top.

And after their 1-0 win at Port Vale on Boxing Day, Walsall can be satisfied with their end to 2016.

Oxford top scorer Chris Maguire drove over the bar from 12 yards after a smart link-up with Marvin Johnson, who was a threat down the left.

But Walsall, who had youngster Kory Roberts making his debut at the back, defended solidly and the U's had to work very hard to try to break them down.

Alex MacDonald managed to find space to send in a low shot early in the second half, but it hardly troubled keeper Neil Etheridge.

Saddlers striker Simeon Jackson fired Joe Edwards' cross over the bar at full stretch. And U's keeper Simon Eastwood had to be at his best to turn Flo Cuvelier's 20-yard effort around a post.

Eastwood also produced a superb reaction save two minutes from time when an Edwards shot deflected off Chey Dunkley.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 5Nelson
  • 33DunkleyBooked at 40mins
  • 28Johnson
  • 11MacDonaldSubstituted forRothwellat 82'minutes
  • 4Lundstram
  • 23Ledson
  • 19HallSubstituted forRobertsat 73'minutes
  • 10Maguire
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forTaylorat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Skarz
  • 13Buchel
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Rothwell
  • 20Taylor
  • 21Roberts
  • 25Raglan

Walsall

  • 1Etheridge
  • 5McCarthy
  • 24Roberts
  • 4O'Connor
  • 3LairdBooked at 69mins
  • 2Edwards
  • 14Osbourne
  • 7Chambers
  • 8CuvelierSubstituted forMorrisat 73'minutes
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forMakrisat 87'minutes
  • 20BakayokoSubstituted forOztumerat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 10Oztumer
  • 11Morris
  • 13MacGillivray
  • 15Kinsella
  • 33Makris
  • 44Moussa
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
8,340

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 0, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Walsall 0.

Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Philip Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Andreas Makris replaces Simeon Jackson.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Edwards.

Attempt saved. Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Joe Rothwell replaces Alexander MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Oxford United).

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by John Lundstram.

Attempt blocked. Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Tyler Roberts replaces Robert Hall.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Kieron Morris replaces Florent Cuvelier.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Erhun Oztumer replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Oxford United).

Jason McCarthy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Marvin Johnson.

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

Booking

Scott Laird (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Robert Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Robert Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Laird (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

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

Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Oxford United).

Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Ryan Taylor replaces Kane Hemmings.

Attempt saved. Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd24155443232050
2Bolton24154532151749
3Scunthorpe24146447222548
4Rochdale2413383830842
5Bradford2491232920939
6Southend2410863529638
7Peterborough23107637251237
8Fleetwood2410773528737
9Millwall2411493937237
10Bristol Rovers2410683940-136
11Wimbledon248883430432
12Charlton2471162925432
13Oxford Utd248792828031
14Walsall2471072631-531
15Northampton2486103434030
16Gillingham2486103239-730
17Port Vale2486102737-1030
18MK Dons2476112934-527
19Swindon2466122438-1424
20Bury2464143346-1322
21Shrewsbury2456132438-1421
22Chesterfield2463152743-1621
23Coventry2448122135-1420
24Oldham2339111227-1518
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