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Gillingham 0-1 Oxford United

Oxford United celebrate
Cheyenne Dunkley scored Oxford's first goal for three matches in the win at Gillingham

Cheyenne Dunkley scored the only goal as Oxford edged to victory at 10-man Gillingham.

Dunkley's strike was Oxford's first goal in three matches, and means they have now lost just one of their last eight League One matches.

While the visitors started stronger, Gillingham soon crept back into the game with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Frank Nouble's aerial ability testing the Oxford backline.

The hosts could have taken the lead just before half-time as Emmanuel-Thomas released Nouble, but an abysmal touch allowed Curtis Nelson to recover and clear.

Both teams came out on the front foot in the second half, although Oxford were far more composed in attack and began to dominate.

Gillingham's substitutions failed to stem the Oxford tide, and with 66 minutes played Chris Maguire ran to the byline and crossed low to Dunkley, who could hardly miss from six yards out.

The hosts were then reduced to 10 men when Deji Oshilaja was sent off in the 76th minute after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Ryan Taylor.

Despite that, Gillingham almost equalised five minutes from time through an overhead kick from defender Baily Cargill, only to see it fly narrowly over the bar.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 2Jackson
  • 5EhmerBooked at 90mins
  • 6OshilajaBooked at 76mins
  • 19Cargill
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 44WrightSubstituted forOldakerat 79'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 7WagstaffBooked at 52minsSubstituted forDonnellyat 62'minutes
  • 45NoubleSubstituted forMcDonaldat 62'minutes
  • 50Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 4Herd
  • 9Donnelly
  • 10McDonald
  • 11Knott
  • 13Hadler
  • 16Osadebe
  • 20Oldaker

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 5Nelson
  • 33Dunkley
  • 28Johnson
  • 19HallBooked at 54minsSubstituted forRobertsat 71'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Lundstram
  • 23Ledson
  • 11MacDonaldBooked at 11mins
  • 10Maguire
  • 20Taylor

Substitutes

  • 3Skarz
  • 13Buchel
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15Hemmings
  • 18Rothwell
  • 21Roberts
  • 25Raglan
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
6,414

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home23
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 0, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 0, Oxford United 1.

John Lundstram (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Booking

Tyler Roberts (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tyler Roberts (Oxford United).

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Tyler Roberts (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Gillingham).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ryan Jackson.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Baily Cargill.

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

Booking

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tyler Roberts (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Hand ball by Tyler Roberts (Oxford United).

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

Attempt missed. Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United).

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt missed. Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Oxford United).

Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt saved. Tyler Roberts (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Tyler Roberts (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Darren Oldaker replaces Josh Wright.

Attempt missed. Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Wright (Gillingham).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham) for a bad foul.

Ryan Taylor (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham).

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Oxford United).

Josh Wright (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd25165446242253
2Bolton25155534171750
3Scunthorpe25147448232549
4Rochdale25143840301045
5Bradford251012331211042
6Fleetwood2511773628840
7Southend2510963529639
8Peterborough24108638261238
9Millwall2511594139238
10Bristol Rovers2510694044-436
11Charlton2581163326735
12Oxford Utd259792928134
13Wimbledon258983632433
14Walsall2571082633-731
15Port Vale2587102737-1031
16Northampton2586113536-130
17Gillingham2586113240-830
18MK Dons2577112934-528
19Swindon2567122438-1425
20Bury2564153449-1522
21Chesterfield2564152743-1622
22Coventry2549122337-1421
23Shrewsbury2556142439-1521
24Oldham24310111227-1519
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