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Oxford United 0-2 Bristol Rovers

A physically stronger Bristol Rovers put a dent in Oxford's play-off hopes with victory at the Kassam Stadium to leapfrog them in the table - and boost their own hopes of a top-six finish.

Ollie Clarke struck a fine opening goal in the 17th minute, cutting in from the right edge of the penalty area past Joe Skarz and then curling a shot just inside the far post from 16 yards.

Oxford's in-form striker Conor McAleny was unlucky to see his shot on the turn from Marvin Johnson's right-wing cross smack against the post.

And on 36 minutes, the Pirates doubled their lead with Stuart Sinclair capitalising on some poor defending to fire low past Simon Eastwood for his first goal of the season.

Clarke had sounded a warning in only the second minute with a fierce 20-yard drive that Eastwood managed to parry to his left.

McAleny also went close for Oxford with a free-kick just before the break that Joe Lumley pushed over.

The U's, so short of players because of injuries they did not have a striker on the bench, made more of a fist of it in the second half.

Lumley saved with his feet from McAleny, but Rovers finished comfortable winners in the end.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 25Raglan
  • 33DunkleyBooked at 7mins
  • 3SkarzSubstituted forRothwellat 45'minutes
  • 8Sercombe
  • 23LedsonBooked at 59mins
  • 4Lundstram
  • 28Johnson
  • 7MartínezBooked at 84mins
  • 11McAleny

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Rothwell
  • 22Long
  • 34Stevens
  • 35Carroll

Bristol Rovers

  • 31LumleyBooked at 85mins
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 33Sweeney
  • 3BrownBooked at 74mins
  • 14Lines
  • 24Sinclair
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMansellat 88'minutes
  • 23BodinSubstituted forMontañoat 79'minutes
  • 29JamesSubstituted forGaffneyat 62'minutes
  • 22Moore

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 7Mansell
  • 16Harris
  • 21Montaño
  • 30Gaffney
  • 35Burn
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
9,862

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 0, Bristol Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Bristol Rovers 2.

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

Hand ball by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Marvin Johnson.

Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antonio Martínez (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Lee Mansell replaces Ollie Clarke.

Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Joe Lumley (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Antonio Martínez (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Antonio Martínez (Oxford United).

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Conor McAleny (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces Billy Bodin.

Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Rothwell (Oxford United).

Booking

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Antonio Martínez (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Ryan Ledson (Oxford United).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by James Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Luke James.

Foul by Antonio Martínez (Oxford United).

Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Ledson (Oxford United).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay in match Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd35209664382669
2Fleetwood351810752322064
3Scunthorpe351710860382261
4Bolton34179846291760
5Bradford361417547341359
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend351412953431054
8Bristol Rovers361312115454051
9Peterborough36148144948150
10Oxford Utd33147124235749
11Rochdale33147124846249
12Walsall351213104344-149
13Wimbledon351114104745247
14MK Dons351110144545043
15Northampton36127175360-743
16Charlton35915114441342
17Gillingham361012144757-1042
18Shrewsbury36119163950-1142
19Bury36117185464-1040
20Oldham36912152336-1339
21Swindon3699183550-1536
22Port Vale33811143552-1735
23Chesterfield3587203256-2431
24Coventry35511193054-2426
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