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Peterborough United 1-2 Oxford United

Oxford closed to within six points of a Sky Bet League One play-off place with victory at Peterborough - and all but ended the hosts' top-six hopes in the process.

Michael Appleton's men hit the front on 23 minutes at the ABAX Stadium when Phil Edwards headed in a Rob Hall corner.

And they doubled their advantage when Conor McAleny tucked away a slick Chris Maguire pass with 19 minutes to go.

The goalscorer was fortunate to still be on the pitch after escaping with a yellow card from referee Mark Heywood when throwing Jack Baldwin to the floor in first-half stoppage time.

It was a success which featured a series of fine saves from Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, whose best contribution was keeping out an early Leo Da Silva Lopes effort.

Eastwood also denied Chris Forrester and Craig Mackail-Smith early in the second period as Posh chased a leveller.

Even when he was beaten, Andrew Hughes headed against the crossbar before Posh saw Da Silva Lopes dismissed late on for collecting a second caution.

They did net in stoppage time as Mackail-Smith hit his 100th goal for the club, but it was not enough.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1McGee
  • 2SmithSubstituted forH Andersonat 28'minutes
  • 6BaldwinSubstituted forInmanat 68'minutes
  • 5Tafazolli
  • 3Hughes
  • 4Bostwick
  • 8Forrester
  • 18Da Silva LopesBooked at 85mins
  • 10TaylorBooked at 65mins
  • 21NicholsSubstituted forMoriasat 68'minutes
  • 13Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 14Tyler
  • 16Inman
  • 25H Anderson
  • 29Binnom-Williams
  • 36Samuelsen
  • 37Morias
  • 42Grant

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 33Dunkley
  • 5Nelson
  • 28Johnson
  • 10Maguire
  • 4Lundstram
  • 23LedsonBooked at 87mins
  • 19HallSubstituted forSercombeat 80'minutes
  • 11McAlenyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRothwellat 78'minutes
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forMartínezat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Skarz
  • 7Martínez
  • 8Sercombe
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Rothwell
  • 34Stevens
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
5,469

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Oxford United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Oxford United 2.

Foul by Paul Taylor (Peterborough United).

Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 1, Oxford United 2. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradden Inman.

Attempt saved. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Marvin Johnson.

Booking

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

Foul by Ryan Ledson (Oxford United).

Chris Forrester (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Peterborough United) for a bad foul.

Foul by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Peterborough United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Antonio Martínez replaces Kane Hemmings.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Liam Sercombe replaces Robert Hall.

Attempt missed. Andrew Hughes (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Joe Rothwell replaces Conor McAleny.

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Robert Hall.

Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Andrew Hughes (Peterborough United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Chris Maguire.

Goal!

Goal! Peterborough United 0, Oxford United 2. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Junior Morias replaces Tom Nichols.

Substitution

Substitution, Peterborough United. Bradden Inman replaces Jack Baldwin.

Booking

Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Peterborough United).

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Philip Edwards (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Taylor (Peterborough United).

Attempt blocked. Philip Edwards (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Paul Taylor (Peterborough United).

Robert Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Luke McGee.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd36219667402772
2Fleetwood361810854361864
3Bolton35189850311963
4Bradford371517549341562
5Scunthorpe3717101063432061
6Millwall35161095041958
7Southend361412105345854
8Bristol Rovers371412115654254
9Walsall371314104545053
10Oxford Utd35157134639752
11Rochdale34148125048250
12Peterborough37148155050050
13Wimbledon361114114746147
14Charlton371016114743446
15Northampton37137175460-646
16Gillingham371112145059-945
17MK Dons361111144747044
18Shrewsbury371110164051-1143
19Bury37118185464-1041
20Oldham37913152336-1340
21Port Vale34911143854-1638
22Swindon3799193753-1636
23Chesterfield3788213358-2532
24Coventry36511203056-2626
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