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Oxford United 0-1 Bristol Rovers

John-Joe O'Toole

John-Joe O'Toole's penalty earned struggling Bristol Rovers a shock win over high-flying Oxford.

The U's were top of the table before the game, while Rovers were 21st and had failed to win in their last nine.

But it was the Pirates who took all three points thanks to O'Toole's second-half penalty, awarded after Jake Wright felled Eliot Richards.

Striker James Constable had two clear opportunities to score for the hosts, but both headers went wide.

Veteran Rovers keeper Steve Mildenhall also produced two good saved to deny Sean Rigg and Dave Kitson.

The result means Oxford slip to second in the table, while John Ward's side move up one place.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I'm delighted and I am really pleased for the players and the supporters.

"We have actually played as well as that in one or two games we haven't won and we just stayed in there.

"There are fine margins in games. We've had some go against us and today we have had a victory with a good performance.

"I'm pleased for the supporters because they've followed us and stuck with us. I'm pleased with my young players to so it's a good day for Bristol Rovers which hasn't surprised me because I think it's been coming."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Clarke
  • 13HuntSubstituted forSmalleyat 78'minutes
  • 6WrightBooked at 79mins
  • 17Rose
  • 4Raynes
  • 19Mullins
  • 15WilliamsSubstituted forPotterat 60'minutesSubstituted forDaviesat 90'minutes
  • 16Whing
  • 8Kitson
  • 9Constable
  • 7Rigg

Substitutes

  • 10Smalley
  • 11Potter
  • 14Hall
  • 18Davies
  • 21Crocombe
  • 34Bevans
  • 37Ruffles

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 30LockyerBooked at 89mins
  • 24O Clarke
  • 22Packwood
  • 6Parkes
  • 33SantosSubstituted forHarrisonat 90+4'minutes
  • 32O'TooleBooked at 90mins
  • 10Richards
  • 19BeardsleySubstituted forBruntat 86'minutes
  • 25ClucasBooked at 40mins

Substitutes

  • 15Norburn
  • 16Henshall
  • 17Harrison
  • 20Gough
  • 26Brunt
  • 34Keary
  • 35Southway
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
6,374

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Bristol Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Rose (Oxford United) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Alefe Santos.

  5. Booking

    John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

  9. Post update

    John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dave Kitson (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Scott Davies replaces Alfie Potter.

  12. Booking

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Alfie Potter (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ryan Brunt replaces Chris Beardsley.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alfie Potter (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  17. Booking

    Jake Wright (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

  19. Post update

    Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Dean Smalley replaces David Hunt.