League Two
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Oxford United 0-0 Portsmouth

Ryan Williams

Oxford United lost further ground on the automatic promotion places in League Two after being held to a goalless draw by lowly Portsmouth.

Tom Newey headed Danny Rose's first-half corner over the bar.

Rose saw a cross-shot sail just wide, while David Hunt's dipping volley was two yards wide of Trevor Carson's goal.

Ryan Williams went close with a volley while Pompey's Joe Devera failed to connect with a chance and Carson kept out Johnny Mullins in injury time.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

"I don't think they'll be selling too many of those DVDs - it wasn't the most attractive. At times it's not our job to come away and be attractive and entertain other people's fans. It's our job to grind out results, become more difficult to beat and make sure we do the right things.

"They've predominantly been a top-four, top-six team throughout the season so they're up there and they're one of the best teams, that's why they are where they are.

"I'm pleased with the fact that we've now kept three clean sheets in four, one defeat in four and I'm pleased with the attitude of the players.

"I inherited a club that had the worst defensive record in the Football League, so we had to start somewhere and we need to make sure we become more difficult to beat. You can't keep conceding one or two, even three at times, goals per week and expect that you're going to score four."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 13Hunt
  • 3Newey
  • 19Mullins
  • 6Wright
  • 4RaynesBooked at 86mins
  • 22Wroe
  • 17Rose
  • 10SmalleySubstituted forConstableat 61'minutes
  • 15WilliamsBooked at 53mins
  • 7Rigg

Substitutes

  • 9Constable
  • 18Davies
  • 20Marsh
  • 23Henly
  • 30Long
  • 34Bevans
  • 37Ruffles

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 15AlfeiBooked at 85mins
  • 14Painter
  • 17Shorey
  • 5DeveraBooked at 52mins
  • 6BradleyBooked at 86mins
  • 16Ferry
  • 31RaconBooked at 64minsSubstituted forPadovaniat 77'minutes
  • 23AgyemangSubstituted forBirdat 72'minutes
  • 20TaylorSubstituted forErtlat 90+4'minutes
  • 35J WallaceBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 3N'Gala
  • 8Padovani
  • 9Connolly
  • 13Ertl
  • 18Bird
  • 36Whatmough
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
8,443

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 0, Portsmouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Portsmouth 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Ryan Taylor.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Rigg (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

  7. Post update

    Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Booking

    Michael Raynes (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Booking

    Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Jake Wright (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

  14. Post update

    Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Romain Padovani replaces Therry Racon.

  20. Post update

    James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe25138438241447
2Burton2513662923645
3Chesterfield24128437191844
4Rochdale2513483831743
5Southend2512673122942
6Fleetwood2413293829941
7Oxford Utd24109534211339
8Newport2410863427738
9Morecambe27107103135-437
10Dag & Red2697103232034
11Plymouth259792326-334
12Cheltenham258983235-333
13Exeter2595113134-332
14York2671093232031
15Wimbledon2587102729-231
16Hartlepool2587102731-431
17Mansfield2678112635-929
18Wycombe2477103033-328
19Bury2569103034-427
20Portsmouth2569102938-927
21Bristol Rovers2468102226-426
22Accrington2568112937-826
23Torquay2668122740-1326
24Northampton2557131933-1422
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