League Two
Oxford Utd1Torquay0

Oxford United 1-0 Torquay United

Deane Smalley

Oxford climbed to sixth place in League Two with a deserved win over Torquay.

Torquay made a poor start, allowing Ryan Williams to run through the centre of their defence before feeding Deane Smalley to score with a simple finish.

Kevin Nicholson's free-kick and Joss Labadie's follow-up were Torquay's sole efforts in a disappointing first half.

Smalley's goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Anthony O'Connor, while Nicholson's free-kick hit the bar late on as Torquay stayed in the bottom two.

Oxford captain Jake Wright bravely headed the resulting loose ball over his own bar, but took a heavy knock in doing so and had to be carried off on a stretcher.

U's owner Ian Lenagan claimed after the game that with the former Halifax manger linked to the Northampton Town vacancy.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 13Hunt
  • 3Newey
  • 22Wroe
  • 19Mullins
  • 6WrightSubstituted forRaynesat 90+5'minutes
  • 15Williams
  • 17RoseBooked at 69mins
  • 10Smalley
  • 9Constable
  • 37RufflesSubstituted forRiggat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Raynes
  • 7Rigg
  • 18Davies
  • 20Marsh
  • 23Henly
  • 30Long
  • 34Bevans

Torquay

  • 1Poke
  • 29O'Connor
  • 3Nicholson
  • 6LathropeSubstituted forBodinat 88'minutes
  • 4DownesBooked at 74mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 7Mansell
  • 18LabadieBooked at 76mins
  • 19Stockley
  • 9HawleySubstituted forChapellat 72'minutes
  • 26BenyonBooked at 59minsSubstituted forGoodwinat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tonge
  • 10Bodin
  • 11Cameron
  • 12Chapell
  • 13Rice
  • 16Cooper
  • 17Goodwin
Referee:
Carl Berry
Attendance:
4,744

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamTorquay
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home4
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 1, Torquay United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Torquay United 0.

Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Michael Raynes replaces Jake Wright because of an injury.

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box following a set piece situation.

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Billy Bodin replaces Damon Lathrope.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Shamir Goodwin replaces Elliot Benyon.

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

Sean Rigg (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Booking

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

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

Attempt missed. Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Aaron Downes (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

Substitution

Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Karl Hawley.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Sean Rigg replaces Josh Ruffles.

Booking

Danny Rose (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffles (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Attempt blocked. Dean Smalley (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe271310441271449
2Chesterfield27139542251748
3Fleetwood26152944311347
4Rochdale27145843331047
5Burton2713773127446
6Oxford Utd26129536211545
7Southend26136734221245
8Newport2510873530538
9Morecambe28108103337-438
10Dag & Red2798103535035
11Wimbledon2798102930-135
12Plymouth2798102430-635
13Cheltenham2781093438-434
14Hartlepool2797112933-434
15York28711103234-232
16Exeter2695123236-432
17Mansfield28710112938-931
18Bristol Rovers2679102527-230
19Wycombe2678113236-429
20Accrington2678113138-729
21Portsmouth27611103241-929
22Bury26610103034-428
23Torquay2768132741-1426
24Northampton2657142036-1622
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