League Two
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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 1, Torquay United 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

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

  5. Post update

    Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Jake Wright.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Billy Bodin replaces Damon Lathrope.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Torquay United. Shamir Goodwin replaces Elliot Benyon.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).