League Two
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers1Oxford UtdOxford United1

Bristol Rovers 1-1 Oxford United

John Joe O'Toole

John-Joe O'Toole's late header earned struggling Bristol Rovers a point against high-flying Oxford United.

The former Watford midfielder nodded home Lee Brown's free-kick to deny Oxford second position in League Two.

James Constable had put the visitors ahead early on with a deft volley after Dave Kitson's cross was chested to him.

But O'Toole's equaliser means Rovers are two points above the relegation places, while managerless Oxford are third, a point clear of Rochdale.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I can't remember who said it now, but it's all about keeping your head when others around you are losing theirs and I thought my team did that.

"We made some errors and mistakes, conditions were tough and we were a goal down to a very good team.

"We made some alterations around the team to try and get back in the game and credit to my players for getting back into the game.

"There are days when other things are going against us and you start to feel sorry for yourselves but I don't think my team did that."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 24O Clarke
  • 6ParkesBooked at 74mins
  • 29McChrystal
  • 30Lockyer
  • 32O'Toole
  • 16Gow
  • 19BeardsleyBooked at 24mins
  • 39MohamedSubstituted forGillespieat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Clarkson
  • 8Gillespie
  • 15Norburn
  • 17Harrison
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 34Keary

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Clarke
  • 34Bevans
  • 3NeweyBooked at 83mins
  • 22Wroe
  • 13Hunt
  • 19Mullins
  • 17Rose
  • 37Ruffels
  • 9ConstableSubstituted forConnollyat 77'minutes
  • 8Kitson
  • 10Smalley

Substitutes

  • 11Potter
  • 18Davies
  • 20Marsh
  • 23Henly
  • 24Connolly
  • 30Long
  • 35O'Dowda
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
6,493

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Oxford United 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Newey.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Oxford United 1. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

  7. Booking

    Tom Newey (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

  10. Post update

    Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. David Connolly replaces James Constable.

  13. Post update

    Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by John Mullins (Oxford United).

  15. Booking

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by David Hunt.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

  20. Post update

    John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.