Match ends, Oxford United 1, Hartlepool United 0.
Oxford United beat fellow promotion-hopefuls Hartlepool to strengthen their grip on a League Two play-off place.
Jack Barmby had chances at both the start and end of the first half for Hartlepool, but saw his first effort go wide before Ryan Clarke saved well.
Simon Walton was sent off for his second yellow card and the hosts took advantage within two minutes.
David Connolly's header from David Hunt's free-kick helped the U's close the gap on third place to six points.
Sixth-placed Oxford are now six points clear of eighth-placed Southend, who were held to a goalless draw by struggling Bristol Rovers.
Oxford's victory could be Mickey Lewis's last match as caretaker manager, with chairman Ian Lenagan announcing before kick-off that a new manager should be appointed over the weekend.
- 15WilliamsSubstituted forPotterat 37'minutes
- 9ConstableSubstituted forSmalleyat 90+3'minutes
- 19RichardsBooked at 62mins
- 22HoldenSubstituted forPooleat 86'minutes
- 14ComptonSubstituted forSweeneyat 78'minutes
- 8WaltonBooked at 75mins
- 12BarmbySubstituted forFranksat 84'minutes
- Andy Davies
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Hartlepool United 0.
Attempt saved. Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jordan Richards.
Attempt missed. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Substitution, Oxford United. Dean Smalley replaces James Constable.
Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).
Antony Sweeney (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
(Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Marlon Harewood (Hartlepool United).
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Andrew Whing.
Attempt blocked. Luke James (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Alfie Potter (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. James Poole replaces Darren Holden.
(Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sam Long (Oxford United).
Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Brad Walker.
Attempt missed. Andrew Whing (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jonathan Franks replaces Jack Barmby.
Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Darren Holden.