League Two
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Oxford United 0-0 Stevenage

Oxford striker Danny Hylton
Danny Hylton is Oxford's top-scorer this season with six goals

Oxford extended their unbeaten run in League Two to five matches but were left frustrated as Stevenage claimed a goalless draw at the Kassam Stadium.

Michael Appleton's team, who were bottom of the table a fortnight ago, dominated possession.

But they were unable to break the visitors down, with Danny Hylton spurning three great opportunities.

He had a close-range shot saved, put a decent header wide and also sliced a half-volley into the side-netting.

Stevenage showed more attacking intent after the break with Tom Pett shooting wide and fellow sub Dean Parrett forcing George Long into a save with a 20-yard drive.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I watched a lot of very young and very inexperienced players grow up an enormous amount today.

"We've been talking about the need for them to evolve tactically, to learn defensive as well as offensive responsibilities.

"That was a pretty solid, strong and disciplined performance in the second half. We cut out a very good chance that could have won it.

"We've got a big injury list - we've been a little unfortunate in that regard. The benefit for us is we're getting a lot of young players their first league experience."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 18Long
  • 6Wright
  • 5Mullins
  • 25Riley
  • 3Newey
  • 10Hylton
  • 29HowardSubstituted forBrownat 82'minutes
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15O'Dowda
  • 19Collins
  • 27Barnett

Substitutes

  • 4Raynes
  • 7Rose
  • 8Brown
  • 9Morris
  • 11Potter
  • 21Crocombe
  • 28Jakubiak

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 16Day
  • 9Charles
  • 2RichensBooked at 79mins
  • 3DembeleBooked at 90mins
  • 19Wells
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forParrettat 66'minutes
  • 22Lee
  • 20Beardsley
  • 25Henry
  • 24LancasterSubstituted forPettat 45'minutes
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forCalcuttat 43'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ashton
  • 11Pett
  • 15Calcutt
  • 18Parrett
  • 29Gorman
  • 30Reading
  • 32Conlon
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
4,658

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 0, Stevenage 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Stevenage 0.

  3. Post update

    Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Junior Brown (Oxford United).

  6. Booking

    Bira Dembele (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Danny Hylton (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

  9. Post update

    Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hylton (Oxford United).

  12. Post update

    (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Tom Newey (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Connor Calcutt (Stevenage).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Michael Collins (Oxford United).

  16. Post update

    Dean Wells (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tyrone Barnett (Oxford United).

  19. Post update

    Charlie Lee (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Chris Beardsley.