League Two
Oxford Utd2Tranmere0

Oxford United 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

Tyrone Barnett
Forward Tyrone Barnett scored Oxford's 28th-minute opener

Tranmere Rovers remain rooted to the bottom of League Two after defeat by fellow strugglers Oxford.

New boss Micky Adams, who will officially take charge on Tuesday after being appointed on Thursday, watched Rovers suffer an eighth league defeat.

Tyrone Barnett gave the hosts the lead, sweeping home Danny Hylton's low cross.

Barnett could have had a hat-trick before the break but it was left to Alfie Potter to double the lead with a driving effort at the far post.

Adams will be on the sidelines for Tranmere's match at home to Mansfield on Tuesday and he must quickly come up with a winning formula if Rovers are to avoid successive relegations.

The former Port Vale boss succeeded Rob Edwards after the Welshman was sacked having won just two of 14 matches in his five-month tenure.

Oxford move to 20th in the table and were hardly troubled, other than when Max Power forced Ryan Clarke into a fine save early on.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 25Riley
  • 6Wright
  • 5Mullins
  • 34Holmes-Dennis
  • 10Hylton
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forRuffelsat 84'minutes
  • 15O'DowdaSubstituted forPotterat 65'minutes
  • 7RoseSubstituted forRobertsat 88'minutes
  • 16Whing
  • 27Barnett

Substitutes

  • 2Meades
  • 4Raynes
  • 9Morris
  • 11Potter
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Long
  • 31Roberts

Tranmere

  • 26Brezovan
  • 19DonacienBooked at 41mins
  • 6Holness
  • 5Ihiekwe
  • 2HolmesBooked at 63mins
  • 4Power
  • 23GillSubstituted forLairdat 45'minutes
  • 8Koumas
  • 7DonnellyBooked at 56mins
  • 9OdejayiSubstituted forRichardsat 71'minutes
  • 29BarkerSubstituted forBell-Baggieat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Williams
  • 10Richards
  • 11Bell-Baggie
  • 12Rowe
  • 14Laird
  • 15Kirby
  • 28Davies
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
4,748

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. James Roberts replaces Danny Rose.

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

Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Josh Ruffels replaces Michael Collins.

Hand ball by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Danny Hylton (Oxford United).

Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

George Donnelly (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Marcus Holness.

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

Foul by Eliot Richards (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. Alfie Potter (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Riley with a cross.

Andrew Whing (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Abdulai Bell-Baggie replaces George Barker.

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Eliot Richards replaces Kayode Odejayi.

Hand ball by Alfie Potter (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Michael Collins (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Tranmere Rovers).

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Joe Riley.

Foul by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Oxford United).

George Barker (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Alfie Potter replaces Callum O'Dowda.

Danny Hylton (Oxford United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Booking

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Danny Hylton (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

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

Foul by Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers).

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by John Mullins.

Attempt blocked. George Donnelly (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jake Wright.

Foul by Tyrone Barnett (Oxford United).

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

George Donnelly (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe138411981128
2Bury1382323111226
3Burton138141615125
4Luton13733149524
5Plymouth13715148622
6Morecambe137151612422
7Shrewsbury136341610621
8Southend136341311221
9Newport135441613319
10Cheltenham135441313019
11Cambridge135352315818
12Northampton135352219318
13Wimbledon135352021-118
14Portsmouth134541112-117
15Stevenage135261619-317
16Mansfield135261216-417
17Exeter134451417-316
18Accrington135171824-616
19Dag & Red134271621-514
20Oxford Utd133461318-513
21Carlisle133371522-712
22Hartlepool13328820-1211
23York131751118-710
24Tranmere132381118-79
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