League Two
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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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 2, Tranmere Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. James Roberts replaces Danny Rose.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Josh Ruffels replaces Michael Collins.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hylton (Oxford United).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Marcus Holness.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Eliot Richards (Tranmere Rovers).

  15. 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.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

  18. Substitution

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Eliot Richards replaces Kayode Odejayi.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Alfie Potter (Oxford United).