League Two
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Oxford United 1-1 Crawley Town

Crawley made a positive start to life in League Two after relegation as they claimed a draw at Oxford.

Gwion Edwards headed the visitors in front after Lee Barnard's persistence had kept alive a seemingly dead attack.

Last season's top scorer Danny Hylton levelled things nine minutes later, after Danny Rose's fine pass.

Oxford had few clear chances, but Kemar Roofe's late shot drew a good save from Freddie Woodman, who also did well to deny Johnny Mullins from the corner.

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates told BBC Surrey:

"There's plenty more to come from us and there are things we want to get better, but it was a tough place to come.

"We've absolutely worked our socks off, we've switched off once and we got punished.

"The game plan we had the boys absolutely nailed it and they were brilliant and I commend them all, from one to 18 in the group they were magnificent.

"The attitude has been brilliant and we've had a tough summer for this club, with recruitment and I'll hold my hands up, but it's where we are."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Slocombe
  • 2Baldock
  • 5Mullins
  • 6Wright
  • 3Skarz
  • 4Roofe
  • 7RoseSubstituted forRuffelsat 80'minutes
  • 8Sercombe
  • 11MacDonaldSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 77'minutes
  • 10Hylton
  • 20TaylorBooked at 17minsSubstituted forHobanat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hoban
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15O'Dowda
  • 21Crowcombe
  • 22Long
  • 24Ashby
  • 33Dunkley

Crawley

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Woodman
  • 23Donnelly
  • 5McNerneyBooked at 83mins
  • 16Ashton
  • 6Bradley
  • 4WaltonBooked at 8minsSubstituted forHendersonat 45'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 10Rooney
  • 7Edwards
  • 9BarnardSubstituted forHarroldat 69'minutes
  • 20DeaconSubstituted forYoungat 69'minutesBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 11Henderson
  • 12Preston
  • 14Young
  • 15Fenelon
  • 17Bawling
  • 18Harrold
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
6,349

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 1, Crawley Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Crawley Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by John Mullins.

  4. Post update

    John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Matt Harrold (Crawley Town).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Gwion Edwards.

  7. Booking

    Lewis Young (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Sam Slocombe (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Mullins (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Freddie Woodman.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top left corner.

  13. Booking

    Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

  16. Post update

    Delay in match John Mullins (Oxford United) because of an injury.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Josh Ruffels replaces Danny Rose.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hylton (Oxford United).

  19. Post update

    Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Lewis Young.