League Two
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers0Oxford UtdOxford United1
Kemar Roofe
Kemar Roofe has scored five goals in seven appearances this season

Oxford United midfielder Kemar Roofe hit a stunning winner to secure victory over Bristol Rovers in a game both sides finished with 10 men.

Rovers midfielder Ollie Clarke received a straight red on 16 minutes after challenging Danny Rose for a header.

The U's then had Liam Sercombe dismissed for a second bookable offence with just over half an hour remaining.

Moments later Roofe collected a knock-down from Pat Hoban and curled into the top corner from just outside the box.

The win lifts unbeaten Oxford up to fourth in League Two, three points behind early season pace-setters Leyton Orient.

The visitors had to battle for the three points, even after referee James Linington adjudged Clarke had led with an elbow in an aerial challenge on Rose.

The Pirates had several chances to draw level but U's keeper Sam Slocombe saved from Jermaine Easter, Tom Parkes and Chris Lines.

Substitute Billy Bodin had a late claim for a penalty waved away following a challenge from Hoban in the area.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 30Chapman
  • 24Sinclair
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forBodinat 84'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 17mins
  • 14Lines
  • 7MansellSubstituted forMontañoat 74'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forHarrisonat 67'minutes
  • 17Easter

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 9Harrison
  • 19Greenslade
  • 21Montaño
  • 23Bodin
  • 26Lyttle
  • 29Monakana

Oxford Utd

  • 1Slocombe
  • 2Baldock
  • 33DunkleyBooked at 40mins
  • 6Wright
  • 3Skarz
  • 7Rose
  • 4RoofeSubstituted forLundstramat 76'minutes
  • 11MacDonald
  • 8SercombeBooked at 59mins
  • 10HyltonBooked at 47minsSubstituted forRuffelsat 89'minutes
  • 20TaylorBooked at 54minsSubstituted forHobanat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hoban
  • 13Buchel
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Lundstram
  • 27George
  • 31Roberts
  • 32Hawtin
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
7,038

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away24

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Oxford United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Oxford United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by George Baldock.

  5. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Pat Hoban (Oxford United).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Josh Ruffels replaces Danny Hylton.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Pat Hoban.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Oxford United).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin replaces James Clarke.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Danny Rose.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by George Baldock.

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