League Two
Oxford UtdOxford United1PlymouthPlymouth Argyle0

Oxford United 1-0 Plymouth Argyle

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport at The Kassam Stadium
Liam Sercombe
Liam Sercombe's goal took Oxford to within two points of leaders Plymouth

Oxford maintained their unbeaten home record as Liam Sercombe's goal saw them beat League Two leaders Plymouth.

Sercombe slotted in a right-footed shot from George Baldock's low cross for his fifth goal of the season.

Alex MacDonald and Ryan Taylor had both hit the post in the first half before the midfielder found the target.

Graham Carey flashed a second-half free-kick just wide of goal as Plymouth pressed for an equaliser but Oxford held on to make it four wins in five.

The U's almost extended their advantage, but substitute Pat Hoban was denied when his header was tipped on to the crossbar by Luke McCormick.

The defeat for Plymouth was their first in eight league games while third-placed Oxford stretched their unbeaten run to seven games.

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford:

"I thought the players were fantastic, especially in the first half. The only frustration at half-time is that it was a game I felt we should have put to bed.

"That's always in the back of your mind. The players are obviously aware of that and sometimes, psychologically, you can take a few steps backwards and soak up a bit of pressure, as we did at times in the second half.

"But, I still thought we created many opportunities again to put the game to bed. Luckily we got the goal and that was the one that was needed."

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams told BBC Radio Devon:

"I thought it was a game of two halves. In the first half Oxford played very well and in the second half we were excellent as well.

"From my point of view, we could've taken something from the game. We had opportunities in the second half and so did Oxford.

"You miss a player like Reuben Reid because of his goals, but we had players in the team tonight who caused Oxford problems. It was a high-tempo game, but Reuben was obviously a miss for us.

"We've overachieved already this season. We've showed through winning games how competitive we can be and Oxford are a well-experienced and well-staffed side and we've had to come here and play against a very good team."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Slocombe
  • 2Baldock
  • 5Mullins
  • 6Wright
  • 3Skarz
  • 4RoofeSubstituted forRoseat 88'minutes
  • 18Lundstram
  • 8Sercombe
  • 11MacDonaldSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 80'minutes
  • 20TaylorSubstituted forHobanat 80'minutes
  • 10Hylton

Substitutes

  • 7Rose
  • 9Hoban
  • 13Buchel
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15O'Dowda
  • 27George
  • 33Dunkley

Plymouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Mellor
  • 3Sawyer
  • 5NelsonBooked at 6mins
  • 6Hartley
  • 8Simpson
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forTannerat 72'minutes
  • 20Boateng
  • 4McHugh
  • 14JervisSubstituted forBruntat 86'minutes
  • 10CareyBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 7Cox
  • 15Harvey
  • 16Purrington
  • 17Brunt
  • 21Bittner
  • 26Threlkeld
  • 27Tanner
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
7,007

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Plymouth Argyle 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pat Hoban (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Danny Rose replaces Kemar Roofe.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jake Wright (Oxford United).

  6. Post update

    Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Gary Sawyer.

  8. Post update

    Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gary Sawyer (Plymouth Argyle).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Brunt replaces Jake Jervis.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Gary Sawyer.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

  13. Booking

    Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Pat Hoban replaces Ryan Taylor.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Callum O'Dowda replaces Alexander MacDonald.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Craig Tanner replaces Gregg Wylde.

  20. Post update

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