League Two
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Oxford United 1-1 Newport County

Alex Rodman is fouled by an Oxford defender
Newport County are four points above the relegation zone after the draw at Oxford

Oxford missed a chance to go top of League Two when they were held at home by resurgent Newport.

The Yellows dominated possession but were caught on the break by Lenell John-Lewis who fired in spectacularly from 25 yards just before the interval.

Pat Hoban rewarded Oxford's dominance when he turned and fired-in the equaliser in the 72nd minute.

But County almost claimed all the points when Aaron Collins had a shot blocked in stoppage time.

Newport stay in 21st position, but are now unbeaten in eight league and cup games under manager John Sheridan, while Oxford remain second, two points behind Plymouth.

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford:

"The result was frustrating, but the second-half performance I thought was magnificent.

"We've had some good performances here recently, but the second half I thought they were outstanding.

"We got the one goal, very unfortunate not to find the second, but I couldn't have asked any more from them.

"The whole place just seemed a little but flat in the first half and I asked them to get on the front foot a bit quicker and it looked really exciting after the break.

"Newport are a side that John Sheridan's got well-organised, they came here tonight to get the point they wanted and it was a fantastic finish for them.

"Sometimes you've got to hold your hands up when someone puts one in the stanchion from 30 yards."

Newport manager John Sheridan:

"I think Oxford were the better side and put us on the back foot for a lot of the second half, but I was very pleased with the way we played first half.

"It's a good point because they are going well. I just think that if we believed ourselves a little more and we were brave and we took care of the ball a little bit more we could have caused them more problems.

"It's just about having a bit of game know-how and seeing the game through. But we gave the ball away cheaply and you end up on the back foot."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Buchel
  • 2BaldockBooked at 39mins
  • 5Mullins
  • 33Dunkley
  • 3Skarz
  • 4Roofe
  • 18Lundstram
  • 8Sercombe
  • 11MacDonald
  • 10HyltonSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 31'minutes
  • 20TaylorSubstituted forHobanat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 7Rose
  • 9Hoban
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15O'Dowda
  • 22Long
  • 27George

Newport

Formation 4-4-2

  • 30Day
  • 21Partridge
  • 18BennettBooked at 6minsSubstituted forBarrowat 61'minutes
  • 16Hughes
  • 7ElitoBooked at 63mins
  • 4O'SullivanSubstituted forCollinsat 75'minutes
  • 24Barnum-BobbBooked at 79mins
  • 33Byrne
  • 8KlukowskiSubstituted forBodenat 77'minutes
  • 23Rodman
  • 10John-Lewis

Substitutes

  • 2Holmes
  • 3Barrow
  • 6Taylor
  • 9Ansah
  • 15Green
  • 19Boden
  • 39Collins
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
5,479

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 1, Newport County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Newport County 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Matt Partridge.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by John Mullins.

  5. Post update

    Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

  6. Post update

    Alex Rodman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Pat Hoban (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Matt Partridge (Newport County).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Day.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Mark Byrne.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Scott Barrow.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Lundstram (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Scott Barrow.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Scott Boden (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Booking

    Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Baldock (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Newport County. Scott Boden replaces Yan Klukowski.