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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:

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Appleton praises second-half display

"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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Oxford United 1, Newport County 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Matt Partridge.

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by John Mullins.

Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

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

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

Foul by Matt Partridge (Newport County).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Day.

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

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Mark Byrne.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Scott Barrow.

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

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Scott Barrow.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Scott Boden replaces Yan Klukowski.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United).

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

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Day.

Attempt saved. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Aaron Collins replaces Tommy O'Sullivan.

Attempt missed. Kemar Roofe (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 1, Newport County 1. Pat Hoban (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kemar Roofe with a cross.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Matt Partridge.

Attempt saved. Pat Hoban (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb (Newport County).

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

Foul by Tommy O'Sullivan (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Mark Byrne (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Medy Elito (Newport County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

George Baldock (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Medy Elito (Newport County).

Attempt missed. Pat Hoban (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Scott Barrow replaces Scott Bennett because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth19123429151439
2Oxford Utd19107230161437
3Northampton1911443123837
4Portsmouth1989231161533
5Accrington189542921832
6Leyton Orient198653126530
7Carlisle198653535030
8Mansfield198562517829
9Wycombe178542214829
10Exeter198562726129
11Wimbledon197662525027
12Luton197573225726
13Bristol Rovers188282322126
14Notts County187472627-125
15Crawley197482429-525
16Morecambe187383333024
17Cambridge196582730-323
18Barnet1963102532-721
19Hartlepool1862101928-920
20Stevenage194782333-1019
21Newport193791829-1116
22Dag & Red1826101832-1412
23York1926112137-1612
24Yeovil1925121932-1311
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