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Portsmouth 0-1 Oxford United

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport at Fratton Park
Oxford United celebrate Jordan Bowery's winning goal
Jordan Bowery (centre) is congratulated after scoring the winner on his Oxford United debut at Fratton Park

Jordan Bowery scored on his debut as Oxford beat fellow League Two promotion chasers Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Bowery came off the bench to score the winner after the visitors had seen a second-half penalty saved.

Ryan Fulton twice denied Liam Sercombe from the spot after fouling Danny Hylton in the box.

Adam McGurk missed the chance to equalise late on for Portsmouth as he could only direct his close-range header straight at Sam Slocombe.

Four points and two places separated the two promotion contenders before kick-off, but both were struggling for consistency.

A goalless first half saw Portsmouth striker Marc McNulty's shot cleared off the line by Oxford captain Jake Wright, while Sercombe flashed a half-volley just wide of the post for the visitors.

Sercombe then saw his penalty saved after the break by debutant goalkeeper Fulton, who got back on his feet to block the midfielder's rebound.

Fulton, signed on a youth loan until the end of the season from Liverpool on Friday, was perhaps fortunate to still be on the pitch when he raced off his line and brought Hylton down.

But Pompey failed to capitalise on that good fortune and former Aston Villa striker Bowery, signed on a contract until the end of the season after being released by Rotherham, eventually made them pay.

His low right-foot shot found the bottom left-hand corner after Wright's long ball over the top found him in space on the edge of the box.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

"In the first half Oxford were very strong and caused us no end of problems.

"We stuttered today. For as strong as we looked on Tuesday night (in the FA Cup against Ipswich), it was probably as weak as we've looked today.

"That's football, I've been down this game long enough to know what makes you good can also make you weak."

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford:

"I thought the penalty would give us a massive lift and it certainly gave our supporters a lift.

"Portsmouth got into the game a bit after the save and we then had to ride a bit of pressure. But we also created a couple of opportunities for ourselves.

"It was a fantastic finish from Jordan Bowery. He only got to the club on Friday and hasn't played a competitive game since the end of November.

"I think you saw glimpses today of what he'll give us once we get him fully fit and what he can produce."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Fulton
  • 2Davies
  • 20Clarke
  • 4Webster
  • 3Stevens
  • 8Doyle
  • 15BartonSubstituted forCloseat 55'minutes
  • 26Evans
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forMcGurkat 63'minutes
  • 23Bennett
  • 10McNultySubstituted forChaplinat 82'minutes


  • 1Jones
  • 6Burgess
  • 7McGurk
  • 14Naismith
  • 18Tollitt
  • 19Chaplin
  • 33Close

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Slocombe
  • 2Baldock
  • 5MullinsBooked at 60mins
  • 6Wright
  • 3Skarz
  • 15O'DowdaSubstituted forEvansat 81'minutes
  • 18Lundstram
  • 8Sercombe
  • 4Roofe
  • 10HyltonSubstituted forHobanat 87'minutes
  • 11MacDonaldSubstituted forBoweryat 69'minutes


  • 9Hoban
  • 13Buchel
  • 14Ruffels
  • 22Long
  • 29Bowery
  • 33Dunkley
  • 36Evans
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Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamOxford Utd
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 0, Oxford United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Oxford United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jordan Evans.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Pat Hoban replaces Danny Hylton.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by George Baldock.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by George Baldock.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Marc McNulty.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Jordan Evans replaces Callum O'Dowda.

  11. Post update

    Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Adam McGurk (Portsmouth).

  14. Post update

    George Baldock (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Portsmouth 0, Oxford United 1. Jordan Bowery (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Portsmouth).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Jordan Bowery replaces Alexander MacDonald.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Close (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood

3Oxford Utd27149442231951
4Bristol Rovers28145939281147
8Leyton Orient27101074338540
17Notts County2696113846-833
23Dag & Red2748152949-2020
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