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Oxford closed to within six points of a Sky Bet League One play-off place with victory at Peterborough - and all but ended the hosts' top-six hopes in the process.

Michael Appleton's men hit the front on 23 minutes at the ABAX Stadium when Phil Edwards headed in a Rob Hall corner.

And they doubled their advantage when Conor McAleny tucked away a slick Chris Maguire pass with 19 minutes to go.

The goalscorer was fortunate to still be on the pitch after escaping with a yellow card from referee Mark Heywood when throwing Jack Baldwin to the floor in first-half stoppage time.

It was a success which featured a series of fine saves from Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, whose best contribution was keeping out an early Leo Da Silva Lopes effort.

Eastwood also denied Chris Forrester and Craig Mackail-Smith early in the second period as Posh chased a leveller.

Even when he was beaten, Andrew Hughes headed against the crossbar before Posh saw Da Silva Lopes dismissed late on for collecting a second caution.

They did net in stoppage time as Mackail-Smith hit his 100th goal for the club, but it was not enough.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Peterborough

  • 1McGee
  • 2SmithSubstituted forAndersonat 28'minutes
  • 6BaldwinSubstituted forInmanat 68'minutes
  • 5Tafazolli
  • 3Hughes
  • 4Bostwick
  • 8Forrester
  • 18Da Silva LopesBooked at 85mins
  • 10TaylorBooked at 65mins
  • 21NicholsSubstituted forMoriasat 68'minutes
  • 13Mackail-Smith

Substitutes

  • 14Tyler
  • 16Inman
  • 25Anderson
  • 29Binnom-Williams
  • 36Samuelsen
  • 37Morias
  • 42Grant

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 33Dunkley
  • 5Nelson
  • 28Johnson
  • 10Maguire
  • 4Lundstram
  • 23LedsonBooked at 87mins
  • 19HallSubstituted forSercombeat 80'minutes
  • 11McAlenyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRothwellat 78'minutes
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forMartínezat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 3Skarz
  • 7Martínez
  • 8Sercombe
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Rothwell
  • 34Stevens
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
5,469

Match Stats

Home TeamPeterboroughAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Oxford United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Oxford United 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Paul Taylor (Peterborough United).

  4. Post update

    Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Peterborough United 1, Oxford United 2. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bradden Inman.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Marvin Johnson.

  8. Booking

    Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Ledson (Oxford United).

  10. Post update

    Chris Forrester (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Peterborough United) for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes (Peterborough United).

  14. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Antonio Martínez replaces Kane Hemmings.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Liam Sercombe replaces Robert Hall.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andrew Hughes (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Joe Rothwell replaces Conor McAleny.

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