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Oxford Utd1Bristol Rovers2

Oxford United 1-2 Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers hit back with two goals in 12 minutes in the second half to beat Oxford and make it five away league games without defeat.

The Pirates recovered from falling behind very early on with strikes from Kyle Bennett and Ellis Harrison, and they deserved the three points after dominating the second half.

The U's capitalised on a poor clearance by keeper Adam Smith to open the scoring in the second minute.

Isaac Buckley-Ricketts fired the ball forward and Wes Thomas set up Joe Rothwell who hammered a left-footed drive into the top corner.

The visitors almost levelled from a Chris Lines header that Simon Eastwood tipped over, and Harrison headed just wide.

Bennett equalised when he shot home in a crowded box in the 68th minute after Oxford failed to clear Lines' cross from a free kick.

Two minutes later Bennett almost scored again with a curling shot that Eastwood turn around his post.

But in the 80th minute Harrison completed the turnaround, volleying home superbly from Ollie Clarke's cross.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 19Kane
  • 6MartinBooked at 22mins
  • 30Mousinho
  • 29Smith-Brown
  • 18RothwellSubstituted forHenryat 75'minutes
  • 14Ruffels
  • 8Ledson
  • 32Buckley-RickettsSubstituted forNapaat 66'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 9ThomasSubstituted forMehmetiat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Shearer
  • 16Dickie
  • 17Henry
  • 21Ferreira da Silva
  • 28Mehmeti
  • 35Carroll
  • 36Napa

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forPartingtonat 11'minutes
  • 16Broadbent
  • 25Craig
  • 3Brown
  • 14Lines
  • 24Sinclair
  • 8O Clarke
  • 7Sercombe
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forGaffneyat 90+4'minutes
  • 26BennettBooked at 87minsSubstituted forMooreat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Sweeney
  • 11Nichols
  • 19Moore
  • 22Partington
  • 23Mensah
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
8,471

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Ellis Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Byron Moore replaces Kyle Bennett.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).

Ryan Ledson (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Agon Mehmeti (Oxford United).

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Todd Kane (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

Malachi Napa (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. James Henry (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Foul by Agon Mehmeti (Oxford United).

Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Todd Kane (Oxford United).

Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Agon Mehmeti (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 1, Bristol Rovers 2. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ollie Clarke.

Attempt missed. Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Todd Kane.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. James Henry replaces Joe Rothwell because of an injury.

Delay in match Joe Rothwell (Oxford United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Agon Mehmeti replaces Wes Thomas.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by John Mousinho (Oxford United).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Malachi Napa replaces Isaac Buckley-Ricketts.

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) because of an injury.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ashley Smith-Brown.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Wes Thomas (Oxford United).

Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan29196456164063
2Shrewsbury30187540231761
3Blackburn31179556312560
4Scunthorpe32159846341254
5Rotherham311651052371553
6Bradford32154134749-249
7Charlton3013894037347
8Portsmouth31144133836246
9Peterborough30128104739844
10Plymouth32128123740-344
11Bristol Rovers31133154548-342
12Oxford Utd31118124847141
13Gillingham311011103535041
14Southend31117133950-1140
15Doncaster32912113738-139
16Walsall30910113843-537
17Fleetwood30106144248-636
18Northampton32106163152-2136
19Blackpool31811123743-635
20Wimbledon3197153038-834
21Oldham3289154558-1333
22MK Dons3079143043-1330
23Rochdale27510122737-1025
24Bury3167182647-2125
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