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Oxford United 2-2 Barnsley

Barnsley gave their promotion hopes a boost by battling back from 2-0 down to earn a spirited 2-2 draw at Oxford.

It extended their unbeaten league run to eight games, but they were given a shock by struggling Oxford.

Josh Ruffels headed the U's into a 25th-minute lead at a corner, and Jamie Mackie forced goalkeeper Adam Davies into an error before knocking in a second goal early in the second half.

Mamadou Thiam pulled one back for the Tykes with 20 minutes to go.

And substitute Kieffer Moore then slickly turned in Jacob Brown's pass in the 79th minute with his 17th goal of the season.

Karl Robinson's team were unlucky not to win, though, because they struck the crossbar three times.

Gavin Whyte's effort when he lobbed the keeper from 30 yards was especially unlucky as the ball bounced down onto the goal-line.

Ruffels opened the scoring when he nodded in from three yards after Rob Dickie won a header at the back post following a corner.

Striker Mackie slotted home in the 48th minute after challenging Davies from Jamie Hanson's long ball forward, but Thiam and Moore ensured that Barnsley returned to South Yorkshire with a valuable point.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 6Hanson
  • 4DickieBooked at 90mins
  • 5NelsonBooked at 36mins
  • 14Ruffels
  • 8Brannagan
  • 15Mousinho
  • 16Whyte
  • 17HenrySubstituted forKashiat 85'minutes
  • 18GrahamSubstituted forGarbuttat 81'minutes
  • 19Mackie

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 11Carruthers
  • 23Long
  • 24Sykes
  • 27Stevens
  • 40Kashi
  • 42James

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 12Cavaré
  • 5Pinnock
  • 6LindsayBooked at 66mins
  • 28WilliamsBooked at 73mins
  • 33Brown
  • 8McGeehan
  • 4DougallBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes
  • 27MowattBooked at 87mins
  • 26ThiamBooked at 37minsSubstituted forBähreat 71'minutes
  • 9WoodrowSubstituted forGreenat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Green
  • 18Jackson
  • 19Moore
  • 21Bähre
  • 23Pinillos
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 35Greatorex
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
5,794

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 2, Barnsley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 2, Barnsley 2.

Robert Dickie (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley).

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Jordan Green (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Booking

Robert Dickie (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Oxford United).

Jacob Brown (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Jacob Brown (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Gavin Whyte (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mike-Steven Bähre (Barnsley).

Booking

Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Ahmed Kashi replaces James Henry.

Attempt blocked. Ben Williams (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Luke Garbutt replaces Jordan Graham.

Foul by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley).

Jordan Graham (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 2, Barnsley 2. Kieffer Moore (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacob Brown with a cross.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Robert Dickie.

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Dimitri Kevin Cavaré.

Booking

Ben Williams (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gavin Whyte (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Williams (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Mike-Steven Bähre replaces Mamadou Thiam.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 2, Barnsley 1. Mamadou Thiam (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Brown with a cross.

Booking

Liam Lindsay (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gavin Whyte (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Barnsley).

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Oxford United).

Ben Williams (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Jordan Green replaces Cauley Woodrow.

James Henry (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Adam Davies.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton30188458273162
2Portsmouth29176649301957
3Barnsley29168551262556
4Charlton30166847311654
5Sunderland271411248262253
6Peterborough30131074940949
7Doncaster28137851371446
8Blackpool29111083127443
9Wycombe30119104142-142
10Fleetwood30109114134739
11Coventry30116133136-539
12Southend29122153835338
13Burton29107123939037
14Scunthorpe30107133854-1637
15Accrington2899102736-936
16Walsall2998123345-1235
17Plymouth3096153852-1433
18Gillingham2995153948-932
19Shrewsbury29710123239-731
20Oxford Utd29710123746-931
21Bradford3094173651-1531
22Rochdale3087153661-2531
23Bristol Rovers2978142732-529
24Wimbledon2965182245-2323
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