Match ends, Accrington Stanley 4, Oxford United 2.
Accrington celebrated their first League One victory since Boxing Day with a 4-2 win over Oxford at the Wham Stadium.
Stanley had gone seven league games without a win but were on their way when Sean McConville's cross found the head of striker Billy Kee after 36 minutes for his 12th goal of the campaign.
The home side looked to double their advantage and, on the stroke of half-time, McConville's header hit the inside of the far post and bounced into the arms of keeper Simon Eastwood.
Relegation-threatened Oxford exerted more pressure after the break but Stanley doubled their advantage after 57 minutes when McConville got the ball to the left of the area and fired low into the far corner.
Oxford got back in it when debutant Mark Sykes played in a cross to substitute Luke Garbutt whose downward header beat Jonny Maxted after 63 minutes.
Jamie Mackie had an effort blocked on the line minutes later but the Reds gave themselves some breathing space when Jordan Clark headed home Paul Smyth's cross with 17 minutes to go.
There was still time for late drama with John Mousinho heading home for Oxford after 89 minutes to make it 3-2 before Middlesbrough loan striker Luke Armstrong made the points safe for Stanley following a goalmouth scramble four minutes into stoppage time.
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- 5Richards-EvertonBooked at 39mins
- 11McConvilleBooked at 70minsSubstituted forGibsonat 84'minutes
- 38SmythSubstituted forArmstrongat 85'minutes
- 8BrannaganBooked at 44mins
- 11CarruthersSubstituted forHenryat 60'minutes
- 19MackieSubstituted forSinclairat 79'minutes
- 10BrowneSubstituted forGarbuttat 60'minutes
- Chris Sarginson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 4, Oxford United 2.
Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).
Jordan Graham (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Goal! Accrington Stanley 4, Oxford United 2. Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Jamie Hanson (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley).
Goal! Accrington Stanley 3, Oxford United 2. John Mousinho (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.
Luke Garbutt (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Mark Hughes.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Luke Armstrong replaces Paul Smyth.
Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Liam Gibson replaces Sean McConville because of an injury.
Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jordan Graham (Oxford United).
Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jamie Hanson (Oxford United).
Attempt missed. Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.
Substitution, Oxford United. Jerome Sinclair replaces Jamie Mackie.
Attempt missed. Jordan Graham (Oxford United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.
Foul by Paul Smyth (Accrington Stanley).