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Oxford United 2-1 Scunthorpe United

On-loan Watford forward Jerome Sinclair scored his first goals for Oxford to see off Scunthorpe and earn a vital three points in their bid to beat the drop from League One.

Substitute George Thomas pulled one back for the visitors in stoppage time but could not prevent the U's notching back-to-back league wins for the first time this season.

Scunthorpe were quickly out of the blocks with Funso Ojo having a low shot saved in the first minute.

But that was as good as it got in a drab first half, with the home side's best opportunity squandered by a heavy touch from Mark Sykes when Sinclair played him through.

After the break Scunthorpe's Olufela Olomola sent an 18-yard drive fizzing past the far post.

But Oxford had more attacking zip when Gavin Whyte came off the bench and Sinclair took full advantage, first heading in a left-wing cross from Sykes in the 65th minute.

He escaped his marker again to head home John Mousinho's classy cross in the 80th minute, before Thomas turned in Tom Pearce's centre late on.

Oxford climb a place to 19th in the table but remain two points above the bottom four after Bristol Rovers won.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Eastwood
  • 23Long
  • 4Dickie
  • 5Nelson
  • 3GarbuttSubstituted forWhyteat 59'minutes
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15Mousinho
  • 24Sykes
  • 17Henry
  • 18GrahamSubstituted forBrowneat 85'minutes
  • 9SinclairSubstituted forMackieat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hanson
  • 10Browne
  • 11Carruthers
  • 16Whyte
  • 19Mackie
  • 27Stevens
  • 38Smith

Scunthorpe

Formation 3-4-3

  • 25Alnwick
  • 21BurgessBooked at 55mins
  • 26McGahey
  • 23McArdle
  • 22SuttonBooked at 53minsSubstituted forLewisat 67'minutes
  • 6Ojo
  • 14Perch
  • 16Pearce
  • 24OlomolaSubstituted forThomasat 73'minutes
  • 17NovakSubstituted forvan Veenat 73'minutes
  • 29Wootton

Substitutes

  • 10van Veen
  • 15Lewis
  • 18Thomas
  • 19Ben El-Mhanni
  • 27Flatt
  • 33Butroid
  • 47Hammill
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
6,237

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home4
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 2, Scunthorpe United 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Wootton (Scunthorpe United).

  7. Post update

    Mark Sykes (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Oxford United 2, Scunthorpe United 1. George Thomas (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Jamie Mackie replaces Jerome Sinclair.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Browne (Oxford United).

  11. Post update

    Harrison McGahey (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Robert Dickie (Oxford United) because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    James Perch (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by John Mousinho (Oxford United).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Marcus Browne replaces Jordan Graham.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Kevin van Veen (Scunthorpe United).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Oxford United 2, Scunthorpe United 0. Jerome Sinclair (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Mousinho with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Rory McArdle.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton35229469294075
2Barnsley352010562283470
3Sunderland341814261322968
4Portsmouth351811660372365
5Charlton35179951351660
6Doncaster341510960431755
7Peterborough351510105648855
8Coventry35148133838050
9Fleetwood351310124637949
10Blackpool341212103433148
11Burton351111134241144
12Wycombe351110144452-843
13Southend35125184448-441
14Accrington331011123444-1041
15Plymouth35118164556-1141
16Scunthorpe35118164260-1841
17Shrewsbury35913133845-740
18Gillingham35117174658-1240
19Oxford Utd35912144353-1039
20Walsall35109163755-1839
21Bristol Rovers34910153537-237
22Rochdale3597194274-3234
23Bradford3596203960-2133
24Wimbledon3586212853-2530
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