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Rochdale 0-0 Oxford United

Rochdale and Oxford fought out a goalless draw at Spotland that did little to boost the League One survival hopes of either side.

A dire first-half finally came to life in the closing stages, with the home side creating a great chance in the 41st-minute when Ian Henderson squared to the incoming Ollie Rathbone, only for the midfielder's side-foot effort to be palmed away by Simon Eastwood.

Oxford then went even closer when Curtis Nelson met a corner with a firm header which cannoned off the crossbar, with Dale goalkeeper Andy Lonergan beaten.

On the stroke of half time, Nelson produced a stunning tackle to deny Brad Inman as he looked to have got in behind the visitors' defence, taking the ball as the striker prepared to shoot.

After the interval, Jordan Williams had a snap shot saved by Eastwood, while at the other end a rare Oxford break ended with Gavin Whyte firing into the sidenetting.

Late on, Henderson raced through on goal but was put off his stride by Nelson as he shaped to shoot, with the defender able to nick the ball off toes of Dale's leading scorer.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Rochdale

  • 24Lonergan
  • 2McLaughlinSubstituted forKeohaneat 22'minutes
  • 4McNultyBooked at 32mins
  • 3Ntlhe
  • 39Bunney
  • 27Hamilton
  • 10Camps
  • 14Rathbone
  • 19InmanSubstituted forDoneat 89'minutes
  • 40Henderson
  • 11WilliamsSubstituted forWilbrahamat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Delaney
  • 9Andrew
  • 13Keohane
  • 16Done
  • 18Wilbraham
  • 25Adshead
  • 31Wade

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 23Long
  • 5Nelson
  • 4DickieBooked at 46mins
  • 14Ruffels
  • 8Brannagan
  • 40Kashi
  • 17Henry
  • 16Whyte
  • 19MackieSubstituted forSinclairat 77'minutes
  • 10BrowneSubstituted forGrahamat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 6Hanson
  • 9Sinclair
  • 15Mousinho
  • 18Graham
  • 24Sykes
  • 27Stevens
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
2,331

Match Stats

Home TeamRochdaleAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Rochdale 0, Oxford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rochdale 0, Oxford United 0.

Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Henry (Oxford United).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Sam Long.

Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Matt Done replaces Bradden Inman.

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Oliver Rathbone.

(Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jerome Sinclair (Oxford United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Andy Lonergan.

Attempt saved. James Henry (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale).

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

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Attempt missed. Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Robert Dickie.

Attempt blocked. Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jerome Sinclair (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jerome Sinclair replaces Jamie Mackie.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Aaron Wilbraham replaces Jordan Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jordan Graham replaces Marcus Browne.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

Attempt missed. Gavin Whyte (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Sam Long.

Attempt saved. Jordan Williams (Rochdale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Jimmy Keohane (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United).

Foul by Oliver Rathbone (Rochdale).

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

Foul by Jordan Williams (Rochdale).

Marcus Browne (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Ethan Hamilton (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Bunney (Rochdale) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton372310470294179
2Barnsley372111564283674
3Sunderland361816262332970
4Portsmouth371911764412368
5Charlton37199955371866
6Doncaster3615111061461556
7Peterborough371510125752555
8Blackpool371314103937253
9Coventry37158144141053
10Fleetwood371310144741649
11Burton371211144544147
12Plymouth37129164757-1045
13Wycombe371111154656-1044
14Accrington361111143849-1144
15Scunthorpe37128174662-1644
16Bristol Rovers361110153737043
17Gillingham37127184759-1243
18Southend37126194754-742
19Walsall37119174158-1742
20Shrewsbury37913154049-940
21Oxford Utd37913154354-1140
22Rochdale37108194475-3138
23Bradford37106214262-2036
24Wimbledon37106213153-2236
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