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Coventry City 0-1 Oxford United

Oxford eased their League One relegation fears with victory at Coventry.

Curtis Nelson's 57th-minute header ensured the U's recorded back-to-back league wins for just the second time this season and it lifted them four points above the relegation zone.

The hosts made a bright start and it required excellent goalkeeping from Simon Eastwood to prevent Luke Thomas from giving Coventry an early lead as he shot from close range.

Amadou Bakayoko looked to have broken the deadlock after 23 minutes when he leapt highest to meet Brandon Mason's inviting cross, but the striker's effort rattled the woodwork before being cleared.

Eastwood denied Thomas again, this time at the start of the second half, after the on-loan Derby winger got the better of Josh Ruffels before firing an effort that was blocked by the U's number one.

The breakthrough came after a defensive mix-up between Dom Hyam and Lee Burge resulted in a cheap Oxford corner, and the set-piece found Nelson at the back post and he rifled in a bullet header.

The goal knocked Coventry off their stride and the Sky Blues were unable to muster a response, meaning Mark Robins' side fall to ninth, two points adrift of the play-off positions.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 17Sterling
  • 4Willis
  • 15Hyam
  • 3Mason
  • 20BaylissSubstituted forPonticelliat 79'minutes
  • 6Kelly
  • 23ThomasSubstituted forShipleyat 72'minutes
  • 24Enobakhare
  • 11Hiwula-MayifuilaBooked at 41mins
  • 21Bakayoko

Substitutes

  • 2Grimmer
  • 5Davies
  • 8Meyler
  • 12Brown
  • 19Ponticelli
  • 26Shipley
  • 33Addai

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 23Long
  • 4Dickie
  • 5Nelson
  • 14Ruffels
  • 40Kashi
  • 8Brannagan
  • 18GrahamBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMousinhoat 82'minutes
  • 10BrowneBooked at 45minsSubstituted forHenryat 66'minutes
  • 3GarbuttBooked at 75mins
  • 19MackieSubstituted forSinclairat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Sinclair
  • 15Mousinho
  • 17Henry
  • 24Sykes
  • 27Stevens
  • 43Lopes
  • 46Jones
Referee:
Scott Oldham
Attendance:
14,044

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 0, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Oxford United 1.

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

Jerome Sinclair (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Dominic Hyam.

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Coventry City).

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

Brandon Mason (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. John Mousinho replaces Jordan Graham.

Foul by Jordan Shipley (Coventry City).

Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Ponticelli replaces Tom Bayliss.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jerome Sinclair replaces Jamie Mackie.

Dujon Sterling (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Booking

Luke Garbutt (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

Luke Garbutt (Oxford United) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Coventry City).

Curtis Nelson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Shipley replaces Luke Thomas.

Attempt missed. Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Bright Enobakhare (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ahmed Kashi (Oxford United).

Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. James Henry replaces Marcus Browne.

Attempt blocked. Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jordan Graham.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Josh Ruffels.

Attempt blocked. Bright Enobakhare (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Lee Burge.

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (Oxford United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Luke Garbutt (Oxford United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Coventry City).

Jordan Graham (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 0, Oxford United 1. Curtis Nelson (Oxford United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Robert Dickie (Oxford United) header from very close range is blocked.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Dominic Hyam.

Bright Enobakhare (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton392411476314583
2Barnsley392212565283778
3Portsmouth392111768412774
4Sunderland371916264343073
5Charlton381910955371867
6Peterborough391610136054658
7Doncaster3815121161501157
8Blackpool391414114341256
9Coventry39168154343056
10Burton391411145346753
11Fleetwood381410144941852
12Gillingham39138185363-1047
13Oxford Utd391113154554-946
14Plymouth391210174961-1246
15Bristol Rovers381112153939045
16Wycombe381111164758-1144
17Accrington371111154054-1444
18Scunthorpe39128194767-2044
19Shrewsbury391013164252-1043
20Southend39126214757-1042
21Walsall39119194261-1942
22Rochdale38118194776-2941
23Wimbledon39116223457-2339
24Bradford39106234367-2436
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