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Bristol Rovers 3-1 Oxford United

Tom Nichols scored a minute after being introduced as a substitute to clinch Bristol Rovers a comeback victory over Oxford.

Oxford took a 27th-minute lead when midfielder Ben Woodburn latched onto the ball 25 yards out in a central position and sent a low right-footed shot past Anssi Jaakkola into the bottom corner.

But Ed Upson more than matched that excellent effort to draw Rovers level 10 minutes later, driving a right-footed volley from a similar position at the other end beyond the reach of diving goalkeeper Simon Eastwood.

Rovers went ahead just before the interval, Josh Hare crossing from the right for in-form striker Jonson Clarke-Harris to rise above his marker and head firmly past Eastwood.

And striker Nichols made sure of the points with his first goal since January, firing in from an angle in the 77th minute after Ollie Clarke's run and pass had created the opening.

To compound Oxford's misery, they lost Matty Taylor, the former Rovers striker who is on loan from Bristol City, with a leg injury after 32 minutes.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 22Hare
  • 16DaviesBooked at 56mins
  • 5Craig
  • 15Kilgour
  • 11Leahy
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 11minsSubstituted forRodmanat 84'minutes
  • 6UpsonBooked at 22mins
  • 4Ogogo
  • 9Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forAdeboyejoat 74'minutes
  • 17SmithSubstituted forNicholsat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 2Little
  • 10Nichols
  • 23Bennett
  • 24Menayese
  • 29Adeboyejo
  • 33Rodman

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 2Cadden
  • 4Dickie
  • 5Moore
  • 3Ruffels
  • 20HansonBooked at 40mins
  • 8BrannaganSubstituted forHallat 87'minutes
  • 17Henry
  • 10WoodburnSubstituted forFordeat 78'minutes
  • 11Fosu-HenryBooked at 45mins
  • 9TaylorBooked at 15minsSubstituted forMackieat 33'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gorrin
  • 7Hall
  • 12Long
  • 13Stevens
  • 14Forde
  • 15Mousinho
  • 19Mackie
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
7,871

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Oxford United 1.

Attempt blocked. Robert Hall (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Forde.

Attempt saved. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Anssi Jaakkola.

Attempt saved. Robert Hall (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Robert Hall replaces Cameron Brannagan.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Tom Davies (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. James Henry (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Rodman replaces Ollie Clarke.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Oxford United).

Tom Davies (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Victor Adeboyejo tries a through ball, but Tom Nichols is caught offside.

Foul by Jamie Hanson (Oxford United).

Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Cadden (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Victor Adeboyejo (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United).

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Anthony Forde replaces Ben Woodburn.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Oxford United 1. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ollie Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Tyler Smith.

Attempt saved. Robert Dickie (Oxford United) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan.

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Victor Adeboyejo replaces Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Hare (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Oxford United).

Tom Davies (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Josh Hare.

Foul by Chris Cadden (Oxford United).

Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Oxford United).

Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich5320114711
2Blackpool532094511
3Wycombe5320106411
4Sunderland532095411
5Coventry532073411
6Fleetwood5311106410
7Lincoln City530210469
8Doncaster42207528
9Shrewsbury52214318
10Peterborough52129637
11Burton52126517
12Bristol Rovers52125507
13Rochdale51315506
14Rotherham32013306
15MK Dons420258-36
16Portsmouth41126604
17Oxford Utd5113610-44
18Tranmere41037703
19Gillingham402246-22
20Wimbledon5014510-51
21Accrington401338-51
22Southend5005414-100
23Bolton4013012-12-11
24Bury0000000-12
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