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Oxford United 3-0 Accrington Stanley

Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson has been in charge at Oxford United since March 2018

Oxford United put doubts over the future of head coach Karl Robinson behind them as they eased past Accrington 3-0 to move within a point of the League One play-off places.

The U's have turned down an approach from third-tier rivals Blackpool to speak to Robinson about their vacant manager's job.

Stanley had won on their previous two visits to the Kassam Stadium but United sent them packing this time with a confident display, closing the gap on the League One play-off pack.

James Henry gave the hosts the lead, shooting into the bottom corner from Marcus Browne's left-wing cross in the 13th minute - his 13th goal of the season.

Matty Taylor turned the ball in at the far post five minutes into the second half when Cameron Brannagan picked him out with a chipped centre from the left.

And in-form Taylor bagged his 15th of the campaign, and his sixth goal in the last five games, by heading in Henry's perfect cross on 72 minutes.

Oxford were dominant but Accrington had their chances - Simon Eastwood saved from Jordan Clark's header after half an hour, with Joey Pritchard's follow-up drive then blocked on the line by George Thorne.

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Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 12Long
  • 4Dickie
  • 5Moore
  • 3Ruffels
  • 6Gorrin
  • 22ThorneSubstituted forSykesat 63'minutes
  • 8Brannagan
  • 17HenrySubstituted forMackieat 89'minutes
  • 9Taylor
  • 30BrowneSubstituted forAgyeiat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Stevens I
  • 18Sykes
  • 19Mackie
  • 20Hanson
  • 23Agyei
  • 26Atkinson
  • 27Holland

Accrington

  • 30Bursik
  • 2JohnsonBooked at 77mins
  • 5Sykes
  • 34AleseSubstituted forRodgersat 87'minutes
  • 36Opoku
  • 7Clark
  • 28Conneely
  • 8FinleyBooked at 71mins
  • 10Pritchard
  • 32CharlesSubstituted forAshley-Sealat 67'minutes
  • 19BishopSubstituted forZanzalaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Zanzala
  • 12Maguire
  • 16Barclay
  • 18Rodgers
  • 38Ashley-Seal
  • 40Savin
  • 42Diallo
Referee:
David Rock
Attendance:
5,622

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 3, Accrington Stanley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 3, Accrington Stanley 0.

Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United).

Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mark Sykes (Oxford United) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Ruffels.

Attempt blocked. Mark Sykes (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Ruffels.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Oxford United).

Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jamie Mackie replaces James Henry.

Foul by Sam Long (Oxford United).

Benny Ashley-Seal (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Harvey Rodgers replaces Ajibola Alese.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Oxford United).

Ajibola Alese (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Oxford United. Cameron Brannagan tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Hand ball by James Henry (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Benny Ashley-Seal.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Agyei (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Mark Sykes (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Henry.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Daniel Agyei replaces Marcus Browne.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Offrande Zanzala replaces Colby Bishop.

Attempt missed. Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Johnson following a set piece situation.

Foul by Marcus Browne (Oxford United).

Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marcus Browne (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt saved. Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Sykes.

Foul by Marcus Browne (Oxford United).

Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 3, Accrington Stanley 0. Matty Taylor (Oxford United) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Henry with a cross.

Booking

Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley).

Matty Taylor (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt saved. Ajibola Alese (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Callum Johnson with a cross.

Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United).

Benny Ashley-Seal (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Benny Ashley-Seal replaces Dion Charles.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham33187859342561
2Coventry321613346301661
3Wycombe3317884437759
4Sunderland331610746271958
5Portsmouth32168848321656
6Peterborough331671065392655
7Fleetwood321510748361255
8Oxford Utd33159956342254
9Ipswich331410945321352
10Gillingham33121473930950
11Doncaster321391047321548
12Burton321210104544146
13Bristol Rovers32119123545-1042
14Blackpool321011114140141
15Lincoln City34116174144-339
16Accrington33109144651-539
17Shrewsbury32911122839-1138
18MK Dons33106173545-1036
19Rochdale3296173653-1733
20Wimbledon33710163751-1431
21Tranmere3268183258-2626
22Southend3337233582-4716
23Bolton3158182564-3911
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