Oxford United 2-0 Shrewsbury Town

Oxford Utd   2 - 0   Shrewsbury

Oxford United 2-0 Shrewsbury Town

Simon Heslop scored a stunning opener as Oxford United picked up their first win of the season with a deserved victory over Shrewsbury Town.

The midfielder hit a spectacular strike on the turn from 35 yards out.

The U's had the better chances and Liam Davis and James Constable both forced saves from keeper Ben Smith, while United's Ryan Clarke denied Nicky Wroe.

United sealed it when James Constable squared the ball to Lewis Guy, who fired into the roof of the net.

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Oxford United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Oxford:

"We've beaten a good side, they'll be up there in the top three.

"We defended well and I was happy with the last 15 minutes because I thought we were comfortable late on in the game and kept the ball and made really good decisions.

"And if you make good decisions, we've got good players, and we'll get the correct result and we got that tonight."

Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It was a very poor performance. The first goal against us was a good one, but the second was a disaster - it absolutely slaughtered us.

"We didn't match the opposition for large periods of the game, for their pace or the demands they put on us.

"No excuses. That's six goals in four matches we've conceded - and there lies the root of our problem.

"We cannot go on conceding like we are. You've got to be capable of keeping clean sheets, and right at the moment we don't look that way."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Oxford Utd

  • 01 Clarke
  • 05 Duberry
  • 06 Wright
  • 16 Whing
  • 04 McLaren (Batt - 72' )
  • 08 Heslop (Potter - 79' )
  • 14 Hall
  • 26 Davis
  • 09 Constable
  • 10 Smalley (Leven - 62' )
  • 27 Guy

Substitutes

  • 02 Batt
  • 22 Worley
  • 20 Leven
  • 11 Pittman
  • 15 Potter

Shrewsbury

  • 25 Smith
  • 05 Sharps
  • 06 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 12 Hazell Booked
  • 15 Regan (Grandison - 72' )
  • 07 Wright (Taylor - 67' )
  • 08 Wroe
  • 14 Richards Booked
  • 16 Ainsworth
  • 09 Collins (Gornell - 67' )
  • 10 Morgan

Substitutes

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Grandison
  • 04 McAllister
  • 23 Taylor
  • 24 Gornell
Ref: East
Att: 6,102

Match Stats

Shots

9 6

On target

6 3

Corners

3 6

Fouls

5 13

Live Text Commentary

94:12 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:12

Lionel Ainsworth takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

90:00 +2:24

Long range effort from Damian Batt misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +0:38

Marvin Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Leven. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

89:05

James Constable challenges Jermaine Grandison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Benjamin Smith takes the indirect free kick.

88:34

Peter Leven takes a short corner.

88:29

The ball is sent over by Asa Hall, clearance by Jermaine Grandison.

87:14

Nicky Wroe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Guy. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.

85:07

Reuben Hazell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Guy. Peter Leven takes the indirect free kick.

78:45 Substitution

Substitution Simon Heslop goes off and Alfie Potter comes on.

78:45

The offside flag is raised against Terry Gornell. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

78:03

Peter Leven fouled by Terry Gornell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

76:09

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lionel Ainsworth from the left by-line to the near post, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.

76:01

Lionel Ainsworth delivers the ball, clearance by Andrew Whing.

74:59

Shot from just outside the box by Peter Leven goes over the bar.

74:16

Centre by Simon Heslop, Marvin Morgan makes a clearance.

72:52

Corner from right by-line taken by Peter Leven.

71:14 Substitution

Substitution Paul McLaren goes off and Damian Batt comes on.

71:14 Substitution

Substitution Carl Regan leaves the field to be replaced by Jermaine Grandison.

71:14 Booking

Booking Booking for Reuben Hazell for unsporting behaviour.

71:07

Reuben Hazell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Guy. Peter Leven restarts play with the free kick.

70:28

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven, Ian Sharps makes a clearance.

69:42

Peter Leven has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Benjamin Smith.

69:42 Booking

Booking Matthew Richards goes into the referee's book.

69:24

Matthew Richards challenges Michael Duberry unfairly and gives away a free kick.

68:41

The offside flag is raised against Terry Gornell. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

66:33 Substitution

Substitution Jon Taylor comes on in place of Mark Wright.

66:33 Substitution

Substitution (Shrewsbury) makes a substitution, with Terry Gornell coming on for James Collins.

66:33

Marvin Morgan is caught offside. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

64:43

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Collins. Michael Duberry takes the indirect free kick.

63:17

Lewis Guy is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Benjamin Smith.

61:32 Substitution

Substitution Peter Leven on for Deane Smalley.

59:39

James Constable fouled by Matthew Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Wright.

54:14

Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Richards to the near post, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

51:38

Deane Smalley provided the assist for the goal.

51:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Guy - Oxford 2 - 0 Shrewsbury Lewis Guy finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 2-0 Shrewsbury.

50:34

Mark Wright takes the inswinging corner, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.

49:32

Shot from long range by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff misses to the right of the target.

46:27

The ball is swung over by Lewis Guy, Deane Smalley has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

46:07

The ball is crossed by Ian Sharps, Liam Davis manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:09 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:41

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lionel Ainsworth played to the near post, clearance by Andrew Whing.

45:00 +0:26

Nicky Wroe takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Clarke.

44:53

Liam Davis takes a shot. Save made by Benjamin Smith.

42:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Davis on Lionel Ainsworth. Free kick crossed by Matthew Richards, Andrew Whing manages to make a clearance.

42:28

The ball is delivered by Mark Wright, clearance made by Jake Wright.

38:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Wright on Deane Smalley. Michael Duberry restarts play with the free kick.

37:14

Deane Smalley concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Sharps. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Sharps.

34:41

Andrew Whing produces a cross.

33:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Deane Smalley by Reuben Hazell. Liam Davis takes the direct free kick.

32:57

The ball is delivered by Carl Regan.

32:16

Jake Wright produces a cross, Benjamin Smith makes a save.

30:20

Jake Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Morgan. Strike comes in from Mark Wright from the free kick, clearance made by Paul McLaren.

29:50

James Constable takes a shot. Save by Benjamin Smith.

28:51

Corner taken right-footed by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line, save by Ryan Clarke.

28:39

Lionel Ainsworth produces a cross, clearance by Asa Hall.

26:20

Centre by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff, free kick awarded for a foul by Marvin Morgan on Jake Wright. Ryan Clarke takes the direct free kick.

25:40

Unfair challenge on Reuben Hazell by James Constable results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Benjamin Smith.

24:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Heslop by Mark Wright. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

21:03

Liam Davis takes a shot. Benjamin Smith makes a save.

20:25

Reuben Hazell challenges James Constable unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Wright.

18:37

Unfair challenge on Lewis Guy by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff results in a free kick. Liam Davis restarts play with the free kick.

17:21

Marvin Morgan takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

17:05

The ball is crossed by Lionel Ainsworth.

16:46

The ball is crossed by Marvin Morgan.

15:52

The referee blows for offside. Benjamin Smith takes the indirect free kick.

15:40

Marvin Morgan delivers the ball.

12:25

The offside flag is raised against Marvin Morgan. Ryan Clarke takes the indirect free kick.

9:04

Marvin Morgan is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

7:40

Asa Hall provided the assist for the goal.

7:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Simon Heslop - Oxford 1 - 0 Shrewsbury Simon Heslop finds the net with a goal from 35 yards to to the top right corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 1-0 Shrewsbury.

2:59

Corner taken right-footed by Lionel Ainsworth from the right by-line, Liam Davis manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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