Oxford United dropped out of the League Two play-off zone as Peter Murphy's equaliser earned Accrington a point.

Dean Winnard's header hit the inside of the post for Stanley, only for Wes Fletcher to be judged offside when he tapped in the rebound from close range.

But Paul McLaren put the U's ahead on 35 minutes when his deflected 25-yard free-kick wrong-footed Sean Murdoch.

Oxford keeper Ryan Clarke made saves from Fletcher and Kevin Long but was beaten by Murphy's 20-yard leveller.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Oxford:

"Ten games into the season, four points off the top, two off the play-offs, it's a steady enough start for us.

"We can be better, we know we can be better. It's a bit of a turnaround this year that we are winning away and drawing at home.

"Overall I think a draw is a fair result in the game considering the amount of chances they had and the amount of play we had."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 02 Batt
  • 05 Duberry
  • 16 Whing Booked
  • 04 McLaren (Payne - 53' )
  • 08 Heslop (Haworth - 53' Booked )
  • 20 Leven
  • 26 Davis
  • 09 Constable
  • 15 Potter
  • 30 Hall (Smalley - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 27 Kinniburgh
  • 14 Hall
  • 18 Payne
  • 31 Haworth
  • 10 Smalley

Accrington Stanley

  • 01 Murdoch
  • 03 Winnard Booked (Coid - 59' )
  • 04 Hessey Booked
  • 12 Murphy
  • 17 Long
  • 06 Procter
  • 10 Craney
  • 11 Joyce Booked
  • 14 McIntyre Booked
  • 21 Fletcher (Barnett - 84' )
  • 23 Amond (Lindfield - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Dunbavin
  • 02 Coid
  • 08 Barnett
  • 07 Lindfield
  • 09 Guthrie
Ref: Wright
Att: 6,472

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

5 5

Corners

7 3

Fouls

15 18

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

89:30

Liam Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Coid. Sean Murdoch restarts play with the free kick.

89:20

Centre by Damian Batt, clearance by Kevin Long.

88:36

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven, Michael Duberry takes a shot.

87:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Leven by Charlie Barnett. The ball is delivered by Peter Leven, James Constable produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

85:20

Unfair challenge on Michael Duberry by Ian Craney results in a free kick. Andrew Whing takes the free kick.

84:55

Josh Payne takes a shot. Sean Murdoch makes a save.

84:30

Josh Payne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin McIntyre. Sean Murdoch takes the direct free kick.

83:34 Substitution

Substitution Craig Lindfield replaces Padraig Amond.

83:34 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Barnett replaces Wes Fletcher.

82:44

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven, Kevin Long makes a clearance.

82:17

Ian Craney takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

81:21

The ball is crossed by Andy Haworth, Kevin Long manages to make a clearance.

78:34

Free kick crossed by Sean Hessey, Deane Smalley manages to make a clearance.

78:34 Booking

Booking The referee shows Andrew Whing a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

78:23

Andrew Procter fouled by Andrew Whing, the ref awards a free kick.

76:09

Damian Batt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Padraig Amond. Free kick crossed left-footed by Kevin McIntyre, clearance by Michael Duberry.

74:29

Effort on goal by Luke Joyce from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

73:23

Josh Payne delivers the ball.

72:55

Padraig Amond concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Haworth. Damian Batt takes the free kick.

71:35

Peter Murphy fouled by James Constable, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Hessey restarts play with the free kick.

70:16

Kevin Long fouled by Deane Smalley, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Murdoch takes the free kick.

69:42

Peter Leven takes a outswinging corner.

68:48

Peter Murphy challenges Alfie Potter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh Payne.

67:43

Foul by Ian Craney on Michael Duberry, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Duberry.

66:29

The offside flag is raised against Ian Craney. Michael Duberry takes the direct free kick.

65:05

Padraig Amond is caught offside. Andrew Whing takes the free kick.

64:20

Alfie Potter takes a shot. Sean Murdoch makes a save.

63:13 Substitution

Substitution Deane Smalley replaces Robert Hall.

61:29

Assist by Padraig Amond.

61:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Murphy - Oxford 1 - 1 Accrington Peter Murphy finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 1-1 Accrington Stanley.

59:56

Ian Craney takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Peter Leven.

59:43

The ball is sent over by Luke Joyce, Kevin Long takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Clarke.

59:04

Josh Payne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Padraig Amond. Sean Hessey restarts play with the free kick.

58:29 Substitution

Substitution Danny Coid replaces Dean Winnard.

57:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Murphy on Andy Haworth. The ball is delivered by Peter Leven, James Constable takes a shot. Sean Murdoch makes a save.

56:27

Effort from inside the area by Padraig Amond misses to the left of the goal.

55:42

Free kick crossed right-footed by Sean Hessey from left channel, James Constable manages to make a clearance.

55:42 Booking

Booking Andy Haworth receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

55:34

Andy Haworth challenges Kevin McIntyre unfairly and gives away a free kick.

54:32

Peter Murphy fouled by Josh Payne, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Hessey takes the free kick.

52:42 Substitution

Substitution (Oxford Utd) makes a substitution, with Andy Haworth coming on for Simon Heslop.

52:42 Substitution

Substitution (Oxford Utd) makes a substitution, with Josh Payne coming on for Paul McLaren.

51:44

James Constable concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Hessey. Free kick taken by Kevin Long.

49:57

Foul by Michael Duberry on Wes Fletcher, free kick awarded. Sean Hessey takes the free kick.

49:08

The ball is crossed by Luke Joyce, save by Ryan Clarke.

45:40

The official flags Padraig Amond offside. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:40

Ian Craney takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Alfie Potter.

45:00 +0:10

Dean Winnard fouled by Andrew Whing, the ref awards a free kick. Sean Murdoch takes the direct free kick.

43:57

Peter Leven takes the outswinging corner, Sean Murdoch makes a save.

43:03

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the left by-line, clearance by Luke Joyce.

36:37

Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul McLaren from left wing.

36:37 Booking

Booking Dean Winnard receives a yellow card.

36:13

Dean Winnard challenges James Constable unfairly and gives away a free kick.

34:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul McLaren - Oxford 1 - 0 Accrington Paul McLaren scores a goal direct from the free kick from a long way out low into the middle of the goal. Oxford Utd 1-0 Accrington Stanley.

34:04 Booking

Booking Sean Hessey goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

33:35

Sean Hessey challenges Robert Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:23

Centre by Simon Heslop, blocked by Kevin McIntyre.

31:47

Damian Batt crosses the ball, Sean Hessey makes a clearance.

30:25

Direct free kick taken by Peter Leven.

30:25 Booking

Booking Luke Joyce is cautioned.

30:18

Luke Joyce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Hall.

30:00

Liam Davis sends in a cross, Luke Joyce manages to make a clearance.

28:57

Dean Winnard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Hall. Direct free kick taken by Peter Leven.

28:25

The ball is crossed by Kevin McIntyre, clearance by Andrew Whing.

26:35

The ball is delivered by Wes Fletcher, clearance by Liam Davis.

25:52

Luke Joyce gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Constable. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

24:44

Unfair challenge on Wes Fletcher by Andrew Whing results in a free kick. Sean Hessey takes the free kick.

23:46

Dean Winnard concedes a free kick for a foul on James Constable. Free kick taken by Liam Davis.

23:08

Andrew Procter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damian Batt. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.

22:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Whing on Wes Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Sean Hessey.

21:14

Paul McLaren fouled by Ian Craney, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Leven.

19:24

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line, Simon Heslop produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

18:50

Corner taken right-footed by Paul McLaren from the left by-line, save by Sean Murdoch.

16:13

Ian Craney produces a cross, Peter Murphy takes a shot. Ryan Clarke makes a save.

15:52

Wes Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

11:53

The offside flag is raised against Ian Craney. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

11:03

The referee blows for offside. Ryan Clarke takes the direct free kick.

8:16

Peter Leven has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Sean Murdoch.

8:16 Booking

Booking Kevin McIntyre goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

8:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin McIntyre on Simon Heslop.

6:23

The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Murphy. Ryan Clarke takes the direct free kick.

5:34

Andrew Whing gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Fletcher. The ball is sent over by Sean Hessey, Header from inside the area by Dean Winnard strikes the post.

4:49

Foul by Dean Winnard on Robert Hall, free kick awarded. Liam Davis takes the free kick.

3:01

Foul by Padraig Amond on Liam Davis, free kick awarded. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.

1:56

Ian Craney has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.

0:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Winnard on Robert Hall. Paul McLaren takes the free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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