Peter Leven inspired Oxford to a comfortable victory at Aldershot that moves them up into the play-off places.

The Scot set up the opener with a fine volleyed cross, which Jon-Paul Pittman headed in, and Michael Duberry scrambled home a Leven corner for 2-0.

The midfielder got himself on the scoresheet in first-half stoppage-time when he fired home from an angle after being set up by Pittman.

Shots rarely threatened although James Collins forced a save from Ryan Clarke.

Oxford moved up to seventh with the win, while Aldershot remain 16th, but they are now only six points above the bottom two.

Pittman's close-range opener was his second goal in his two games of 2012 after failing to score in seven matches for Oxford in 2011.

The former Wycombe man was replaced after 76 minutes by fellow summer signing Deane Smalley, who hit the woodwork seconds later.

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Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:

"We came up against a good side with a lot of quality players. We created chances but couldn't put the ball in the net. We got punished in the first half and that's the reality.

"We'll work hard and make sure they don't lose confidence. There's no quick fix. It's about going out there and handling the pressure.

"I'm frustrated but I'm a realist - we can't compete with Oxford in terms of finances and players."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Aldershot

  • 21 Warner
  • 02 Herd
  • 03 Straker
  • 15 Morris
  • 28 Brown
  • 36 Bradley
  • 04 Guttridge
  • 08 J Collins
  • 37 Henry (Smith - 74' )
  • 10 Hylton (Pearson - 86' )
  • 23 Vincenti (McGlashan - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Young
  • 06 Brown
  • 38 Pearson
  • 07 McGlashan
  • 26 Smith

Oxford Utd

  • 01 Clarke
  • 02 Batt
  • 05 Duberry
  • 06 Wright Booked
  • 16 Whing
  • 08 Heslop (Hall - 70' )
  • 20 Leven
  • 26 Davis
  • 09 Constable (Craddock - 88' )
  • 11 Pittman (Smalley - 76' )
  • 15 Potter

Substitutes

  • 22 Worley
  • 04 McLaren
  • 14 Hall
  • 10 Smalley
  • 29 Craddock
Ref: Miller
Att: 3,194

Match Stats

Shots

9 10

On target

5 6

Corners

2 3

Fouls

5 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

87:07 Substitution

Substitution Tom Craddock is brought on as a substitute for James Constable.

86:39

Ben Herd challenges Asa Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

85:30 Substitution

Substitution Danny Hylton goes off and Greg Pearson comes on.

85:11

Jermaine McGlashan takes a shot. Ryan Clarke makes a save.

82:25

Peter Leven gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine McGlashan. Troy Brown restarts play with the free kick.

81:43

Danny Hylton takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Clarke.

76:32

Deane Smalley takes a shot.

75:08 Substitution

Substitution Jon-Paul Pittman goes off and Deane Smalley comes on.

73:44 Substitution

Substitution Charlie Henry leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Smith.

70:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Collins by Alfie Potter. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Henry.

69:16 Substitution

Substitution Simon Heslop leaves the field to be replaced by Asa Hall.

66:50 Substitution

Substitution Jermaine McGlashan is brought on as a substitute for Peter Vincenti.

65:06

Michael Duberry challenges Charlie Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Peter Vincenti.

59:54

Shot from deep inside the area by Damian Batt clears the crossbar.

58:12

The referee blows for offside. Ross Worner takes the indirect free kick.

55:33

The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Vincenti. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

54:01

James Constable fouled by Sonny Bradley, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Leven takes the free kick.

53:03

Corner taken right-footed by Charlie Henry, Headed effort from inside the area by Sonny Bradley misses to the left of the target.

52:21

Unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge by Andrew Whing results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Henry.

51:35

The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Vincenti. Michael Duberry takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +3:31 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +2:26

Jon-Paul Pittman provided the assist for the goal.

45:00 +2:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Leven - Aldershot 0 - 3 Oxford Peter Leven fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Aldershot 0-3 Oxford Utd.

45:00 +0:08

James Constable produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

42:28

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

42:07

James Constable takes a shot. Save made by Ross Worner.

38:33

James Constable gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd. Troy Brown takes the free kick.

37:18

The assist for the goal came from Peter Leven.

37:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Duberry - Aldershot 0 - 2 Oxford Michael Duberry gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Aldershot 0-2 Oxford Utd.

36:57

Peter Leven takes the inswinging corner,

36:40

Simon Heslop takes a shot. Save by Ross Worner.

34:06

Header on goal by Danny Hylton from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

31:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Vincenti on Damian Batt. Damian Batt takes the free kick.

30:36

Jake Wright gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd. Free kick taken by Charlie Henry.

29:55

Close range header by Jamie Collins goes over the bar.

29:09

Liam Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Henry. Charlie Henry takes the direct free kick.

28:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon-Paul Pittman by Aaron Morris. Free kick taken by Peter Leven.

23:35

Luke Guttridge shoots direct from the free kick.

23:35 Booking

Booking Booking for Jake Wright for unsporting behaviour.

23:23

Aaron Morris fouled by Jake Wright, the ref awards a free kick.

22:24

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line, clearance by Ben Herd.

21:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Collins on Alfie Potter. Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.

17:39

Simon Heslop takes a shot. Ross Worner makes a save.

16:39

Danny Hylton is caught offside. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

15:39

Effort on goal by Liam Davis from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

14:51

The referee blows for offside against Danny Hylton. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

10:06

Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Henry, clearance made by Ryan Clarke.

7:15

Assist by Peter Leven.

7:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Jon-Paul Pittman - Aldershot 0 - 1 Oxford Jon-Paul Pittman grabs a headed goal from close in. Aldershot 0-1 Oxford Utd.

4:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Duberry on Danny Hylton. Sonny Bradley takes the direct free kick.

2:34

Charlie Henry fouled by Alfie Potter, the ref awards a free kick. Ross Worner takes the free kick.

1:38

Danny Hylton takes a shot. Ryan Clarke makes a save.

0:40

Ben Herd fouled by Alfie Potter, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Herd.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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