Taiwo Atieno's last-minute equaliser salvaged a point for 10-man Torquay as they drew at promotion rivals Oxford.

Rene Howe opened the scoring after latching onto a poor back-pass from Oxford's Harry Worley.

Adam Chapman levelled for the hosts direct from a corner and Cristian Montano headed the U's into the lead.

Torquay were reduced to 10 men when Ian Morris was sent off for a second booking before Atieno's late leveller from the edge of the box.

The draw means Torquay remain in second place but just one point above Shrewsbury and three clear of fourth-placed Crawley.

Oxford remain in the play-off places but are now only above Crewe on goal difference after the Alex beat Bristol Rovers 3-0.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Oxford United manager Chris Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford:

"I'm sure we deserve the three points but we didn't get them.

"We fell behind to a good side, a settled side. We started off really well on the front foot, and dominated the second half. We should be here talking about a 3,4 or 5-1 victory against a team second in the league but we are not.

"We took a backward step when the boy got sent off but there was a touch of nervousness about our play and we paid the ultimate price.

"It was a poor goal to concede and we should have done better with it. We should be talking about a fantastic performance against a good side but it's not to be and we've just to go again."

Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"There's a tinge of disappointment that we were in a good position and threw it away.

"Being disappointed away at Oxford with 10 men probably proves how far we have come.

"The fans have been tremendous this year, they deserve all the plaudits they get.

"Automatic promotion will depend on who holds their nerve over the last four games."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 02 Batt
  • 06 Wright
  • 22 Worley
  • 26 Davis
  • 07 Chapman
  • 14 Hall
  • 16 Whing Booked
  • 09 Constable (Rendell - 46' )
  • 18 Morgan
  • 27 Montano (Johnson - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Tonkin
  • 24 Wilson
  • 11 Pittman
  • 19 Johnson
  • 23 Rendell

Torquay United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Ellis
  • 06 Saah
  • 18 Oastler
  • 07 Mansell Booked
  • 10 O'Kane
  • 22 Lathrope
  • 09 Howe (Atieno - 62' )
  • 11 Morris Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 19 Stevens (Jarvis - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 21 MacDonald
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 23 Atieno
Ref: Mohareb
Att: 7,867

Match Stats

Shots

20 7

On target

12 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

4 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

89:21

Assist on the goal came from Damon Lathrope.

89:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Taiwo Atieno - Oxford 2 - 2 Torquay A goal is scored by Taiwo Atieno from just outside the area low into the middle of the goal. Oxford Utd 2-2 Torquay.

88:08

Effort from just outside the area by Damon Lathrope goes over the bar.

87:16

Dean Morgan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

86:18

Oli Johnson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

84:42 Substitution

Substitution Oli Johnson is brought on as a substitute for Cristian Montano.

83:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Eunan O'Kane on Asa Hall. Adam Chapman takes the free kick.

82:03

Asa Hall has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Robert Olejnik makes a brilliant save.

80:54

Liam Davis restarts play with the free kick.

80:54 Booking

Booking Lee Mansell goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

80:39

Unfair challenge on Jake Wright by Lee Mansell results in a free kick.

78:39

Harry Worley restarts play with the free kick.

78:39 Booking

Booking Andrew Whing goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

78:14 Dismissal

Dismissal Red card for Ian Morris.

77:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Morris on Andrew Whing.

77:20

The ball is delivered by Dean Morgan, comfortable save by Robert Olejnik.

71:52

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adam Chapman from right wing.

71:52 Booking

Booking Ian Morris is booked.

71:47

Ian Morris concedes a free kick for a foul on Damian Batt.

71:13

Scott Rendell takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

69:22

Inswinging corner taken by Eunan O'Kane.

69:22 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jarvis replaces Danny Stevens.

67:29

Assist by Damian Batt.

67:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Cristian Montano - Oxford 2 - 1 Torquay Cristian Montano finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Oxford Utd 2-1 Torquay.

66:17

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Kevin Nicholson, Asa Hall makes a clearance.

64:27

Asa Hall has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

63:22

Cristian Montano has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

61:41 Substitution

Substitution Rene Howe leaves the field to be replaced by Taiwo Atieno.

60:50

Shot by Dean Morgan from 12 yards. Save by Robert Olejnik.

58:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Chapman - Oxford 1 - 1 Torquay A goal is scored by Adam Chapman from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 1-1 Torquay.

58:16

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Chapman,

57:56

Liam Davis produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Joe Oastler.

57:43

Dean Morgan takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Ellis.

54:42

Adam Chapman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Mansell. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

53:52

Unfair challenge on Rene Howe by Jake Wright results in a free kick. Rene Howe takes the free kick.

51:25

Adam Chapman takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save. Asa Hall takes a shot. Blocked by Brian Saah.

51:04

Unfair challenge on Scott Rendell by Mark Ellis results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Cristian Montano.

49:49

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman, Dean Morgan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rene Howe. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

49:21

Brian Saah concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Rendell. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Adam Chapman from left wing, clearance by Kevin Nicholson.

48:16

Effort on goal by Andrew Whing from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

47:53

Adam Chapman takes a outswinging corner.

47:25

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman, save by Robert Olejnik.

46:23

Eunan O'Kane is caught offside. Ryan Clarke takes the direct free kick.

45:31

The assistant referee flags for offside against Cristian Montano. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Scott Rendell replaces James Constable.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:02

Drilled left-footed shot by Dean Morgan. Save made by Robert Olejnik.

43:00

Harry Worley takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.

41:57

Foul by Brian Saah on James Constable, free kick awarded. Adam Chapman crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Robert Olejnik.

41:11

The ball is swung over by Liam Davis.

40:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rene Howe on Liam Davis. Ryan Clarke takes the direct free kick.

39:45

Danny Stevens produces a cross, Jake Wright manages to make a clearance.

37:55

Unfair challenge on Andrew Whing by Eunan O'Kane results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

33:53

Dean Morgan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

31:26

Shot from deep inside the area by Eunan O'Kane clears the crossbar.

27:47

Shot from outside the area by Dean Morgan misses to the left of the goal.

26:36

The offside flag is raised against Rene Howe. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

25:10

Danny Stevens is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

24:40

Damon Lathrope takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Clarke.

23:35

Foul by Lee Mansell on Cristian Montano, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andrew Whing.

21:03

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Chapman.

17:53

The referee gives a free kick against Liam Davis for handball. Robert Olejnik takes the direct free kick.

16:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Oxford 0 - 1 Torquay Rene Howe finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 0-1 Torquay.

15:46

Handball by Eunan O'Kane. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

13:57

James Constable gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damon Lathrope. Free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

11:16

Shot by Ian Morris from outside the box goes over the target.

8:19

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Chapman.

7:44

James Constable takes a long range shot clearing the bar.

5:16

Shot from 18 yards by Asa Hall. Save made by Robert Olejnik. Floated corner taken by Adam Chapman from the right by-line.

3:10

Rene Howe takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Clarke.

2:26

Corner taken right-footed by Eunan O'Kane, Jake Wright manages to make a clearance.

1:29

Shot by Dean Morgan from outside the box goes high over the target.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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