Oxford remain in the play-off places despite failing to win for the third home game in a row.

Gillingham were indebted to keeper Paulo Gazzaniga, who produced a superb one-handed save from Asa Hall's well-struck shot on the turn.

Liam Davis saved Oxford with two last-ditch blocks, first denying Danny Kedwell and then Jo Kuffour.

Hall went close again but his fierce half-volley was headed off the line by Matt Fish.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Gillingham manager Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:

"We're still where we were, four points away and we're relying on other teams to slip up but it's not over.

"We worked our socks off and I can't ask anything more of my players.

"The only thing I'm disappointed with is our quality in the final third. If we'd found that maybe it would have been a different game."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Oxford Utd

  • 21 Brown
  • 02 Batt
  • 05 Duberry
  • 06 Wright Booked
  • 16 Whing
  • 07 Chapman (Constable - 70' )
  • 14 Hall
  • 26 Davis
  • 18 Morgan (Tonkin - 82' )
  • 23 Rendell
  • 27 Montano (Johnson - 60' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 34 Crocombe
  • 03 Tonkin
  • 24 Wilson
  • 09 Constable
  • 19 Johnson

Gillingham

  • 28 Gazzaniga
  • 03 Frampton
  • 12 Martin
  • 16 Fish
  • 22 Essam
  • 07 Whelpdale
  • 19 Montrose Booked
  • 09 Kedwell Booked
  • 23 Vine (Oli - 73' )
  • 33 Kuffour Booked
  • 39 Tomlin (Spiller - 15' )

Substitutes

  • 05 King
  • 24 Evans
  • 17 Spiller (O Lee - 89' )
  • 37 O Lee
  • 11 Oli
Ref: Coote
Att: 7,322

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

7 4

Corners

8 6

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:31 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:45

Oli Johnson fouled by Lewis Montrose, the ref awards a free kick. Oli Johnson takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:42 Booking

Booking The referee books Oli Johnson for unsporting behaviour.

89:34

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dennis Oli from the left by-line, clearance by Scott Rendell. Corner taken by Oliver Lee, Scott Rendell makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Oliver Lee, Wayne Brown makes a save.

89:15

Joe Martin takes a shot. Blocked by Wayne Brown.

88:13 Substitution

Substitution Danny Spiller goes off and Oliver Lee comes on.

88:13

The referee blows for offside against James Constable. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

86:59

Scott Rendell fouled by Dennis Oli, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Wright.

85:32

Lewis Montrose challenges Scott Rendell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Wright.

85:32 Booking

Booking The referee books Lewis Montrose for unsporting behaviour.

85:06

A cross is delivered by Damian Batt, save made by Paulo Gazzaniga.

84:16

Shot by Chris Whelpdale from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

84:03

The ball is sent over by Matt Fish, clearance by Asa Hall.

83:48

James Constable is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Andy Frampton.

80:21 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Tonkin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Morgan.

80:21

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Kedwell from the right by-line, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance. Centre by Andy Frampton, save by Wayne Brown.

79:33

A cross is delivered by Damian Batt, clearance by Matt Fish.

77:51

Free kick taken by Michael Duberry.

77:51 Booking

Booking Jo Kuffour receives a yellow card.

77:35

Jo Kuffour challenges Damian Batt unfairly and gives away a free kick.

77:18

The ball is swung over by Dean Morgan, clearance by Joe Martin.

74:57

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Asa Hall from the right by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale by Andrew Whing. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the direct free kick.

72:05 Substitution

Substitution Dennis Oli is brought on as a substitute for Rowan Vine.

71:26

Oli Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Frampton.

69:03 Substitution

Substitution Adam Chapman leaves the field to be replaced by James Constable.

68:16

Asa Hall produces a cross, Connor Essam makes a clearance.

66:45

Dean Morgan takes a shot. Clearance by Paulo Gazzaniga. Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman from the right by-line, clearance made by Chris Whelpdale.

64:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Connor Essam on Asa Hall. Direct free kick taken by Liam Davis.

63:59

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Save by Wayne Brown.

59:57

Adam Chapman takes the outswinging corner, Michael Duberry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale. Paulo Gazzaniga restarts play with the free kick.

59:09 Substitution

Substitution Oli Johnson comes on in place of Cristian Montano.

58:50

Effort on goal by Danny Kedwell from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

58:28

Danny Kedwell sends in a cross, Dean Morgan manages to make a clearance.

58:07

Matt Fish produces a cross, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.

56:34

Short corner taken by Adam Chapman from the right by-line. Adam Chapman delivers the ball, Asa Hall takes a shot. Matt Fish makes a clearance.

55:25

Scott Rendell is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

54:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale by Asa Hall. Andy Frampton restarts play with the free kick.

52:37

Centre by Liam Davis, Effort from outside the penalty box by Jake Wright goes wide right of the goal.

50:16

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Whelpdale from the right by-line, Shot from inside the area by Andy Frampton clears the bar.

48:39

The referee penalises Scott Rendell for handball. Free kick taken by Andy Frampton.

47:49

Centre by Danny Kedwell, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.

46:50

Cristian Montano produces a cross.

45:25

Cristian Montano takes a shot. Matt Fish makes a save.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +2:05

Matt Fish is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Dean Morgan.

45:00 +1:20

The ball is swung over by Asa Hall, clearance made by Connor Essam.

41:35

Effort from outside the box by Cristian Montano goes wide right of the target.

40:38

Rowan Vine takes a shot. Wayne Brown makes a save. A cross is delivered by Damian Batt, clearance made by Andy Frampton.

39:43

Damian Batt challenges Rowan Vine unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Spiller crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Scott Rendell.

39:15

The ball is swung over by Chris Whelpdale, Andrew Whing makes a clearance.

38:44

Rowan Vine fouled by Andrew Whing, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Fish takes the direct free kick.

36:28

The ball is delivered by Damian Batt, Andy Frampton makes a clearance.

36:01

The referee blows for offside. Jake Wright takes the free kick.

31:36

Jo Kuffour challenges Andrew Whing unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wayne Brown restarts play with the free kick.

30:16

Asa Hall takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.

29:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Morgan by Matt Fish. Andrew Whing restarts play with the free kick.

26:19

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman from the right by-line, clearance by Lewis Montrose. Corner taken by Adam Chapman from the left by-line, Foul by Cristian Montano on Paulo Gazzaniga, free kick awarded. Paulo Gazzaniga takes the free kick.

23:13 Booking

Booking Danny Kedwell goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

22:24

Danny Kedwell challenges Scott Rendell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Davis.

21:15

Unfair challenge on Danny Kedwell by Jake Wright results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paulo Gazzaniga.

21:15 Booking

Booking Jake Wright shown a yellow card.

20:35

The ball is crossed by Damian Batt, Asa Hall takes a shot. Fantastic save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

20:19

The ball is crossed by Damian Batt, clearance made by Andy Frampton.

17:09

A cross is delivered by Andrew Whing, clearance by Matt Fish.

16:34

Damian Batt delivers the ball, blocked by Joe Martin. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Connor Essam.

14:15

Clearance by Michael Duberry.

14:15 Substitution

Substitution Gavin Tomlin leaves the field to be replaced by Danny Spiller.

14:15

Danny Kedwell takes a shot. Liam Davis gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Kedwell,

12:49

Damian Batt sends in a cross, blocked by Chris Whelpdale.

12:24

Scott Rendell delivers the ball.

9:03

The ball is delivered by Cristian Montano, Andy Frampton makes a clearance. Damian Batt delivers the ball, Scott Rendell takes a shot. Connor Essam gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Adam Chapman, Headed effort from inside the area by Andrew Whing misses to the right of the goal.

4:50

The ball is crossed by Dean Morgan, blocked by Joe Martin.

4:38

The ball is delivered by Dean Morgan, Joe Martin manages to make a clearance.

3:58

Foul by Danny Kedwell on Andrew Whing, free kick awarded. Wayne Brown restarts play with the free kick.

2:52

Damian Batt concedes a free kick for a foul on Rowan Vine. Joe Martin takes the direct free kick.

1:27

Centre by Chris Whelpdale.

0:46

The ball is crossed by Damian Batt, Dean Morgan takes a shot. Save by Paulo Gazzaniga.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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