Oxford United had the better chances but were held to an uninspiring goalless draw with Torquay.

Billy Bodin was denied by U's keeper Ryan Clarke late in the first half.

But after the break, Oxford should have scored with visiting goalkeeper Martin Rice denying Peter Leven twice and James Constable, who also blazed another shot over the bar.

Andy Whing went closest to a winner but his header hit the post to leave Oxford 17th in the League Two table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM:

Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"It certainly wasn't pretty, we were on the back foot for a lot of the game.

"There were players out there that put their bodies on the line. I thought the two centre-halves were outstanding and I thought Martin Rice had a superb league debut.

"We got away with a point. We didn't create much at all and we looked a little bit toothless without Rene Howe.

"But everyone can be proud of their efforts and workrate today."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Oxford Utd

  • 01 Clarke
  • 06 Wright
  • 16 Whing
  • 25 Mullins
  • 08 Heslop (Chapman - 81' )
  • 14 Rigg
  • 19 Cox Booked
  • 20 Leven
  • 26 Davis
  • 09 Constable
  • 29 Craddock (Pittman - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Brown
  • 04 Raynes
  • 17 Capaldi
  • 07 Chapman
  • 18 Forster-Caskey
  • 11 Pittman
  • 28 Marsh

Torquay

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Oastler
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes
  • 05 Saah
  • 06 Lathrope (Yeoman - 74' )
  • 07 Mansell
  • 15 Bodin
  • 18 Easton
  • 20 Craig
  • 08 Jarvis (Thompson - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Thompson
  • 12 Leadbitter
  • 21 Cruise
  • 30 Mackenzie
  • 17 Halpin
  • 29 Thompson
  • 23 Yeoman
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 5,773

Match Stats

Shots

17 4

On target

5 0

Corners

6 3

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:24 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +1:49

Inswinging corner taken by Nathan Craig, Ryan Clarke makes a clearance.

89:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Easton by Sean Rigg. Martin Rice takes the direct free kick.

87:39

Peter Leven takes the inswinging corner, Andrew Whing takes a shot. Joe Oastler makes a clearance.

85:00

Shot by Jon-Paul Pittman from deep inside the penalty box bounces off the post.

84:01

Outswinging corner taken by Peter Leven, Brian Saah makes a clearance.

83:09

James Constable delivers the ball, Peter Leven takes a shot. Save made by Martin Rice.

82:54

Foul by Nathan Craig on Peter Leven, free kick awarded. Peter Leven takes the direct free kick.

82:11

Shot from inside the area by James Constable clears the bar.

81:08

The assistant referee flags for offside against Liam Davis. Martin Rice takes the indirect free kick.

80:10 Substitution

Substitution Adam Chapman replaces Simon Heslop.

79:26

The ball is sent over by Kevin Nicholson, clearance by Simon Heslop.

78:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Saah by Jon-Paul Pittman. Direct free kick taken by Martin Rice.

74:53

Foul by Niall Thompson on Liam Davis, free kick awarded. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

73:57 Substitution

Substitution Damon Lathrope leaves the field to be replaced by Ashley Yeoman.

72:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Niall Thompson by Liam Davis. Direct free kick taken by Joe Oastler.

71:11

Liam Davis produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.

70:27

Corner taken left-footed by Peter Leven from the right by-line, clearance made by Aaron Downes.

70:07

Effort on goal by James Constable from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

67:56

The referee penalises Lee Mansell for handball. Ryan Clarke takes the indirect free kick.

67:06 Substitution

Substitution Niall Thompson on for Ryan Jarvis.

65:50

Simon Heslop delivers the ball.

64:44

The ball is sent over by Simon Heslop.

63:57

Inswinging corner taken by Peter Leven, Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance.

62:47

Brian Saah concedes a free kick for a foul on Jon-Paul Pittman. Peter Leven produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

62:31

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Craig on Andrew Whing. Ryan Clarke takes the direct free kick.

62:04

The ball is swung over by Jon-Paul Pittman, save by Martin Rice.

58:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Wright on Ryan Jarvis. Joe Oastler restarts play with the free kick.

57:41

James Constable delivers the ball.

56:13

Jon-Paul Pittman delivers the ball, Shot by Sean Rigg from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

55:46

Nathan Craig sends in a cross, clearance by Johnny Mullins.

54:45

Effort on goal by Sean Rigg from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

54:34

A cross is delivered by Andrew Whing, clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

53:45

James Constable has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

52:49

Brian Saah is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

51:58

Kevin Nicholson takes the free kick.

51:58 Booking

Booking Lee Cox is given a yellow card.

51:47

Lee Cox gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damon Lathrope.

50:11

Lee Cox concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Easton. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson, Aaron Downes takes a shot.

49:41

The ball is swung over by Joe Oastler, Jake Wright manages to make a clearance.

48:02

Effort on goal by Jon-Paul Pittman from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

47:08

Centre by Liam Davis.

46:32

Peter Leven takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Downes.

46:00

The ball is sent over by Simon Heslop, clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jon-Paul Pittman is brought on as a substitute for Tom Craddock.

45:00 +2:41 Half time

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

44:06

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nathan Craig from the right by-line, save by Ryan Clarke.

43:58

Corner taken by Nathan Craig from the right by-line, Jake Wright manages to make a clearance.

41:14

Simon Heslop has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

39:55

Corner taken by Peter Leven played to the near post, clearance by Aaron Downes.

39:35

Centre by Simon Heslop, clearance by Joe Oastler.

38:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Davis by Ryan Jarvis. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

36:42

The ball is delivered by Kevin Nicholson, Liam Davis makes a clearance.

35:50

Billy Bodin challenges Liam Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Leven takes the free kick.

35:15

The ball is swung over by Andrew Whing, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance.

34:50

Foul by Ryan Jarvis on Andrew Whing, free kick awarded. Johnny Mullins restarts play with the free kick.

31:57

Unfair challenge on Billy Bodin by Liam Davis results in a free kick. Nathan Craig produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

31:18

Tom Craddock is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Brian Saah.

29:55

Joe Oastler delivers the ball, Johnny Mullins manages to make a clearance.

22:49

Billy Bodin has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

21:19

The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy Bodin. Direct free kick taken by Johnny Mullins.

21:04

The ball is crossed by James Constable, save by Martin Rice.

20:33

Peter Leven takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ryan Jarvis.

19:47

The ball is swung over by Liam Davis, Shot by Simon Heslop from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

19:35

Simon Heslop delivers the ball, clearance by Brian Saah.

17:12

Shot from outside the area by Tom Craddock misses to the left of the target.

16:22

Lee Mansell fouled by Sean Rigg, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Mansell.

15:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Davis by Lee Mansell. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

12:49

Liam Davis crosses the ball.

11:33

Tom Craddock challenges Aaron Downes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Rice.

10:38

The ball is delivered by Sean Rigg.

9:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Saah on Tom Craddock. Peter Leven takes the direct free kick.

8:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Bodin by Johnny Mullins. Kevin Nicholson shoots direct from the free kick.

7:38

Centre by Simon Heslop, save made by Martin Rice.

5:40

A cross is delivered by Simon Heslop, clearance by Joe Oastler.

3:29

Ryan Jarvis challenges Jake Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Wright.

2:23

Foul by Ryan Jarvis on Peter Leven, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

1:55

Simon Heslop crosses the ball, Sean Rigg takes a shot. Martin Rice makes a save.

1:36

James Constable takes a shot. Save by Martin Rice.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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