James Constable scored twice to help Oxford to an impressive victory at play-off hopefuls Exeter.

Jamie Cureton had hit the bar for the hosts before Constable lashed home the opener from Tom Craddock's lobbed pass.

Constable latched on to a poor defensive header from Pat Baldwin for his second before Peter Leven made the points safe with a low shot.

The Grecians pulled one back when Cureton converted a penalty after Damian Batt had handled.

Oxford handed a debut to former Oldham forward Josh Parker, who joined on non-contract terms last week.

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Exeter boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"It's my job to try to alter this trend we have of results at home. There weren't many positives, but our first 20 minutes was the best we've had at home all season. We were the side most likely to score.

"But we've failed too many times in our home games. There's something I need to do about it. It's a bit of a Rubik's Cube at the moment, but we'll sort it out.

"I don't think for the last month we've been able to get on a grass pitch and do our training. We've been indoors, up the forest and the heath, and it doesn't look like that's going to change so we just have to do what we can do on Saturday to reverse this trend."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Exeter

  • 01 Krysiak
  • 02 Tully
  • 03 Woodman
  • 04 Bennett
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 06 Coles Booked
  • 07 Sercombe (Keohane - 57' )
  • 08 Oakley
  • 10 Gow (Amankwaah - 57' )
  • 12 Cureton
  • 19 O'Flynn (Reid - 57' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 24 Evans
  • 16 Amankwaah
  • 37 Moore-Taylor
  • 11 Davies
  • 22 Keohane
  • 23 Dawson
  • 35 Reid

Oxford Utd

  • 01 Clarke
  • 02 Batt
  • 04 Raynes
  • 06 Wright
  • 14 Rigg
  • 19 Cox
  • 20 Leven (Forster-Caskey - 90' )
  • 26 Davis (Capaldi - 33' Booked )
  • 09 Constable
  • 15 Potter
  • 29 Craddock (Parker - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Brown
  • 05 Duberry
  • 17 Capaldi
  • 22 Worley
  • 18 Forster-Caskey
  • 25 Parker
  • 28 Marsh
Ref: Malone
Att: 4,437

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

6 5

Corners

4 3

Fouls

5 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

89:12 Substitution

Substitution Jake Forster-Caskey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Leven.

88:42 Booking

Booking Jamie Reid is given a yellow card.

85:31

Unfair challenge on Josh Parker by Steve Tully results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Leven.

81:44

Shot comes in from Peter Leven from the free kick.

81:44 Booking

Booking Booking for Danny Coles for unsporting behaviour.

81:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alfie Potter by Danny Coles.

80:01

Jamie Reid takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

79:21

Header from just outside the box by Jamie Reid goes over the bar.

77:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damian Batt on Jamie Reid. Craig Woodman restarts play with the free kick.

75:41 Booking

Booking Tony Capaldi is given a yellow card.

75:33

Tony Capaldi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Amankwaah. Steve Tully takes the direct free kick.

74:47

Shot from long distance by Sean Rigg goes wide of the left-hand upright.

72:15

Jamie Cureton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

71:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Leven on Scot Bennett. Free kick taken by Pat Baldwin.

70:23 Substitution

Substitution (Oxford Utd) makes a substitution, with Josh Parker coming on for Tom Craddock.

66:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Jamie Cureton - Exeter 1 - 3 Oxford Penalty taken right-footed by Jamie Cureton and scored. Exeter 1-3 Oxford Utd.

64:33

Inswinging corner taken by Craig Woodman, Handball by Damian Batt.

63:17

Jamie Reid takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

59:13

Jamie Reid takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.

58:23

Danny Coles challenges Tom Craddock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Leven crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Danny Coles makes a clearance.

56:04 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Amankwaah comes on in place of Alan Gow.

56:04 Substitution

Substitution Liam Sercombe goes off and Jimmy Keohane comes on.

56:04 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Reid joins the action as a substitute, replacing John O'Flynn.

55:45

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

51:34

Sean Rigg provided the assist for the goal.

51:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Peter Leven - Exeter 0 - 3 Oxford A goal is scored by Peter Leven from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Exeter 0-3 Oxford Utd.

49:29 Goal scored

Goal! - James Constable - Exeter 0 - 2 Oxford James Constable gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Exeter 0-2 Oxford Utd.

48:34

Michael Raynes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. Free kick taken by Matt Oakley.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +3:09 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +2:37

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Liam Sercombe.

45:00 +0:15

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jamie Cureton. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

40:02

Peter Leven takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Pat Baldwin.

37:50

Tony Capaldi concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Gow. Alan Gow crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

34:48

Steve Tully is ruled offside. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

32:06 Substitution

Substitution (Oxford Utd) makes a substitution, with Tony Capaldi coming on for Liam Davis.

29:23

Inswinging corner taken by Alan Gow, Close range shot by Danny Coles goes over the bar.

28:49

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Constable. Pat Baldwin restarts play with the free kick.

26:37

James Constable takes a shot. Peter Leven takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Pat Baldwin. Blocked by Danny Coles.

25:20

Close range effort by Tom Craddock clears the crossbar.

17:48

The assist for the goal came from Tom Craddock.

17:48 Goal scored

Goal! - James Constable - Exeter 0 - 1 Oxford James Constable finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Exeter 0-1 Oxford Utd.

16:35

Corner taken by Peter Leven from the left by-line played to the near post, Pat Baldwin makes a clearance.

15:11

Foul by Steve Tully on Liam Davis, free kick awarded. Jake Wright takes the free kick.

14:43

Craig Woodman takes a shot. Save made by Ryan Clarke.

12:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Liam Davis. Indirect free kick taken by Artur Krysiak.

9:51

Alan Gow takes a shot. Corner taken by Alan Gow, Michael Raynes gets a block in. Save made by Ryan Clarke.

9:38

Foul by Alfie Potter on Alan Gow, free kick awarded. Alan Gow takes the free kick.

6:58

Jamie Cureton has a volleyed shot.

5:51

Michael Raynes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Gow. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jamie Cureton, save by Ryan Clarke.

3:57

Danny Coles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alfie Potter. Alan Gow crosses the ball, Danny Coles has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.

0:00

The game begins.

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