High-flying Oxford United maintained their 100% away record with a clinical victory over 10-man Burton Albion.

A uneventful first period saw its first meaningful action when Albion's Ian Sharps was sent off after 36 minutes for clashing with Dave Kitson.

United took full advantage four minutes after the restart when Alfie Potter scored with a fine right-foot finish.

Oxford, who remain second in League Two, sealed victory through Danny Rose's simple close-range strike.

Rose converted after Asa Hall's dangerous cross caused confusion in the six-yard box.

The Brewers, who were previously unbeaten, were angered by the red-card incident, believing Kitson should also have been sent off for pushing Sharps.

The hosts edged possession but struggled to create chances against a well-organised Oxford side who were content to sit back once they had gone ahead.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:

"I felt we were in control in the first half. I know we hadn't created an awful lot, but we were definitely in control. But whatever way you want to look at it, one decision changed the match.

"I've seen the incident again. If you're going to red card Ian Sharps for a kick which didn't look particularly violent in my opinion, then surely, I thought in the rules of the game it says that if you raise both hands to push someone, it's a red card.

"I'm not suggesting that it was worthy of a red card, but in the laws of the game, I hear it all the time. Once you raise your hands, you leave yourself with no option but to send the player off. By not doing that, I just thought it changed everything."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Burton

  • 16 Lyness
  • 04 Delap
  • 06 Sharps Dismissed
  • 14 McCrory
  • 21 Holness Booked
  • 03 Hussey
  • 07 Bell (Palmer - 76' )
  • 10 Reed
  • 20 McGurk
  • 09 Howe Booked (Phillips - 76' )
  • 28 Symes (Edwards - 38' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Mats Morch
  • 02 Edwards
  • 08 Weir
  • 17 Phillips
  • 22 Dyer
  • 23 Palmer
  • 18 Knowles

Oxford Utd

  • 01 Clarke
  • 03 Newey
  • 06 Wright
  • 13 Hunt Booked
  • 19 Mullins
  • 11 Potter (Marsh - 90' )
  • 14 Hall
  • 16 Whing
  • 17 Rose
  • 08 Kitson Booked (Williams - 78' )
  • 09 Constable (Smalley - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Crocombe
  • 04 Raynes
  • 18 Davies
  • 15 Williams
  • 20 Marsh
  • 10 Smalley
  • 37 Ruffles
Ref: Bull
Att: 3,416

Match Stats

Shots

7 8

On target

1 4

Corners

2 3

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.

90:00 +3:39

Clearance by Marcus Holness.

90:00 +3:21 Substitution

Substitution Alfie Potter goes off and Tyrone Marsh comes on.

90:00 +2:53

Shot by Damien McCrory went wide left of the target.

87:51

Damien McCrory takes the free kick.

87:46

Damien McCrory fouled by Asa Hall, the ref awards a free kick.

87:03

Jake Wright manages to make a clearance.

86:56

Corner taken by Chris Hussey from the left by-line.

86:27

Shot by Jimmy Phillips. Ryan Clarke parries the ball away.

85:29 Booking

Booking

85:29

Booking for Marcus Holness.

84:26

Asa Hall provided the assist for the goal.

84:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Rose - Burton 0 - 2 Oxford Danny Rose scores with their right foot. Burton Albion 0-2 Oxford Utd.

83:47

Dean Lyness restarts play with the free kick.

83:41

Alfie Potter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien McCrory.

83:16

Andrew Whing restarts play with the free kick.

83:06

Damien McCrory gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Williams.

78:12

Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

77:46 Substitution

Substitution Dave Kitson goes off and Ryan Williams comes on.

77:31

Adam Reed is caught offside.

77:11

Shot by Jimmy Phillips.

76:02

Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

76:00

The assistant referee flags for offside against Adam McGurk.

75:17 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Phillips on for Rene Howe.

75:02 Substitution

Substitution Lee Bell leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Palmer.

74:38

A cross is delivered by Phil Edwards.

74:27

Rory Delap restarts play with the free kick.

73:50

Adam McGurk fouled by Tom Newey, the ref awards a free kick.

72:24

Asa Hall takes a shot.

71:46

Free kick taken by Damien McCrory.

71:40

Foul by Deane Smalley on Damien McCrory, free kick awarded.

69:19

Lee Bell has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

68:03

David Hunt takes the free kick.

67:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Adam Reed.

67:35

Clearance by Marcus Holness.

67:32

A cross is delivered by Johnny Mullins.

67:25

Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.

67:01

Asa Hall fouled by Rory Delap, the ref awards a free kick.

66:45

Dave Kitson restarts play with the free kick.

66:32

Foul by Adam Reed on Asa Hall, free kick awarded.

65:48

Dean Lyness takes the free kick.

65:38

The referee blows for offside.

65:12

Tom Newey crosses the ball.

64:30

Rory Delap delivers the ball.

63:16 Substitution

Substitution Deane Smalley on for James Constable.

61:50

Jake Wright makes a clearance.

61:34

A cross is delivered by Chris Hussey.

60:21

A cross is delivered by Rory Delap.

59:57

Damien McCrory crosses the ball in from the free kick.

59:49

Unfair challenge on Chris Hussey by Alfie Potter results in a free kick.

58:33

Damien McCrory crosses the ball in from the free kick.

58:22

Rene Howe fouled by Andrew Whing, the ref awards a free kick.

57:41

Andrew Whing restarts play with the free kick.

56:43

Unfair challenge on David Hunt by Rene Howe results in a free kick.

54:43

A cross is delivered by Tom Newey.

53:34

Corner taken by Danny Rose from the right by-line.

51:36

Rory Delap manages to make a clearance.

51:32

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Hunt.

51:14

Tom Newey takes a shot.

50:54

Corner taken by David Hunt.

48:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Alfie Potter - Burton 0 - 1 Oxford Alfie Potter grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Burton Albion 0-1 Oxford Utd.

46:13

Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

46:10

Damien McCrory is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:32 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:22

Tom Newey takes the free kick.

45:00 +2:17

Booking for Rene Howe.

45:00 +2:17 Booking

Booking

45:00 +2:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rene Howe on Jake Wright.

45:00 +0:18

Free kick crossed by Lee Bell.

44:36

Booking for David Hunt for unsporting behaviour.

44:36 Booking

Booking

44:32

David Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Hussey.

43:38

Free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

43:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alfie Potter on Chris Hussey.

41:51

Clearance by Johnny Mullins.

41:41

Dean Lyness takes the free kick.

41:21

James Constable challenges Marcus Holness unfairly and gives away a free kick.

39:50

Clearance by Dean Lyness.

39:38

Tom Newey sends in a cross.

37:26 Substitution

Substitution Phil Edwards on for Michael Symes.

37:02

Centre by Lee Bell.

36:03

Header by Johnny Mullins misses left.

35:55

David Hunt restarts play with the free kick.

35:25

Dave Kitson booked.

35:25 Booking

Booking

35:15

The referee sends off Ian Sharps for violent conduct.

35:15 Dismissal

Dismissal

35:06

Ian Sharps challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:40

Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

32:33

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Wright.

32:03

Corner taken by Chris Hussey.

30:23

The ball is swung over by Rory Delap.

27:04

Chris Hussey sends in a cross.

21:23

Clearance made by Ian Sharps.

19:30

Header by Michael Symes goes to the left of the goal.

19:20

Chris Hussey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

18:40

Unfair challenge on Chris Hussey by David Hunt results in a free kick.

15:58

The ball is crossed by Lee Bell.

15:42

Chris Hussey crosses the ball.

15:09

Ryan Clarke manages to make a clearance.

15:01

Chris Hussey crosses the ball.

14:09

Rory Delap delivers the ball.

12:58

Free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

12:49

Unfair challenge on Marcus Holness by Dave Kitson results in a free kick.

12:26

Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

12:01

Michael Symes concedes a free kick for a foul on Johnny Mullins.

11:51

Ian Sharps restarts play with the free kick.

11:39

Unfair challenge on Lee Bell by Dave Kitson results in a free kick.

9:58

Header at goal by Michael Symes goes right of the post.

9:53

Free kick crossed by Chris Hussey.

9:33

Rene Howe fouled by Johnny Mullins, the ref awards a free kick.

9:01

Shot by Chris Hussey went wide left of the target.

8:42

Clearance made by Johnny Mullins.

6:50

Asa Hall takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

6:01

David Hunt takes the free kick.

5:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Asa Hall by Lee Bell.

4:35

Centre by Lee Bell.

2:25

Shot by Asa Hall.

2:18

Ian Sharps manages to make a clearance.

2:14

Danny Rose restarts play with the free kick.

1:57

Lee Bell challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

1:09

Danny Rose takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

0:35

Free kick taken by Dean Lyness.

0:21

Unfair challenge on Damien McCrory by Dave Kitson results in a free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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