Oxford United bounced back from their first league defeat of the season to beat Hartlepool and move up to second place in the League Two table.

The U's, who lost at home to leaders Chesterfield last week, led when Ryan Williams curled home a 16-yard shot.

Pools levelled when Luke James slotted the ball in from close range.

But Deane Smalley's counter-attack goal restored Oxford's lead and Asa Hall's penalty sealed victory against Pools, who had Steve Howard sent off late on.

Towering striker Howard saw red for a foul on Jonny Mullins, but the game was already lost by then.

Smalley's fine low finish came with 23 minutes left, just after the hosts had their best spell of the match.

And Hall's spot-kick, awarded for a trip on Scott Davies by home keeper Scott Flinders, ensured a fourth away win of the season for Chris Wilder's side.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Hartlepool

  • 01 Flinders
  • 02 Austin (Howard - 84' Dismissed )
  • 06 Baldwin
  • 21 Duckworth
  • 35 Burgess
  • 04 Dolan
  • 07 Franks (Poole - 38' )
  • 08 Walton (Sweeney - 90' )
  • 14 Compton Booked
  • 11 Monkhouse
  • 33 James

Substitutes

  • 13 Rafferty
  • 05 Collins
  • 22 Holden
  • 15 Sweeney
  • 09 Howard
  • 10 Poole
  • 23 Rodney

Oxford Utd

  • 01 Clarke
  • 03 Newey
  • 04 Raynes
  • 13 Hunt
  • 19 Mullins Booked
  • 07 Rigg Booked (Ruffles - 82' )
  • 14 Hall
  • 15 Williams (Constable - 70' )
  • 17 Rose
  • 10 Smalley (Davies - 85' )
  • 11 Potter

Substitutes

  • 25 Jalal
  • 18 Davies
  • 34 Bevans
  • 20 Marsh
  • 35 O'Dowda
  • 09 Constable
  • 37 Ruffles
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 3,799

Match Stats

Shots

6 5

On target

2 4

Corners

6 1

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:11 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:50

Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

90:00 +4:32

Jack Compton is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +4:32 Booking

Booking

90:00 +3:36

Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:36

Steve Howard is sent off.

90:00 +2:36 Dismissal

Dismissal

90:00 +2:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Scott Davies.

90:00 +1:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Asa Hall - Hartlepool 1 - 3 Oxford Asa Hall scores a penalty. Hartlepool 1-3 Oxford Utd.

90:00 +0:38

Foul by Scott Flinders on Scott Davies, Penalty awarded.

89:01 Substitution

Substitution Antony Sweeney is brought on as a substitute for Simon Walton.

88:09

Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

87:47

Foul by Steve Howard on Michael Raynes, free kick awarded.

84:21 Substitution

Substitution Scott Davies comes on in place of Deane Smalley.

83:49 Substitution

Substitution Steve Howard replaces Neil Austin.

81:26 Substitution

Substitution Joshua Ruffels comes on in place of Sean Rigg.

78:15

The ball is swung over by Michael Duckworth.

77:44

Shot by Luke James.

75:17

The ball is swung over by Simon Walton.

74:11

Free kick taken by David Hunt.

73:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose by Matthew Dolan.

71:53

Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

71:43

Unfair challenge on Michael Duckworth by Deane Smalley results in a free kick.

71:21

Neil Austin produces a cross.

70:25

Jack Baldwin makes a clearance.

69:35 Substitution

Substitution James Constable joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Williams.

68:11

Clearance by Ryan Clarke.

68:05

Free kick crossed by Matthew Dolan.

67:49 Booking

Booking

67:49

Johnny Mullins booked.

67:25

Foul by Johnny Mullins on James Poole, free kick awarded.

66:16

Assist by Sean Rigg.

66:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Deane Smalley - Hartlepool 1 - 2 Oxford Deane Smalley scores with a right foot finish. Hartlepool 1-2 Oxford Utd.

64:43

Christian Burgess manages to make a clearance.

64:36

The ball is sent over by Tom Newey.

62:07

The ball is sent over by Sean Rigg.

61:23

David Hunt makes a clearance.

61:15

Jack Compton sends in a cross.

60:46

Clearance by Michael Raynes.

60:42

Corner taken by Jack Compton.

59:43

Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

59:22

The assistant referee signals for offside against Christian Burgess.

59:13

Matthew Dolan restarts play with the free kick.

58:55

Asa Hall concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Compton.

58:08

The ball is swung over by James Poole.

57:05

Tom Newey restarts play with the free kick.

56:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Newey by James Poole.

55:10

Clearance by Deane Smalley.

55:02

Corner taken by Jack Compton.

51:24

Shot by Matthew Dolan went wide of the left-hand post.

50:47

Strike comes in from Jack Compton from the free kick. Blocked by Danny Rose.

50:12

Tom Newey challenges James Poole unfairly and gives away a free kick.

49:23

Free kick crossed by Jack Compton.

49:11

David Hunt challenges Jack Compton unfairly and gives away a free kick.

47:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke James - Hartlepool 1 - 1 Oxford Luke James grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Hartlepool 1-1 Oxford Utd.

47:05

Clearance made by Tom Newey.

46:55

Jack Baldwin restarts play with the free kick.

46:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Poole by Sean Rigg.

46:22

Clearance made by Johnny Mullins.

46:16

Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.

46:02

Foul by Michael Raynes on Luke James, free kick awarded.

45:47

Jack Baldwin manages to make a clearance.

45:43

Sean Rigg sends in a cross.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:51

Clearance made by Michael Raynes.

45:00 +1:43

Matthew Dolan restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:05

Sean Rigg goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +1:05 Booking

Booking

45:00 +0:45

Unfair challenge on James Poole by Sean Rigg results in a free kick.

44:05

Scott Flinders takes the free kick.

43:58

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ryan Williams.

42:33

Clearance by Deane Smalley.

42:25

Corner taken by Jack Compton from the left by-line.

42:06

Johnny Mullins makes a clearance.

41:58

Jack Compton crosses the ball in from the free kick.

41:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke James by Johnny Mullins.

41:10

Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

40:56

Deane Smalley is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

40:52

Tom Newey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

40:20

Sean Rigg fouled by Andy Monkhouse, the ref awards a free kick.

39:40

Andy Monkhouse takes the free kick.

39:34

Foul by Asa Hall on Andy Monkhouse, free kick awarded.

39:03

Shot by Alfie Potter. Scott Flinders safely holds on.

38:21

David Hunt makes a clearance.

38:14

Jack Compton restarts play with the free kick.

37:55 Substitution

Substitution James Poole is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Franks.

37:30

Jack Compton fouled by David Hunt, the ref awards a free kick.

33:54

Centre by Jonathan Franks.

32:15

Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

31:53

The referee blows for offside against Deane Smalley.

30:31

Clearance by Johnny Mullins.

30:24

Jonathan Franks produces a cross.

27:00

Free kick taken by Scott Flinders.

26:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Dolan by Ryan Williams.

25:49

Shot by Simon Walton missed to the left of the target.

25:32

Corner taken by Jonathan Franks.

25:14

Matthew Dolan sends in a cross.

24:57

Deane Smalley manages to make a clearance.

24:42

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jack Compton.

22:58

Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

22:43

Alfie Potter is ruled offside.

21:45

Clearance made by Christian Burgess.

19:13

Danny Rose crosses the ball in from the free kick.

18:45

Neil Austin challenges Ryan Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick.

18:16

Neil Austin restarts play with the free kick.

18:09

Jack Baldwin fouled by Deane Smalley, the ref awards a free kick.

16:23

Sean Rigg takes a weak shot.

11:54

Michael Raynes makes a clearance.

11:44

Jack Baldwin takes the free kick.

11:34

Foul by Deane Smalley on Jack Baldwin, free kick awarded.

11:15

Simon Walton restarts play with the free kick.

11:10

Danny Rose is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

10:45

Clearance by Matthew Dolan.

10:18

Neil Austin makes a clearance.

10:13

Corner taken by Danny Rose.

8:11

Tom Newey takes the free kick.

7:58

Christian Burgess gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Williams.

7:36

Corner taken by Jonathan Franks.

7:09

Simon Walton takes a shot.

6:06

Shot by Asa Hall went wide right of the net.

4:27

Deane Smalley provided the assist for the goal.

4:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Williams - Hartlepool 0 - 1 Oxford Ryan Williams scores with a left foot finish. Hartlepool 0-1 Oxford Utd.

2:42

Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.

2:29

Jonathan Franks gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Asa Hall.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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