Newport County took a hard-earned point at League Two leaders Oxford, whose shaky home form withstood the Welsh side's challenge.

The game was uninspiring for long periods and a draw was arguably a fair result.

County's Christian Jolley came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the bar late on.

But the game remained scoreless as Oxford remained top while Newport stayed five points adrift.

Oxford have now lost three, won three and drawn at home this season and it was Newport's seventh draw from 18 league games in 2013-14.

It also left Newport having not conceded a goal in almost nine hours of play.

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Newport manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It wasn't a vintage performance in possession of the ball, but it's certainly very, very good without the ball.

"I thought we looked solid. [We] restricted Oxford to very few chances and at the end Christian Jolley's nearly snatched it for us.

"Whether or not we would have deserved it I don't know. But to come to the league leaders and again not look like conceding - we're certainly delighted with that.

"[We] perhaps didn't have that cutting edge in the game as we would have liked and as we have done a lot of times this season.

"But I certainly feel it was a very good performance."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (3)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 13 Hunt
  • 03 Newey
  • 17 Rose Booked
  • 04 Raynes
  • 19 Mullins
  • 15 Williams Booked
  • 14 Hall
  • 09 Constable
  • 08 Kitson
  • 37 Ruffles (O'Dowda - 67' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 18 Davies
  • 20 Marsh
  • 21 Crocombe
  • 30 Long
  • 32 Lynn
  • 34 Bevans
  • 35 O'Dowda

Newport County

  • 01 Pidgeley
  • 18 Jackson
  • 12 Willmott
  • 20 Oshilaja Booked
  • 22 Worley Booked
  • 06 Yakubu Booked
  • 07 Chapman Booked
  • 08 Minshull (Naylor - 73' )
  • 23 Jolley
  • 09 Crow Booked (Barker - 67' )
  • 14 Washington

Substitutes

  • 02 Pipe
  • 03 Hughes
  • 13 Sandell
  • 16 Jones
  • 17 Flynn
  • 19 Naylor
  • 24 Barker
Ref: Darren Sheldrake
Att: 5,042

Match Stats

Shots

4 8

On target

1 1

Corners

2 8

Fouls

12 23

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 0, Newport County 0.

90:00 +5:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Newport County 0.

90:00 +2:51

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Newport County) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

90:00 +0:34 Booking

Booking Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:24

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

90:00 +0:24

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:05

Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is too high.

88:35

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

87:01

Foul by George Barker (Newport County).

87:01

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:07

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Danny Rose.

85:49

Attempt blocked. George Barker (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

84:43

Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:43

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

84:07

Christian Jolley (Newport County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

83:23 Booking

Booking Adam Chapman (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

83:10

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

83:10

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:31

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

82:31

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:52 Booking

Booking Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

80:39

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:39

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).

79:31

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

79:31

James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:55

Attempt missed. George Barker (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

78:08

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Tom Newey.

76:40

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:40

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).

76:13

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County).

76:13

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:51

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:51

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).

74:00

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:00

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

72:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. Tom Naylor replaces Lee Minshull.

71:22

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

71:12

Attempt saved. Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

70:42

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Danny Rose.

69:36

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

68:32

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Callum O'Dowda.

66:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newport County. George Barker replaces Danny Crow.

66:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Callum O'Dowda replaces Josh Ruffles.

65:50

Attempt missed. David Hunt (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

64:50 Booking

Booking Harry Worley (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

64:34

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:34

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

61:10 Booking

Booking Danny Crow (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

60:53

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:53

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

58:13

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

58:13

Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:34

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:34

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

53:22 Booking

Booking Danny Rose (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

53:11

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

53:11

Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:12

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

51:12

Lee Minshull (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:40

Tom Newey (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:40

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Newport County).

49:34

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:34

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

49:04

Attempt missed. Lee Minshull (Newport County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

48:33

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Tom Newey.

46:49

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

46:49

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 0, Newport County 0.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 0, Newport County 0.

44:48

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

44:48

Josh Ruffles (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:14

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

43:13

Christian Jolley (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:13

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

38:34

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County).

38:34

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:32

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) header from very close range is too high.

36:12

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

35:24

Foul by Harry Worley (Newport County).

35:24

James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:14 Booking

Booking Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.

31:05

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County).

31:05

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:18

Attempt missed. Adam Chapman (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

26:29

Adam Chapman (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:29

Foul by Asa Hall (Oxford United).

23:36

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

23:36

Asa Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:31

Asa Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:31

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

13:29

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

13:29

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:27

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

11:27

Robbie Willmott (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:03

John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:03

Foul by Danny Crow (Newport County).

7:03

Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).

7:03

(Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:50

Attempt saved. James Constable (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

5:00

Attempt missed. Michael Raynes (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

4:01

Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).

4:01

Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:39 Booking

Booking Ryan Williams (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

2:26

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:26

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

0:44

Foul by Lee Minshull (Newport County).

0:44

Asa Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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