Oxford United lost further ground on the automatic promotion places in League Two after being held to a goalless draw by lowly Portsmouth.

Tom Newey headed Danny Rose's first-half corner over the bar.

Rose saw a cross-shot sail just wide, while David Hunt's dipping volley was two yards wide of Trevor Carson's goal.

Ryan Williams went close with a volley while Pompey's Joe Devera failed to connect with a chance and Carson kept out Johnny Mullins in injury time.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

"I don't think they'll be selling too many of those DVDs - it wasn't the most attractive. At times it's not our job to come away and be attractive and entertain other people's fans. It's our job to grind out results, become more difficult to beat and make sure we do the right things.

"They've predominantly been a top-four, top-six team throughout the season so they're up there and they're one of the best teams, that's why they are where they are.

"I'm pleased with the fact that we've now kept three clean sheets in four, one defeat in four and I'm pleased with the attitude of the players.

"I inherited a club that had the worst defensive record in the Football League, so we had to start somewhere and we need to make sure we become more difficult to beat. You can't keep conceding one or two, even three at times, goals per week and expect that you're going to score four."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (4)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 13 Hunt
  • 03 Newey
  • 19 Mullins
  • 06 Wright
  • 04 Raynes Booked
  • 22 Wroe
  • 17 Rose
  • 10 Smalley (Constable - 61' )
  • 15 Williams Booked
  • 07 Rigg

Substitutes

  • 09 Constable
  • 18 Davies
  • 20 Marsh
  • 23 Henly
  • 30 Long
  • 34 Bevans
  • 37 Ruffles

Portsmouth

  • 40 Carson
  • 15 Alfei Booked
  • 14 Painter
  • 17 Shorey
  • 05 Devera Booked
  • 06 Bradley Booked
  • 16 Ferry
  • 31 Racon Booked (Padovani - 77' )
  • 23 Agyemang (Bird - 72' )
  • 20 Taylor (Ertl - 94' )
  • 35 Wallace Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Smith
  • 03 N'Gala
  • 08 Padovani
  • 09 Connolly
  • 13 Ertl
  • 18 Bird
  • 36 Whatmough
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 8,443

Match Stats

Shots

13 4

On target

2 0

Corners

6 5

Fouls

13 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 0, Portsmouth 0.

90:00 +5:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Portsmouth 0.

90:00 +4:37

Attempt saved. John Mullins (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +3:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Ryan Taylor.

90:00 +0:40

Attempt missed. Sean Rigg (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

87:53

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

87:53

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:30 Booking

Booking Michael Raynes (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

85:09 Booking

Booking Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

84:33 Booking

Booking Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

84:00

Jake Wright (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:18

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

80:14

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

80:14

Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:58

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

78:02

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

78:02

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

77:42

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

76:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Romain Padovani replaces Therry Racon.

76:36

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

76:36

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

76:10

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jake Wright.

75:28

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

74:44

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

74:44

Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).

73:35

John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:35

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).

72:45

Attempt missed. David Hunt (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

71:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Portsmouth. Ryan Bird replaces Patrick Agyemang.

71:18

Attempt missed. John Mullins (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

65:02

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Oxford United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

63:55

Foul by Michael Raynes (Oxford United).

63:55

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:19 Booking

Booking Therry Racon (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

63:05

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

63:05

Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).

62:11

Foul by Sean Rigg (Oxford United).

62:11

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:39

Attempt missed. Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

60:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. James Constable replaces Dean Smalley.

58:36 Booking

Booking Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

58:29

David Hunt (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:29

Foul by Jed Wallace (Portsmouth).

58:14

Foul by John Mullins (Oxford United).

58:14

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:47

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Devera.

54:59

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

52:57 Booking

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

52:41

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

52:41

Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:34 Booking

Booking Joe Devera (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

51:00

Ryan Williams (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:32

Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

49:02

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Newey.

46:23

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tom Newey.

45:51

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

45:41

Attempt blocked. Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 0, Portsmouth 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 0, Portsmouth 0.

44:40

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

44:40

Foul by Marcos Painter (Portsmouth).

44:19

Foul by John Mullins (Oxford United).

44:19

Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:35

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

43:35

Therry Racon (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:45

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Michael Raynes.

37:42

Attempt missed. Michael Raynes (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

37:05

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Devera.

36:26

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Devera.

35:46

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Therry Racon.

35:11

Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:11

Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).

34:30

Attempt missed. David Hunt (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

33:26

Sean Rigg (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:26

Foul by Nicky Shorey (Portsmouth).

32:04

Attempt missed. Tom Newey (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

31:36

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Daniel Alfei.

28:36

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

28:36

Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).

23:20

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

19:54

Joe Devera (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:54

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

18:51

Attempt saved. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:10

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).

16:10

Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:49

Attempt missed. Sean Rigg (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

14:18

Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).

14:18

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

13:28

Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).

13:28

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

10:00

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:00

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

9:00

Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:00

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

8:02

Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:02

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

3:19

Attempt missed. Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

3:00

Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:58

Foul by Sean Rigg (Oxford United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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