Oxford climbed to sixth place in League Two with a deserved win over Torquay.

Torquay made a poor start, allowing Ryan Williams to run through the centre of their defence before feeding Deane Smalley to score with a simple finish.

Kevin Nicholson's free-kick and Joss Labadie's follow-up were Torquay's sole efforts in a disappointing first half.

Smalley's goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Anthony O'Connor, while Nicholson's free-kick hit the bar late on as Torquay stayed in the bottom two.

Oxford captain Jake Wright bravely headed the resulting loose ball over his own bar, but took a heavy knock in doing so and had to be carried off on a stretcher.

U's owner Ian Lenagan claimed after the game that boss Chris Wilder had quit the club, with the former Halifax manger linked to the Northampton Town vacancy.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 13 Hunt
  • 03 Newey
  • 22 Wroe
  • 19 Mullins
  • 06 Wright (Raynes - 95' )
  • 15 Williams
  • 17 Rose Booked
  • 10 Smalley
  • 09 Constable
  • 37 Ruffles (Rigg - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Raynes
  • 07 Rigg
  • 18 Davies
  • 20 Marsh
  • 23 Henly
  • 30 Long
  • 34 Bevans

Torquay United

  • 01 Poke
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 06 Lathrope (Bodin - 88' )
  • 04 Downes Booked
  • 05 Pearce
  • 07 Mansell
  • 18 Labadie Booked
  • 19 Stockley
  • 09 Hawley (Chapell - 72' )
  • 26 Benyon Booked (Goodwin - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Tonge
  • 10 Bodin
  • 11 Cameron
  • 12 Chapell
  • 13 Rice
  • 16 Cooper
  • 17 Goodwin
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 4,744

Match Stats

Shots

4 8

On target

1 1

Corners

4 3

Fouls

16 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 1, Torquay United 0.

90:00 +9:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Torquay United 0.

90:00 +8:59

Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

90:00 +4:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Michael Raynes replaces Jake Wright because of an injury.

90:00 +0:52

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Jake Wright.

90:00 +0:13

Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box following a set piece situation.

89:11

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:11

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

88:42

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:42

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

88:00

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

88:00

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

87:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Billy Bodin replaces Damon Lathrope.

86:20

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

84:41

Kevin Nicholson (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:41

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

82:59

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

80:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Shamir Goodwin replaces Elliot Benyon.

80:33

Attempt missed. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:13

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

78:13

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

77:21

Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

76:07

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

75:16 Booking

Booking Joss Labadie (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

75:13

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

75:13

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

73:49

Attempt missed. Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

73:07 Booking

Booking Aaron Downes (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

73:00

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

72:49

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

71:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Jordan Chapell replaces Karl Hawley.

71:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Sean Rigg replaces Josh Ruffles.

68:49 Booking

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

68:44

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:44

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

67:42

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffles (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

66:11

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

65:58

Attempt blocked. Dean Smalley (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

62:48

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

62:48

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:00

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

61:59

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

58:28 Booking

Booking Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

56:18

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:18

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

55:02

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

55:02

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:38

Attempt blocked. Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

49:07

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

49:07

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 1, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +1:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 1, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +0:48

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

45:00 +0:48

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

45:00 +0:09

Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

43:54

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

43:44

Attempt saved. Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

42:00

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

41:59

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

38:26

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:26

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

34:06

Foul by Elliot Benyon (Torquay United).

34:06

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

32:41

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:41

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

26:18

Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:18

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

25:27

Elliot Benyon (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:27

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

22:25

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

22:25

Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:00

Karl Hawley (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:58

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

16:49

Attempt missed. Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

16:14

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Jake Wright.

15:27

Foul by Josh Ruffles (Oxford United).

15:27

Karl Hawley (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

9:48

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

9:48

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

9:03

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

9:03

Aaron Downes (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:31

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

6:31

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 1, Torquay United 0. Dean Smalley (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Williams.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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