David Connolly's second Oxford goal helped his new club beat Mansfield and boost their promotion push.

Both his strike and team-mate Nicky Wroe's were against the run of play as the Stags' Sam Clucas twice forced saves before Connolly's low shot.

Mansfield were looking to match Oxford's killer touch when Wroe collected the ball from 25 yards out and fired into the top corner.

Lively Clucas forced saves again but Deane Smalley's tap-in sealed the win.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"I think we had 14 attempts on target and another five to 10 off target.

"We had enough chances to win it and we are left scratching our heads.

"We had most of the ball, created some good chances and it is frustrating to get nothing from the game."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 34 Bevans
  • 03 Newey
  • 22 Wroe
  • 13 Hunt
  • 19 Mullins
  • 10 Smalley
  • 17 Rose
  • 09 Constable (Potter - 91' )
  • 08 Kitson Booked
  • 24 Connolly (Williams - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Potter
  • 15 Williams
  • 20 Marsh
  • 23 Henly
  • 30 Long
  • 35 O'Dowda
  • 37 Ruffels

Mansfield Town

  • 01 Marriott
  • 28 Westlake
  • 16 Jennings (Daniel - 17' )
  • 12 Tafazolli
  • 04 Dempster
  • 06 Riley (McGuire - 45' Booked )
  • 19 Clements
  • 13 Howell Booked (Palmer - 84' )
  • 10 Stevenson
  • 11 Clucas
  • 09 Rhead Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Sutton
  • 18 Hutchinson
  • 20 Meikle
  • 22 Deakin
  • 23 McGuire
  • 30 Daniel
  • 36 Palmer
Ref: Fred Graham
Att: 5,108

Match Stats

Shots

10 18

On target

6 8

Corners

1 6

Fouls

8 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 3, Mansfield Town 0.

90:00 +3:43 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 3, Mansfield Town 0.

90:00 +3:34

Attempt missed. Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90:00 +2:05

Attempt saved. Colin Daniel (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

90:00 +0:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Alfie Potter replaces James Constable.

89:15

Attempt missed. Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

86:50

Attempt missed. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

85:51 Booking

Booking Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

85:40

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

85:40

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

84:47

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Danny Rose.

83:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Ollie Palmer replaces Anthony Howell.

80:54

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

80:54

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

80:17

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by John Mullins.

78:21

Attempt saved. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

77:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Ryan Williams replaces David Connolly.

77:20 Booking

Booking Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

75:48

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by David Hunt.

73:51

Attempt saved. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

73:23

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

73:23

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:32

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

70:32

Foul by Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town).

69:48

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

69:21

Attempt saved. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:07 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 3, Mansfield Town 0. Dean Smalley (Oxford United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

67:58

James Constable (Oxford United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

66:50

Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

66:15

Matt Bevans (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

66:15

Foul by Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town).

65:36 Booking

Booking Dave Kitson (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

65:33

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

65:33

Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:40

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Darryl Westlake.

62:39 Booking

Booking Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

62:29

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

62:29

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

59:16

Attempt saved. Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

58:51

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

58:51

Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:47

Attempt saved. Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

54:36

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

54:23

Attempt saved. Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

53:11

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

53:11

Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 2, Mansfield Town 0. Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

51:16

Dean Smalley (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

51:16

Foul by Colin Daniel (Mansfield Town).

50:03

Matt Bevans (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

50:03

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

49:22

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

47:54

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

47:54

Chris Clements (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:13

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

47:13

Foul by Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town).

46:43

Attempt missed. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 1, Mansfield Town 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Jamie McGuire replaces Martin Riley because of an injury.

45:00 +5:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 1, Mansfield Town 0.

45:00 +3:34

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

45:00 +3:34

Foul by Darryl Westlake (Mansfield Town).

45:00 +2:28

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

45:00 +2:28

Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield Town).

45:00 +1:57

Attempt missed. Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00 +1:07

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

45:00 +1:07

Ryan Tafazolli (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:15

Attempt missed. Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

37:43

Attempt saved. James Constable (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

37:18

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

37:18

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

34:39

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

34:39

Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:49

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

33:49

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

33:34

Attempt blocked. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

28:46

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

28:46

Foul by Darryl Westlake (Mansfield Town).

26:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 1, Mansfield Town 0. David Connolly (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Newey.

25:03

Foul by Matthew Rhead (Mansfield Town).

25:03

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

23:25

Attempt missed. Chris Clements (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

22:29

Attempt saved. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

20:04

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Danny Rose.

19:57

Attempt blocked. Lee Stevenson (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:59

Attempt blocked. Colin Daniel (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:14

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

18:00

Attempt saved. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

16:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Colin Daniel replaces James Jennings because of an injury.

12:27

Foul by John Dempster (Mansfield Town).

12:27

David Connolly (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:42

Foul by Anthony Howell (Mansfield Town).

10:42

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

9:49

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

5:04

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

5:04

Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield Town).

3:48

James Jennings (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

3:48

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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