Burton's automatic promotion hopes were boosted with victory at Oxford, whose own aspirations suffered a setback.

Dominic Knowles put Burton ahead after being played in by Zeli Ismail.

Ismail doubled their lead, firing in the rebound after Jimmy Phillips' shot was parried by Ryan Clarke, who soon after saved a Billy Kee penalty.

Oxford rallied and Ryan Williams converted David Connolly's through ball, but James Constable was denied an equaliser when he hit the post.

The result lifted fourth-placed Burton to within two points of the automatic promotion places, with Oxford now six behind the top three.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 13 Hunt Booked (Potter - 82' )
  • 03 Newey
  • 22 Wroe
  • 19 Mullins
  • 06 Wright
  • 15 Williams
  • 17 Rose
  • 09 Constable
  • 08 Kitson (Connolly - 30' )
  • 10 Smalley (Rigg - 87' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 04 Raynes
  • 07 Rigg
  • 11 Potter
  • 18 Davies
  • 23 Henly
  • 24 Connolly
  • 37 Ruffels

Burton Albion

  • 01 Lainton
  • 02 Edwards
  • 14 McCrory
  • 08 Weir
  • 06 Sharps Booked (Holness - 71' )
  • 25 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 19 Ismail
  • 23 Palmer
  • 18 Knowles (Bell - 62' Booked )
  • 29 Kee
  • 17 Phillips (Gray - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Bell
  • 11 MacDonald
  • 16 Lyness
  • 20 McGurk
  • 21 Holness
  • 26 Gray
  • 28 Symes
Ref: Andy Woolmer
Att: 5,413

Match Stats

Shots

11 11

On target

4 6

Corners

4 5

Fouls

16 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 1, Burton Albion 2.

90:00 +6:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Burton Albion 2.

90:00 +6:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +5:09

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +4:25

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

90:00 +4:25

Foul by Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion).

90:00 +1:12

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by David Gray.

90:00 +0:25

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Damien McCrory.

89:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. David Gray replaces Jimmy Phillips.

88:34 Booking

Booking Lee Bell (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

88:24

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

88:24

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:02 Booking

Booking Sean Rigg (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

87:00

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:51

Foul by Sean Rigg (Oxford United).

86:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Sean Rigg replaces Dean Smalley.

82:53

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

82:53

Marcus Holness (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Alfie Potter replaces David Hunt.

81:25

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

81:25

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:03

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

78:27

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

78:27

Billy Kee (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:05

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

77:05

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

75:55

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

75:55

Foul by Marcus Holness (Burton Albion).

74:52

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

74:52

Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:33

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Robert Lainton.

74:16

Attempt saved. David Connolly (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

73:06

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Newey.

70:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Holness replaces Ian Sharps because of an injury.

69:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:32

Delay in match Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

66:37

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

66:37

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:25

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Danny Rose.

64:49

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

64:49

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

63:12

Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

61:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Lee Bell replaces Dominic Knowles.

59:49 Booking

Booking David Hunt (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

59:38

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

59:38

Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:41

Attempt saved. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

56:18

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

56:18

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion).

55:34

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

55:00

Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:58

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

54:08

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

53:15

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

53:15

Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 1, Burton Albion 2. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by David Connolly following a fast break.

50:59

Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

50:11 Booking

Booking Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

50:07

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

50:07

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

49:39

Attempt blocked. David Connolly (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:39

Attempt saved. David Connolly (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 0, Burton Albion 2.

45:00 +1:57 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 0, Burton Albion 2.

45:00 +1:19

Attempt missed. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

45:00 +0:23

Attempt blocked. David Hunt (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:18

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

44:18

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

43:41

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

43:41

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

41:47

Attempt saved. Ian Sharps (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:25

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

41:07

Attempt saved. Jimmy Phillips (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

37:23

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

37:23

Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:21

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

36:21

Foul by Damien McCrory (Burton Albion).

35:38

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

35:38

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:37

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

33:37

Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).

33:02

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Newey.

29:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. David Connolly replaces Dave Kitson because of an injury.

27:17

Penalty saved! Billy Kee (Burton Albion) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

27:00

Penalty Burton Albion. Jimmy Phillips draws a foul in the penalty area.

26:36

Penalty conceded by David Hunt (Oxford United) after a foul in the penalty area.

25:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 0, Burton Albion 2. Zeli Ismail (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

23:45

Attempt missed. Dean Smalley (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

22:42

Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a fast break.

21:22

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ian Sharps.

19:41

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

19:41

Foul by Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion).

18:45

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

18:45

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

18:33

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by John Mullins.

18:17

Attempt blocked. Billy Kee (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:25

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

17:25

Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:03

Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:03

Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

13:48

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

13:48

Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:36

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

9:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 0, Burton Albion 1. Dominic Knowles (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Zeli Ismail.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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