Dave Kitson and James Constable helped Oxford move back into the League Two play-off places as they beat Plymouth.

Kitson volleyed Oxford ahead from close range while Argyle's task was made more difficult by the 49th-minute dismissal of French defender Maxine Blanchard.

Constable smashed in an unstoppable second from 20 yards while Oxford's Nicky Wroe also hit the bar.

Plymouth's Curtis Nelson's header was tipped onto the bar by keeper Ryan Clarke as Oxford held out for victory.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 01 Cole
  • 27 Gurrieri
  • 19 Thomas (Berry - 70' )
  • 17 Nelson
  • 16 Trotman
  • 04 Blanchard Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 15 Wotton (Blizzard - 59' )
  • 07 Alessandra
  • 09 Reid
  • 18 Harvey (Showunmi - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Berry
  • 08 Boco
  • 10 Morgan
  • 11 Blizzard
  • 20 Banton
  • 29 Showunmi
  • 32 Dawson

Oxford United

  • 01 Clarke
  • 13 Hunt
  • 03 Newey
  • 22 Wroe
  • 04 Raynes
  • 06 Wright
  • 15 Williams
  • 37 Ruffels
  • 08 Kitson (Whing - 82' )
  • 09 Constable (Davies - 89' )
  • 35 O'Dowda (Potter - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Potter
  • 16 Whing
  • 17 Rose
  • 18 Davies
  • 21 Crocombe
  • 24 Connolly
  • 34 Bevans
Ref: Mick Russell
Att: 8,161

Match Stats

Shots

9 15

On target

6 4

Corners

5 8

Fouls

13 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Oxford United 2.

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Oxford United 2.

90:00 +1:45

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Durrell Berry.

90:00 +0:15

Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:15

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

88:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Scott Davies replaces James Constable.

88:05

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

86:01

Attempt missed. Alfie Potter (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

85:08

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

85:08

Foul by Enoch Showunmi (Plymouth Argyle).

81:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Andrew Whing replaces Dave Kitson.

80:53

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

80:27

Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:14

Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

79:14

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:42

Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

71:57

Attempt missed. Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

70:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Alfie Potter replaces Callum O'Dowda.

70:09

Attempt missed. Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

69:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Durrell Berry replaces Nathan Thomas.

67:57

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

67:26

Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:26

Foul by Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle).

62:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 0, Oxford United 2. James Constable (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Callum O'Dowda.

62:12

Attempt blocked. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

60:20

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

60:20

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

58:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Enoch Showunmi replaces Tyler Harvey.

58:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Dominic Blizzard replaces Paul Wotton.

57:03

Foul by Ryan Williams (Oxford United).

57:03

Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:35

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Dave Kitson.

54:18

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

53:55

Attempt saved. Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

53:02

Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).

53:02

Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:33

Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

51:25

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

51:25

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle).

49:46

Attempt missed. Michael Raynes (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

49:06 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

49:00

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

48:58

Foul by Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

45:00

Second Half begins Plymouth Argyle 0, Oxford United 1.

45:00 +2:24 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Oxford United 1.

45:00 +0:47

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

45:00 +0:47

Foul by Paul Wotton (Plymouth Argyle).

44:39

Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

44:04

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high following a corner.

43:51

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.

43:41

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

43:19

Attempt saved. Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

42:43

Attempt blocked. Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:00

Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:53

Foul by Andres Gurrieri (Plymouth Argyle).

40:40

Tom Newey (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:40

Foul by Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle).

36:02

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by David Hunt.

35:40

Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:34

Foul by David Hunt (Oxford United).

33:34

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Plymouth Argyle 0, Oxford United 1. Dave Kitson (Oxford United) right footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Williams.

31:53 Booking

Booking Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

31:41

Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:41

Foul by Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

27:25

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

26:30

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Paul Wotton.

26:17

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jake Cole.

25:57

Attempt saved. Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:20

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

22:48

Attempt saved. Dave Kitson (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:33

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

20:33

Foul by Paul Wotton (Plymouth Argyle).

16:26

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Paul Wotton.

15:45

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

15:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

15:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

14:27

Delay in match Ryan Williams (Oxford United) because of an injury.

14:02

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

13:30

Hand ball by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

10:25

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Andres Gurrieri.

8:49

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

7:43

Foul by Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle).

7:43

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

5:33

Attempt missed. Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

2:21

Attempt blocked. Nicky Wroe (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

1:04

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle).

1:04

James Constable (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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