Lucas Akins scored on his debut for Burton as Michael Appleton's first game in charge of Oxford ended in defeat.

Akins pounced from eight yards in the 42nd minute after Stuart Beavon's powerful run past two defenders on the left carved open Oxford's defence.

Dominic Knowles squandered a good chance for Burton when he miss-kicked from eight yards out.

Alfie Potter went close for Oxford when his header from Joe Riley's right-wing cross was kept out by Jon McLaughlin.

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Oxford:

"It was a little bit frustrating.

"Burton defended very well, the only disappointment is that I want the players to be braver and take a few more risks.

"First game, 90 minutes and as long as we improve in those little areas we will be fine.

"It was a poor goal to concede, after that it's up to us to break them down. We probed but lacked bravery. The players at the club whose job it is to create magic in and around the box are the ones who have to step up."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Oxford United

  • 18 Long Booked
  • 04 Raynes (Mullins - 44' )
  • 25 Riley
  • 03 Newey
  • 06 Wright
  • 08 Brown (Hylton - 70' )
  • 11 Potter
  • 14 Ruffels
  • 19 Collins Booked
  • 09 Morris
  • 07 Rose (O'Dowda - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Meades
  • 05 Mullins
  • 10 Hylton
  • 13 Hunt
  • 15 O'Dowda
  • 21 Crocombe
  • 31 Roberts

Burton Albion

  • 01 McLaughlan
  • 05 Taft
  • 15 McFadzean
  • 02 Edwards Booked
  • 06 Sharps
  • 10 Akins
  • 08 Weir
  • 11 MacDonald Booked (McGurk - 76' )
  • 04 Mousinho
  • 09 Beavon (Kee - 86' )
  • 18 Knowles (Palmer - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 16 Lyness
  • 20 McGurk
  • 23 Palmer
  • 24 Slade
  • 27 Harness
  • 29 Kee
Ref: Darren Handley
Att: 5,370

Match Stats

Shots

5 2

On target

3 2

Corners

4 3

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Oxford United 0, Burton Albion 1.

90:00 +4:54 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Burton Albion 1.

90:00 +4:02

Foul by Michael Collins (Oxford United).

90:00 +4:02

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:39

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

90:00 +3:39

Foul by Billy Kee (Burton Albion).

90:00 +3:06

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

90:00 +1:38 Booking

Booking Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:34

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

90:00 +1:34

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

90:00 +0:50

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tom Newey.

85:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Billy Kee replaces Stuart Beavon.

84:52

Alfie Potter (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:52

Foul by Ian Sharps (Burton Albion).

82:11

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

82:11

Foul by Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion).

80:33 Booking

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

80:27

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:27

Foul by Michael Collins (Oxford United).

76:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Callum O'Dowda replaces Danny Rose.

75:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Adam McGurk replaces Alexander MacDonald.

72:55

Michael Collins (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:55

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

69:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. Danny Hylton replaces Junior Brown.

67:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burton Albion. Matthew Palmer replaces Dominic Knowles.

66:20 Booking

Booking George Long (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

66:15

Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:15

Foul by George Long (Oxford United).

65:34

Foul by Lucas Akins (Burton Albion).

65:34

Junior Brown (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:46

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:46

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

58:40

Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).

58:40

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

58:01

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

58:01

Foul by Alfie Potter (Oxford United).

57:53

Foul by Robbie Weir (Burton Albion).

57:53

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

57:06

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

54:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:24

Delay in match Robbie Weir (Burton Albion) because of an injury.

51:25

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

51:25

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

48:51

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

45:00

Second Half begins Oxford United 0, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +3:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Oxford United 0, Burton Albion 1.

45:00 +2:09

Foul by Junior Brown (Oxford United).

45:00 +2:09

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Oxford United. John Mullins replaces Michael Raynes because of an injury.

41:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Oxford United 0, Burton Albion 1. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stuart Beavon.

40:35

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Jake Wright.

38:49

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.

33:32

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Lucas Akins.

33:08

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jon McLaughlan.

32:42

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

25:27

Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).

25:27

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

24:20

Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).

24:20

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

23:29

Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:29

Foul by Junior Brown (Oxford United).

23:03

Attempt saved. Stuart Beavon (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

16:58

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by George Taft.

14:24

Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:24

Foul by Carlton Morris (Oxford United).

13:24 Booking

Booking Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card.

13:05

Foul by Alexander MacDonald (Burton Albion).

13:05

Joe Riley (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:23

Foul by John Mousinho (Burton Albion).

10:23

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

7:33

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Junior Brown.

5:13

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

3:37

Foul by Philip Edwards (Burton Albion).

3:37

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

3:00

John Mousinho (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:00

Foul by Junior Brown (Oxford United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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