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Oxford United 0-0 Newport County

Newport County took a hard-earned point at League Two leaders Oxford, whose shaky home form withstood the Welsh side's challenge.

The game was uninspiring for long periods and a draw was arguably a fair result.

County's Christian Jolley came closest to breaking the deadlock when he hit the bar late on.

But the game remained scoreless as Oxford remained top while Newport stayed five points adrift.

Oxford have now lost three, won three and drawn at home this season and it was Newport's seventh draw from 18 league games in 2013-14.

It also left Newport having not conceded a goal in almost nine hours of play.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Newport manager Justin Edinburgh told BBC Radio Wales:

"It wasn't a vintage performance in possession of the ball, but it's certainly very, very good without the ball.

"I thought we looked solid. [We] restricted Oxford to very few chances and at the end Christian Jolley's nearly snatched it for us.

"Whether or not we would have deserved it I don't know. But to come to the league leaders and again not look like conceding - we're certainly delighted with that.

"[We] perhaps didn't have that cutting edge in the game as we would have liked and as we have done a lot of times this season.

"But I certainly feel it was a very good performance."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 13Hunt
  • 3Newey
  • 17RoseBooked at 54mins
  • 4Raynes
  • 19Mullins
  • 15R WilliamsBooked at 3mins
  • 14Hall
  • 9Constable
  • 8Kitson
  • 37RufflesSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 67'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 18Davies
  • 20Marsh
  • 21Crocombe
  • 30Long
  • 32Lynn
  • 34Bevans
  • 35O'Dowda

Newport

  • 1Pidgeley
  • 18Jackson
  • 12Willmott
  • 20OshilajaBooked at 32mins
  • 22WorleyBooked at 65mins
  • 6YakubuBooked at 90mins
  • 7ChapmanBooked at 84mins
  • 8MinshullSubstituted forNaylorat 73'minutes
  • 23Jolley
  • 9CrowBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBarkerat 67'minutes
  • 14Washington

Substitutes

  • 2Pipe
  • 3Hughes
  • 13Sandell
  • 16Jones
  • 17Flynn
  • 19Naylor
  • 24Barker
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
5,042

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home4
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 0, Newport County 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Newport County 0.
Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Newport County) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Booking

Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).
Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Tom Naylor (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is too high.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Michael Raynes.
Foul by George Barker (Newport County).
Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Danny Rose.
Attempt blocked. George Barker (Newport County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Tom Naylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).
Christian Jolley (Newport County) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Booking

Adam Chapman (Newport County) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Adam Chapman (Newport County).
Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).
Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.
Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).
Foul by Ismail Yakubu (Newport County).
James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. George Barker (Newport County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Tom Newey.
Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).
Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Newport County).
Dave Kitson (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Ryan Jackson (Newport County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United).
Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Constable (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Newport County. Tom Naylor replaces Lee Minshull.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Ryan Clarke.
Attempt saved. Ismail Yakubu (Newport County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Danny Rose.
Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Oxford Utd189631533
2Chesterfield189631133
3Southend181026832
4Rochdale181026332
5Fleetwood181017831
6Scunthorpe18864330
7Burton18936230
8Newport18774528
9Dag & Red18765327
10Wimbledon18756226
11Morecambe18756-226
12Exeter18747-125
13Hartlepool18738124
14Plymouth18657-423
15Wycombe17647022
16Cheltenham18576-522
17Mansfield18567-421
18Portsmouth17557-520
19Accrington18558-520
20Bury18468-318
21York18468-418
22Bristol Rovers18378-716
23Torquay18369-1115
24Northampton183510-1014
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