League Two
Oxford Utd0Portsmouth0

Oxford United 0-0 Portsmouth

Oxford United lost further ground on the automatic promotion places in League Two after being held to a goalless draw by lowly Portsmouth.

Tom Newey headed Danny Rose's first-half corner over the bar.

Rose saw a cross-shot sail just wide, while David Hunt's dipping volley was two yards wide of Trevor Carson's goal.

Ryan Williams went close with a volley while Pompey's Joe Devera failed to connect with a chance and Carson kept out Johnny Mullins in injury time.

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Portsmouth manager Richie Barker told BBC Radio Solent:

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Post-match: Portsmouth boss Barker

"I don't think they'll be selling too many of those DVDs - it wasn't the most attractive. At times it's not our job to come away and be attractive and entertain other people's fans. It's our job to grind out results, become more difficult to beat and make sure we do the right things.

"They've predominantly been a top-four, top-six team throughout the season so they're up there and they're one of the best teams, that's why they are where they are.

"I'm pleased with the fact that we've now kept three clean sheets in four, one defeat in four and I'm pleased with the attitude of the players.

"I inherited a club that had the worst defensive record in the Football League, so we had to start somewhere and we need to make sure we become more difficult to beat. You can't keep conceding one or two, even three at times, goals per week and expect that you're going to score four."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 13Hunt
  • 3Newey
  • 19Mullins
  • 6Wright
  • 4RaynesBooked at 86mins
  • 22Wroe
  • 17Rose
  • 10SmalleySubstituted forConstableat 61'minutes
  • 15R WilliamsBooked at 53mins
  • 7Rigg

Substitutes

  • 9Constable
  • 18Davies
  • 20Marsh
  • 23Henly
  • 30Long
  • 34Bevans
  • 37Ruffles

Portsmouth

  • 40Carson
  • 15AlfeiBooked at 85mins
  • 14Painter
  • 17Shorey
  • 5DeveraBooked at 52mins
  • 6BradleyBooked at 86mins
  • 16Ferry
  • 31RaconBooked at 64minsSubstituted forPadovaniat 77'minutes
  • 23AgyemangSubstituted forBirdat 72'minutes
  • 20TaylorSubstituted forErtlat 90+4'minutes
  • 35WallaceBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 1Smith
  • 3N'Gala
  • 8Padovani
  • 9Connolly
  • 13Ertl
  • 18Bird
  • 36Whatmough
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
8,443

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 0, Portsmouth 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Portsmouth 0.
Attempt saved. John Mullins (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Johannes Ertl replaces Ryan Taylor.
Attempt missed. Sean Rigg (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.
Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).
Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Michael Raynes (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Jake Wright (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).
Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).
Marcos Painter (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. James Constable (Oxford United) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.
James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth).
Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Romain Padovani replaces Therry Racon.
James Constable (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).
Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jake Wright.
Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth).
John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth).
Attempt missed. David Hunt (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ryan Bird replaces Patrick Agyemang.
Attempt missed. John Mullins (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Danny Rose (Oxford United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.
Foul by Michael Raynes (Oxford United).
Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Therry Racon (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.
Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Therry Racon (Portsmouth).
Foul by Sean Rigg (Oxford United).
Sonny Bradley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Daniel Alfei (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. James Constable replaces Dean Smalley.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Scunthorpe2513841447
2Burton251366645
3Chesterfield2412841844
4Rochdale251348743
5Southend251267942
6Fleetwood241329941
7Oxford Utd2410951339
8Newport241086738
9Morecambe2710710-437
10Dag & Red269710034
11Plymouth25979-334
12Cheltenham25898-333
13Exeter259511-332
14York267109031
15Wimbledon258710-231
16Hartlepool258710-431
17Mansfield267811-929
18Wycombe247710-328
19Bury256910-427
20Portsmouth256910-927
21Bristol Rovers246810-426
22Accrington256811-826
23Torquay266812-1326
24Northampton255713-1422
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