League Two
Bristol Rovers1Oxford Utd1

Bristol Rovers 1-1 Oxford United

John Joe O'Toole

John-Joe O'Toole's late header earned struggling Bristol Rovers a point against high-flying Oxford United.

The former Watford midfielder nodded home Lee Brown's free-kick to deny Oxford second position in League Two.

James Constable had put the visitors ahead early on with a deft volley after Dave Kitson's cross was chested to him.

But O'Toole's equaliser means Rovers are two points above the relegation places, while managerless Oxford are third, a point clear of Rochdale.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Post-match: Bristol Rovers boss John Ward

"I can't remember who said it now, but it's all about keeping your head when others around you are losing theirs and I thought my team did that.

"We made some errors and mistakes, conditions were tough and we were a goal down to a very good team.

"We made some alterations around the team to try and get back in the game and credit to my players for getting back into the game.

"There are days when other things are going against us and you start to feel sorry for yourselves but I don't think my team did that."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Smith
  • 14Brown
  • 24O Clarke
  • 6ParkesBooked at 74mins
  • 29McChrystal
  • 30Lockyer
  • 32O'Toole
  • 16Gow
  • 19BeardsleyBooked at 24mins
  • 39MohamedSubstituted forGillespieat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Clarkson
  • 8Gillespie
  • 15Norburn
  • 17Harrison
  • 20Gough
  • 25Clucas
  • 34Keary

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 34Bevans
  • 3NeweyBooked at 83mins
  • 22Wroe
  • 13Hunt
  • 19Mullins
  • 17Rose
  • 37Ruffels
  • 9ConstableSubstituted forConnollyat 77'minutes
  • 8Kitson
  • 10Smalley

Substitutes

  • 11Potter
  • 18Davies
  • 20Marsh
  • 23Henly
  • 24Connolly
  • 30Long
  • 35O'Dowda
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
6,493

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Oxford United 1.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Tom Newey.

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Oxford United 1. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

Booking

Tom Newey (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Newey (Oxford United).

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. David Connolly replaces James Constable.

Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Mullins (Oxford United).

Booking

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by David Hunt.

Foul by Stephen Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

John Mullins (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nicky Wroe (Oxford United).

Foul by Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers).

Danny Rose (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stephen Gillespie replaces Kaid Mohamed.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Delay in match John Mullins (Oxford United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by David Hunt.

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Rose (Oxford United).

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Oxford United 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Oxford United 1.

Foul by Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt saved. Alan Gow (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chesterfield30151052155
2Scunthorpe30131341452
3Oxford Utd30131251651
4Rochdale2915591250
5Burton291487550
6Fleetwood28153101248
7Southend2913881147
8Newport261097539
9Dag & Red3010911-139
10Plymouth2910910-439
11Hartlepool3010812-338
12Wimbledon3010812-438
13Morecambe2910811-538
14York3181211-336
15Cheltenham298129-436
16Exeter299812-435
17Mansfield3081111-835
18Accrington288911-633
19Portsmouth3071211-933
20Bury2871110-332
21Bristol Rovers2971012-531
22Wycombe297913-630
23Torquay287813-1329
24Northampton285815-1823
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