League One
Oxford UtdOxford United0Bristol RoversBristol Rovers2

A physically stronger Bristol Rovers put a dent in Oxford's play-off hopes with victory at the Kassam Stadium to leapfrog them in the table - and boost their own hopes of a top-six finish.

Ollie Clarke struck a fine opening goal in the 17th minute, cutting in from the right edge of the penalty area past Joe Skarz and then curling a shot just inside the far post from 16 yards.

Oxford's in-form striker Conor McAleny was unlucky to see his shot on the turn from Marvin Johnson's right-wing cross smack against the post.

And on 36 minutes, the Pirates doubled their lead with Stuart Sinclair capitalising on some poor defending to fire low past Simon Eastwood for his first goal of the season.

Clarke had sounded a warning in only the second minute with a fierce 20-yard drive that Eastwood managed to parry to his left.

McAleny also went close for Oxford with a free-kick just before the break that Joe Lumley pushed over.

The U's, so short of players because of injuries they did not have a striker on the bench, made more of a fist of it in the second half.

Lumley saved with his feet from McAleny, but Rovers finished comfortable winners in the end.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 25Raglan
  • 33DunkleyBooked at 7mins
  • 3SkarzSubstituted forRothwellat 45'minutes
  • 8Sercombe
  • 23LedsonBooked at 59mins
  • 4Lundstram
  • 28Johnson
  • 7MartínezBooked at 84mins
  • 11McAleny

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 14Ruffels
  • 18Rothwell
  • 22Long
  • 34Stevens
  • 35Carroll

Bristol Rovers

  • 31LumleyBooked at 85mins
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 33Sweeney
  • 3BrownBooked at 74mins
  • 14Lines
  • 24Sinclair
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMansellat 88'minutes
  • 23BodinSubstituted forMontañoat 79'minutes
  • 29JamesSubstituted forGaffneyat 62'minutes
  • 22Moore

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 7Mansell
  • 16Harris
  • 21Montaño
  • 30Gaffney
  • 35Burn
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
9,862

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 0, Bristol Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 0, Bristol Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marvin Johnson (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Marvin Johnson.

  6. Post update

    Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Antonio Martínez (Oxford United).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Lee Mansell replaces Ollie Clarke.

  9. Post update

    Cristian Montaño (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Johnson (Oxford United).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Booking

    Joe Lumley (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Booking

    Antonio Martínez (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Antonio Martínez (Oxford United).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

  17. Post update

    Conor McAleny (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cristian Montaño replaces Billy Bodin.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Conor McAleny (Oxford United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

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