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Oxford United 3-0 Portsmouth

Oxford United made it two wins from two at the start of their League One campaign by beating Portsmouth at the Kassam Stadium.

Wes Thomas and Josh Ruffels were on target for the second week running, having both bagged in Oxford's season-opening victory at Oldham last week, while Gino van Kessel scored a brilliant individual goal.

It was the visitors who had the first sight at goal when Kyle Bennett tried his luck from 20 yards, which Simon Eastwood parried for a corner.

Jack Whatmough headed straight at the U's goalkeeper while Pompey forward Brett Pitman had a goal disallowed for a push in the back just before half-time.

Oxford capitalised on the let-off early in the second half when Thomas bundled in from three yards after Luke McGee failed to hold Christian Ribeiro's cross-shot.

It remained that way until the 82nd minute, when substitute Van Kessel, signed on loan from Slavia Prague, marked his introduction by beating two defenders and slamming home an angled drive.

Ruffels then slid in a third in the fourth minute of stoppage time to complete Pompey's miserable second half.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Eastwood
  • 2Ribeiro
  • 5Nelson
  • 4Williamson
  • 21Ferreira da Silva
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forvan Kesselat 79'minutes
  • 14Ruffels
  • 8Ledson
  • 17HenrySubstituted forHallat 76'minutes
  • 10Payne
  • 9ThomasSubstituted forObikaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Martin
  • 7Hall
  • 13Shearer
  • 18Rothwell
  • 20Obika
  • 35Carroll
  • 39van Kessel

Portsmouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McGee
  • 25TalbotSubstituted forBakerat 69'minutes
  • 6Burgess
  • 16Whatmough
  • 38Haunstrup
  • 4Rose
  • 30May
  • 23Bennett
  • 8Pitman
  • 26Evans
  • 22NaismithSubstituted forChaplinat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Davies
  • 7Baker
  • 14Main
  • 15Kabamba
  • 19Chaplin
  • 33Close
  • 35Bass
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
9,510

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 3, Portsmouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 3, Portsmouth 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Oxford United 3, Portsmouth 0. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Payne.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  5. Post update

    Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Robert Hall (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Oxford United 2, Portsmouth 0. Gino van Kessel (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Robert Hall.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Danny Rose (Portsmouth).

  13. Post update

    Jack Payne (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Gino van Kessel replaces Marvin Johnson.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robert Hall (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jack Payne (Oxford United).

  18. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Luke McGee.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Obika (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Robert Hall replaces James Henry.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Oxford Utd22005056
2Peterborough22006246
3Fleetwood22003036
4Bradford22003126
5Shrewsbury22002026
6Doncaster21103124
7Rotherham21015233
8Plymouth21013213
9Bury11001013
10Wigan11001013
11Blackpool21012203
12Walsall21012203
13Portsmouth210123-13
14Charlton210112-13
15Southend210126-43
16Scunthorpe20202202
17Wimbledon201112-11
18Gillingham201101-11
19Rochdale201113-21
20MK Dons200202-20
21Northampton200202-20
22Blackburn200225-30
23Oldham200214-30
24Bristol Rovers200215-40
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