League One
Bristol Rovers0Oxford Utd0

Bristol Rovers 0-0 Oxford United

Both sides struck the woodwork as Bristol Rovers and Oxford fought out a goalless League One draw at the Memorial Stadium.

Oxford defender Curtis Nelson nodded against the foot of a post from a 40th-minute free-kick, while Rovers striker Tom Nichols saw a 62nd-minute header bounce back off the crossbar.

The home side only came to life in the second half after manager Darrell Clarke sent on substitutes Kyle Bennett and Sam Matthews.

Oxford deserved to be ahead at the interval but Shandon Baptiste had a shot cleared off the line by Tom Lockyer before being substituted with a shoulder injury after 41 minutes.

Rovers keeper Jack Bonham made fine low saves to keep out shots from Marcus Browne and James Henry.

But Clarke's men were much more of a threat after the break, with Nichols, Ed Upson and the lively Bennett going close to snatching a winner.

In the end a draw was a fair outcome for two teams battling to improve on poor starts to the campaign.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 22Partington
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5CraigBooked at 16mins
  • 28Kelly
  • 24Sinclair
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes
  • 6Upson
  • 7SercombeBooked at 21mins
  • 10NicholsSubstituted forPayneat 84'minutes
  • 17JakubiakBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMatthewsat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Payne
  • 14Lines
  • 15J Clarke
  • 21Smith
  • 23Bennett
  • 26Matthews
  • 33Rodman

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 29McMahon
  • 4Dickie
  • 5Nelson
  • 14Ruffels
  • 17Henry
  • 15Mousinho
  • 26BaptisteSubstituted forCarruthersat 41'minutes
  • 16Whyte
  • 19MackieBooked at 41minsSubstituted forSmithat 90+1'minutes
  • 10BrowneBooked at 26minsSubstituted forHansonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Garbutt
  • 6Hanson
  • 9Smith
  • 11Carruthers
  • 22Raglan
  • 23Long
  • 41Mitchell
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
8,506

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Oxford United 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Sam Smith (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Sam Smith replaces Jamie Mackie.

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Robert Dickie.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stefan Payne replaces Tom Nichols because of an injury.

Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gavin Whyte (Oxford United).

Sam Matthews (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jamie Hanson replaces Marcus Browne.

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

Foul by Robert Dickie (Oxford United).

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

Attempt saved. Gavin Whyte (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers).

Samir Carruthers (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jamie Mackie (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box.

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Henry (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Partington.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Mackie (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Hand ball by Marcus Browne (Oxford United).

Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

Gavin Whyte (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by James Henry.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Josh Ruffels.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Sam Matthews replaces Alex Jakubiak.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Oxford United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Kyle Bennett replaces Ollie Clarke.

Half Time

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth14103124111333
2Peterborough1483330201027
3Sunderland1375126131326
4Accrington147521813526
5Barnsley1374226111525
6Doncaster147432419525
7Luton146442118322
8Walsall136431514122
9Charlton136342118321
10Coventry146351314-121
11Fleetwood145542113820
12Southend146261818020
13Blackpool12471149519
14Burton135261617-117
15Scunthorpe144552229-717
16Rochdale144462128-716
17Wycombe143651721-415
18Shrewsbury142661115-412
19Gillingham133371825-712
20Bristol Rovers14257913-411
21Wimbledon143291020-1011
22Oxford Utd142481323-1010
23Bradford1431101022-1210
24Plymouth141491125-147
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