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Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Oxford United

Doncaster inflicted only the second defeat in 16 matches on Oxford with a 1-0 triumph at the Keepmoat.

Rovers found themselves under pressure for long periods of the clash but went ahead through Reece James in the first half and soaked up pressure well.

Oxford started the stronger and should have been ahead early on when Matt Taylor was presented with a free header but sent it wide.

Doncaster settled into the game and took the lead after 34 minutes.

Full-back James latched onto a flick-on from Niall Ennis and lashed a shot into the far corner from a tight angle.

Oxford, as expected, pushed hard for the equaliser in the second half but found clear-cut opportunities hard to come by.

The visitors saw an effort cleared off the line after a Taylor header spun off the post.

And Joe Wright hacked clear for Rovers after the striker slammed a loose ball on goal from 15 yards with Oxford struggling to craft chances in the late stages.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 24Dieng
  • 2Halliday
  • 5Wright
  • 4Anderson
  • 3JamesBooked at 57mins
  • 8Whiteman
  • 6Sheaf
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forWattersat 64'minutes
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forGomesat 66'minutes
  • 7Sadlier
  • 31EnnisSubstituted forThomasat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lawlor
  • 12Gomes
  • 16Amos
  • 22Watters
  • 27Greaves
  • 33Daniels
  • 39Thomas

Oxford Utd

  • 26Archer
  • 2Cadden
  • 4Dickie
  • 15Mousinho
  • 3Ruffels
  • 17HenryBooked at 74mins
  • 6GorrinSubstituted forMackieat 70'minutes
  • 16Baptiste
  • 18SykesSubstituted forHallat 70'minutes
  • 9Taylor
  • 11Fosu-HenrySubstituted forAgyeiat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Moore
  • 7Hall
  • 12Long
  • 13Stevens
  • 19Mackie
  • 23Agyei
  • 47Lopes
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
7,524

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home4
Away22
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Oxford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Oxford United 0.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Max Watters.

Attempt missed. Robert Dickie (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Hall with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Reece James.

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Kwame Thomas tries a through ball, but Madger Gomes is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Robert Dickie (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shandon Baptiste.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Robert Dickie.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Daniel Agyei replaces Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

Foul by Robert Hall (Oxford United).

Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Kwame Thomas replaces Niall Ennis.

Robert Dickie (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Madger Gomes (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Oxford United).

Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Brad Halliday (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt saved. John Mousinho (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Hall with a cross.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Reece James.

Booking

James Henry (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Henry (Oxford United).

Max Watters (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Max Watters (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Reece James.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Jamie Mackie replaces Alex Rodriguez.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Robert Hall replaces Mark Sykes.

Attempt missed. Shandon Baptiste (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

Attempt saved. Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Oxford United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by James Henry with a cross.

Mark Sykes (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Reece James (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Madger Gomes replaces James Coppinger.

Attempt missed. Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tariqe Fosu-Henry with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Joe Wright.

Robert Dickie (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Max Watters replaces Jon Taylor.

Matty Taylor (Oxford United) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Robert Dickie with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Chris Cadden (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Sheaf (Doncaster Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe24128432221044
2Rotherham24125742251741
3Coventry23101033425940
4Oxford Utd23116641221939
5Ipswich23108533221138
6Peterborough24106844341036
7Fleetwood2210663729836
8Bristol Rovers2310673030036
9Portsmouth239863428635
10Blackpool2481063228434
11Gillingham248972824433
12Burton239683230233
13Sunderland228862823532
14Shrewsbury228862123-232
15Doncaster218763223931
16Lincoln City2393112828030
17Accrington247893433129
18Rochdale2474132741-1425
19Wimbledon2466122936-724
20MK Dons2473142636-1024
21Tranmere2356122743-1621
22Southend2416172765-389
23Bolton2147101846-287
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