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Oxford United 1-3 Rotherham United

Kyle Vassell struck twice as Rotherham crushed Oxford at the Kassam Stadium to storm to the top of League One.

It was the Millers' fourth league win on the spin and came after a stunning opening 45 minutes.

The U's had not conceded at home in the league since last August but found themselves three goals down by half-time.

Vassell, who was on loan at Oxford five years ago, converted Chiedozie Ogbene's right-wing cross in the 16th minute with a crisp first-time finish.

The striker ran on to Dan Barlaser's ball through the middle to lob Simon Eastwood after 33 minutes and make it 2-0.

And in first-half stoppage time Vassell turned provider with a cross from the right that skipper Richard Wood tucked in from close range.

Shell-shocked Oxford brought on new signings Nathan Holland and Marcus Browne for the second half and Browne pulled one back after 71 minutes, drilling in a low shot after Millers could not clear Mark Sykes' cross.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 12LongBooked at 83mins
  • 4Dickie
  • 5Moore
  • 3Ruffels
  • 16Baptiste
  • 6GorrinBooked at 8minsSubstituted forHollandat 45'minutes
  • 8BrannaganSubstituted forBrowneat 45'minutes
  • 18Sykes
  • 19MackieSubstituted forTaylorat 61'minutes
  • 11Fosu-Henry

Substitutes

  • 7Hall
  • 9Taylor
  • 13Stevens I
  • 15Mousinho
  • 27Holland
  • 28Kelly
  • 30Browne

Rotherham

  • 1Iversen
  • 8WilesBooked at 52mins
  • 20Ihiekwe
  • 6Wood
  • 22Olosunde
  • 19Ogbene
  • 17Crooks
  • 11BarlaserSubstituted forClarkeat 90+2'minutes
  • 14AdelakunSubstituted forLindsayat 71'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 7VassellSubstituted forLadapoat 76'minutes
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 10Ladapo
  • 16Lindsay
  • 18Clarke
  • 23Hastie
  • 26Lamy
  • 30Bilboe
  • 32Kayode
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
8,077

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 1, Rotherham United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Oxford United 1, Rotherham United 3.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt blocked. Mark Sykes (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Holland.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Trevor Clarke replaces Daniel Barlaser.

Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Browne (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Dickie.

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

Foul by Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Freddie Ladapo (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Smith.

Offside, Oxford United. Sam Long tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marcus Browne (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Sam Long (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jamie Lindsay (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marcus Browne (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Rotherham United).

Foul by Robert Dickie (Oxford United).

Michael Smith (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Robert Dickie (Oxford United).

Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Daniel Iversen.

Attempt saved. Marcus Browne (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Josh Ruffels.

Foul by Marcus Browne (Oxford United).

Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Freddie Ladapo replaces Kyle Vassell.

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Daniel Barlaser (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Mark Sykes (Oxford United).

Matt Crooks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jamie Lindsay replaces Hakeeb Adelakun.

Goal!

Goal! Oxford United 1, Rotherham United 3. Marcus Browne (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Sykes with a cross.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Chiedozie Ogbene.

Offside, Oxford United. Mark Sykes tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Offside, Oxford United. Sam Long tries a through ball, but Tariqe Fosu-Henry is caught offside.

Elliott Moore (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Olosunde (Rotherham United).

Simon Eastwood (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rotherham25135745261944
2Wycombe2512853226644
3Ipswich24118537231441
4Coventry24101133526941
5Oxford Utd24116742251739
6Sunderland24108635241138
7Portsmouth2410863629738
8Doncaster23107636231337
9Peterborough25107844341037
10Fleetwood2310673730736
11Burton2410683330336
12Bristol Rovers2410683032-236
13Blackpool2481063228434
14Gillingham2581072824434
15Shrewsbury248972226-433
16Lincoln City2594123032-231
17Accrington2578103537-229
18Rochdale2584132941-1228
19MK Dons2574142737-1025
20Wimbledon2566133038-824
21Tranmere2457122743-1622
22Southend2517172765-3810
23Bolton2247111848-307
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