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Oxford United 4-0 Northampton Town

Oxford grabbed four second-half goals as they thrashed a weakened Northampton side to secure their first league win in six games.

Matt Taylor struck twice to take his tally for the season to seven.

Oxford's Josh Ruffels shot against the post before the break while for Northampton, Fraser Horsfall headed a corner wide.

Striker Taylor began the rout by heading in from three yards after Sean Clare's cross looped over goalkeeper Steve Arnold four minutes after the break.

Olamide Shodipo then doubled the U's lead in the 65th minute, firing into the bottom corner after cutting in from the left.

Taylor got his second when he headed in Jordan Obita's centre a minute from time.

And in stoppage time, substitute Dan Agyei fired in a brilliant individual effort from 20 yards to complete the scoring.

The beleaguered visitors were without 10 players because of injuries and suspensions, including five defenders.

Boss Keith Curle gave a first start to 17-year-old Max Dyche, son of Burnley manager Sean.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Stevens
  • 12Long
  • 5Moore
  • 15MousinhoSubstituted forClareat 45'minutes
  • 3Ruffels
  • 18McGuaneSubstituted forAgyeiat 86'minutes
  • 6Gorrin
  • 28KellyBooked at 72minsSubstituted forHansonat 76'minutes
  • 17HenrySubstituted forHallat 90+1'minutes
  • 9TaylorBooked at 90mins
  • 25ShodipoSubstituted forObitaat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Eastwood
  • 2Clare
  • 7Hall
  • 14Forde
  • 19Agyei
  • 20Hanson
  • 24Obita

Northampton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Arnold
  • 7Hoskins
  • 32Dyche
  • 6Horsfall
  • 2Harriman
  • 8Watson
  • 14LinesSubstituted forAdamsat 61'minutes
  • 4SowerbySubstituted forMissilouat 69'minutes
  • 29RoseSubstituted forChukwuemekaat 55'minutes
  • 9Smith
  • 21HolmesBooked at 44mins

Substitutes

  • 10Adams
  • 11Korboa
  • 13Mitchell
  • 22Ashley-Seal
  • 27Missilou
  • 30Chukwuemeka
  • 45Marshall
Referee:
Declan Bourne
Attendance:
2,000

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home21
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 4, Northampton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 4, Northampton Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Jack Stevens (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Harry Smith (Northampton Town).

  5. Booking

    Matty Taylor (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Matty Taylor (Oxford United).

  7. Post update

    Max Dyche (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Agyei (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matty Taylor.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Oxford United 4, Northampton Town 0. Daniel Agyei (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Robert Hall.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Christopher Missilou (Northampton Town).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Robert Hall replaces James Henry.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Oxford United 3, Northampton Town 0. Matty Taylor (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Agyei.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Agyei (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Long.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Daniel Agyei replaces Marcus McGuane.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Jordan Obita replaces Olamide Shodipo.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Long (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Henry following a set piece situation.

  18. Post update

    Sean Clare (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Horsfall (Northampton Town).

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by Christopher Missilou (Northampton Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull17111529161334
2Portsmouth1895430151532
3Peterborough18102629191032
4Lincoln City1710252015532
5Ipswich1810262319432
6Doncaster1693429181130
7Charlton169342516930
8Accrington159242317629
9Sunderland177732314928
10Fleetwood1883726161027
11Crewe188282219326
12Blackpool178271920-126
13Gillingham177281821-323
14Wimbledon175662327-421
15MK Dons184772023-319
16Rochdale175482226-419
17Oxford Utd175482024-419
18Bristol Rovers165471824-619
19Plymouth175482232-1019
20Northampton1853101631-1518
21Shrewsbury173861824-617
22Swindon1851122235-1316
23Wigan1742111530-1514
24Burton182792233-1113
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