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Oxford United 2-0 Bristol Rovers

Matty Taylor struck a double against his old club to fire Oxford to a sixth straight win as they beat Bristol Rovers 2-0 in League One.

Taylor scored in each half to take his season tally to 11 as the hosts followed up a midweek EFL Trophy win with a fifth successive league victory.

The U's lost midfielder Marcus McGuane to a leg injury early in the match but it did not appear to hamper them as they largely dominated play.

They took the lead in the 32nd minute. Centre-backs Rob Atkinson and Elliott Moore combined with two headers following a corner, and Taylor finished off with a flicked shot after staying onside.

It took until the start of the second half for Rovers to engineer a first real sight of goal, when Abu Ogogo poked an angled shot wide.

Top scorer Taylor added a second in the 73rd minute, beating an ineffective offside trap to run on to Liam Kelly's ball over the top and score.

Brendan Hanlon forced a smart fingertip save out of Jack Stevens as Paul Tisdale's men tried to respond, but they ended well beaten.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Stevens
  • 12Long
  • 5Moore
  • 22Atkinson
  • 3Ruffels
  • 18McGuaneSubstituted forBrannaganat 15'minutes
  • 6Gorrin
  • 28KellySubstituted forFordeat 88'minutes
  • 17HenrySubstituted forObitaat 75'minutes
  • 9TaylorBooked at 60minsSubstituted forWinnallat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 25ShodipoSubstituted forAgyeiat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Eastwood
  • 7Hall
  • 8Brannagan
  • 11Winnall
  • 14Forde
  • 19Agyei
  • 24Obita

Bristol Rovers

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 13Day
  • 26BaldwinSubstituted forHargreavesat 88'minutes
  • 15Kilgour
  • 25Harries
  • 5Ehmer
  • 4GrantBooked at 90mins
  • 42OgogoSubstituted forWilliamsat 67'minutes
  • 8WestbrookeSubstituted forBarrettat 88'minutes
  • 3LeahyBooked at 27mins
  • 14McCormickSubstituted forAyungaat 67'minutes
  • 9Hanlan

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 20Hargreaves
  • 21Ayunga
  • 24Tutonda
  • 33Rodman
  • 39Barrett
  • 43Williams
Referee:
David Rock

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonah Ayunga (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by George Williams.

  4. Booking

    Sam Winnall (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sam Winnall (Oxford United).

  6. Post update

    Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonah Ayunga (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Cian Harries.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brandon Hanlan (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Max Ehmer with a cross.

  9. Booking

    Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Daniel Agyei (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Offside, Oxford United. Cameron Brannagan tries a through ball, but Sam Winnall is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodriguez (Oxford United).

  14. Post update

    Josh Grant (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony Forde.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Agyei (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Ruffels with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Cameron Hargreaves replaces Jack Baldwin.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Josh Barrett replaces Zain Westbrooke.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Anthony Forde replaces Liam Kelly.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Daniel Agyei replaces Olamide Shodipo.