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Oxford United 4-0 Burton Albion: Karl Robinson's U's snatch League One play-off spot

Olamide Shodipo
Olamide Shodipo's 10th-minute header was his 10th League One goal of the season for Oxford

Oxford capitalised on Portsmouth's final-day slip-up to secure a League One play-off spot by thrashing Burton at the Kassam Stadium.

Portsmouth's defeat by Accrington opened the door for the U's, who leapfrogged Pompey into sixth spot thanks to goals from Olamide Shodipo, Matty Taylor, Elliot Lee and Sam Winnall.

U's boss Karl Robinson was forced to watch the impressive victory from the stands, serving the first match of a four-game touchline ban that will now also encompass Oxford's play-off campaign.

But Robinson's absence from the sidelines failed to distract his players as they claimed a sixth victory in seven matches to arrive in the play-offs as arguably the form team.

Shodipo, on loan from Queens Park Rangers, buried a powerful header from Sam Long's cross to give Oxford, who struggled in the first half of the season before storming up the table, an early advantage.

The hosts never looked back, although there was a slice of fortune about their second goal, Taylor pouncing on Michael Mancienne's poorly-judged backwards header to nod in his 18th goal of the season.

Oxford keeper Jack Stevens saved well from Terry Taylor to preserve the two-goal cushion and the U's added a third after the break as Burton stopper Dillon Barnes could only help Lee's low free-kick in off the post.

Danny Rowe's cross-shot shaved the bar for Burton but Winnall lobbed home a classy 25-yarder in injury time as Oxford booked a two-legged semi-final against third-placed Blackpool in style.

Oxford United boss Karl Robinson:

"We'll go into the play-offs as the ones who are expecting not to go through. I'll be watching it from the stands again - that may be the best way for me.

"What a season it has been. Bottom of the table at one stage, fighting it out in the bottom four in November and now in the play-offs.

"I'm not concerned about me not being in the dug-out. It was more about us, not about me, and I felt we performed very calmly - and that's how I want us to be.

"One of our big motivations is that there will be fans here to watch us in our next game, the home leg of the play-offs. It's been an outstanding end to the season. I'm immensely proud of my team."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Stevens
  • 12LongSubstituted forHansonat 66'minutes
  • 5Moore
  • 22Atkinson
  • 3Ruffels
  • 17HenrySubstituted forFordeat 72'minutes
  • 8Brannagan
  • 10Sykes
  • 27LeeSubstituted forGorrinat 85'minutes
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forWinnallat 72'minutes
  • 25ShodipoSubstituted forAgyeiat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Eastwood
  • 6Gorrin
  • 11Winnall
  • 14Forde
  • 19Agyei
  • 20Hanson
  • 30Barker

Burton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Barnes
  • 37Hamer
  • 17CarterBooked at 79mins
  • 2Brayford
  • 16Earl
  • 38MancienneBooked at 11mins
  • 39TaylorBooked at 56minsSubstituted forGilliganat 64'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 40Rowe
  • 8PowellSubstituted forBroomat 58'minutes
  • 10AkinsSubstituted forParkerat 75'minutes
  • 33Fondop-TalomSubstituted forHemmingsat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1O'Hara
  • 9Hemmings
  • 13Parker
  • 18Broom
  • 21O'Toole
  • 22Gallacher
  • 25Gilligan
Referee:
Thomas Bramall

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Oxford United 4, Burton Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Oxford United 4, Burton Albion 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Danny Rowe (Burton Albion).

  4. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ciaran Gilligan.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Oxford United 4, Burton Albion 0. Sam Winnall (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jack Stevens.

  6. Post update

    Mark Sykes (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ciaran Gilligan (Burton Albion).

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Rowe (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Broom.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ciaran Gilligan (Burton Albion).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Agyei.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Alex Rodriguez replaces Elliot Lee.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Robert Atkinson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Elliot Lee (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Ruffels with a cross.

  15. Booking

    Hayden Carter (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Hayden Carter (Burton Albion).

  18. Post update

    Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Kane Hemmings (Burton Albion).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sam Winnall (Oxford United).

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