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MATCH REPORT: OXFORD UNITED

24 November 2015

County take a point from the Kassam Stadium and extend unbeaten run...

County made two changes going into the game, with Tommy O'Sullivan and Yan Klukowski making a return to starting XI, with Scott Barrow and Zak Ansah dropping to the bench.


The hosts had the first tangible opportunity to open the scoring. After a hefty challenge from Scot Bennett on the edge of the area, Alex MacDonald set his sights on goal with a driven effort, that Joe Day did well to save down to his right.

Oxford sustained a threat going forward and had another decent opportunity to break the deadlock, around the twenty-minute mark. Danny Hylton combined with Alex MacDonald inside the County area and MacDonald had space to shoot, but guided his effort past the left-hand post.

After failing to create any clear chances throughout the first period, County's opening goal will undoubtedly be a contender for goal of the season. Striker Lenell John-Lewis received the ball thirty-yards away from goal, from a delicate touch into his path by Tommy O'Sullivan, and launched a long-range effort that buried into the top corner, well out of the reach of 'keeper Benji Buchel.

Moving onto the second half and County were forced into an early change, when defender Scot Bennett came off worse from a collision with Kemar Roofe. Scott Barrow was introduced, with Andrew Hughes slotting into his natural position of centre-back.


After the hour mark past, the hosts looked more resurgent going forward, with County being forced to sit much deeper. Joe Day was forced to make a save down to his right, to prevent Kemar Roofe from scoring with a driven shot from just inside the area.


Joe Day was required into action again during the final fifteen minutes when a glanced header towards goal had to be tipped past the right-hand post, with the hosts very much on top as the game edged towards its conclusion.


On the stroke of eighty minutes County had a slender chance to regain the lead, when substitute Scott Boden managed to glance a header towards goal, that was spilled by 'keeper Buchel, but he managed to clutch the ball at the second attempt, with Scott prowling for the follow up.

Into injury time and County had a superb opportunity to take all three points, when Aaron Collins latched onto a loose ball inside the area and hit a volley towards goal that took a slight deflection, meaning his effort went narrowly wide of the post.

The draw extends the Exiles unbeaten run to eight games, ahead of the visit of Luton on Saturday. 
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