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The Kassam Stadium (ATT 7,608) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Madley

Oxford Utd Oxford United vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

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Bristol R 2

L Brown (pen 55)
E Richards (90+4)

Rejuvenated Rovers down U's

Last Updated: 09/02/13 7:31pm

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Eliot Richards: Bagged Rovers' second goal

Eliot Richards: Bagged Rovers' second goal

Goals from Lee Brown and Eliot Richards continued Bristol Rovers' revival under John Ward with a 2-0 win at Oxford.

The Pirates have lost just once in eight games since Ward took charge in December, and this was a fifth away game in a row without defeat.

The first-half was a poor spectacle on the heavy pitch with little goalmouth action.

Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall saved well from James Constable's 15-yard drive, and a terrific block by captain Tom Parkes diverted Alfie Potter's close-range shot for a corner.

The visitors, backed by nearly 2,000 travelling fans, forged a breakthrough after 55 minutes when Ryan Brunt darted into the area and was brought down by Jake Wright.

Brown had to retake his spot kick because of encroachment, but struck his second attempt in exactly the same place as the first, with Oxford's new goalkeeper Luke McCormick sent the wrong way for a second time.

Substitute Richards sealed victory deep into stoppage time, slotting home under McCormick's body from David Clarkson's quickly-taken free kick.

This defeat was a further blow to Oxford's fading hopes of reaching the play-offs, and Chris Wilder's team have now taken just one point from their last four games.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39