Rejuvenated Rovers down U's
Last Updated: 09/02/13 7:31pm
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.
Sky Bet League 2
Sat 9th Feb
Accrington1 - 1Southend
Aldershot1 - 2Plymouth
Barnet0 - 0Port Vale
Bradford0 - 1Gillingham
Burton Alb2 - 0Rotherham
Chesterfld2 - 0AFC W'don
Dag + Red1 - 0Cheltenham
Morecambe0 - 3Exeter
Northamptn3 - 1Rochdale
Oxford Utd0 - 2Bristol R
Torquay0 - 1Fleetwood
Wycombe4 - 0York City
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