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The Kassam Stadium (ATT 4,954) 21st March 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Oxford Utd Oxford United vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

Oxford Utd 1

D Connolly (78)

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Hartlepool 0

S Walton (S/O 75)

Connolly strike sinks Pools

Last Updated: 21/03/14 10:34pm

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David Connolly: Scored the only goal

David Connolly: Scored the only goal

Oxford signed off with a win in Mickey Lewis' last match as caretaker manager as 10-man Hartlepool were beaten 1-0 at the Kassam Stadium.

It was the U's first win in seven league games and gives their play-off prospects a lift, while damaging the top-seven aspirations of their visitors.

Lewis has had 12 games in temporary charge since Chris Wilder left the club at the end of January and chairman Ian Lenagan announced just before kick-off that a new manager will be appointed over the weekend.

Hartlepool had Simon Walton sent off for a second yellow card in the 75th minute following a foul on Sean Rigg. And just three minutes later David Connolly headed in the winning goal from David Hunt's free-kick.

There was nothing between the sides in the first half.

U's top scorer James Constable mis-kicked in front of goal and Connolly saw a shot turned around his near post by goalkeeper Scott Finders.

Jack Barmby went close for Pool in first-half stoppage time with a left-foot shot that U's keeper Ryan Clarke turned away for a corner.

Oxford had strong appeals for a penalty turned down after Rigg appeared to be brought down by Sam Collins.

Constable and Alfie Potter both squandered great chances to extend the lead late on.

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Sky Bet League 2

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1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 26 41
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
13 Cambridge United 25 35
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 25 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Carlisle United 27 27
23 Dagenham & Redbridge 26 26
24 Hartlepool United 27 18