Oxford Utd 2-0 Swindon- Report
Report of match 3rd March 2012
Oxford Utd 2-0 Swindon- Report.
Robins run ended by rivals
Oxford overcame the early dismissal of striker James Constable to end Swindon's 10-game winning streak with a 2-0 triumph in a red-hot local derby.
The play-off chasing U's have now completed the double over their fierce rivals in a season which sees the clubs locked in league combat for the first time in 11 years.
Constable, with 11 goals so far this term, turned down a #200,000 move to Swindon in January but was shown a red card for elbowing Luke Rooney in the 11th minute.
But if they were rocked by the early setback, Chris Wilder's team refused to let it show as they recovered immediately to score twice inside a few minutes.
First, Asa Hall prodded in Lee Holmes's free-kick from close range with goalkeeper Wes Foderingham caught in no-man's land.
Then, barely 90 seconds later, Holmes was again the architect with some great play down the left, providing a perfect low cross that Oli Johnson tapped in at the far post.
Oxford keeper Ryan Clarke saved smartly at the feet of Ronan Murray and from Matt Ritchie's 25-yard free-kick as the npower League Two leaders tried to make use of their extra man.
But Swindon only had themselves to blame as they squandered further opportunities.
Rooney scuffed a shot into the side-netting at the far post following Murray's cross, before the latter made a mess of his strike on goal after charging down Clarke's clearance.
As Swindon pressed, Simon Ferry smashed a fierce 20-yard drive against the inside of the post, and in the second half Clarke saved several efforts from Rooney before Paul Benson headed straight at him from a corner.
But Oxford rode out the danger superbly with just 10 men to deny Paolo Di Canio's Robins any consolation.
|Competition: npower League Two Kick Off: 12:00 Venue: Kassam Stadium Attendance: 11,825|
|2 - 0||Swindon Town
|-||Match ends, Oxford United 2, Swindon Town 0.|
|90+0||Second Half ends, Oxford United 2, Swindon Town 0.|
|90+0||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|89||Scott Rendell (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for dissent.|
|85||Substitution, Oxford United. Jon-Paul Pittman replaces Oli Johnson.|
|85||Jon-Paul Pittman (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|81||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|78||Anthony Tonkin (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|74||Oli Johnson (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|70||Asa Hall (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for dissent.|
|69||Substitution, Oxford United. Liam Davis replaces Lee Holmes.|
|67||Lee Holmes (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|64||Substitution, Swindon Town. Billy Bodin replaces Ronan Murray.|
|61||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|58||Substitution, Swindon Town. Lee Cox replaces Jonathan Smith.|
|57||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|-||Second Half begins Oxford United 2, Swindon Town 0.|
|45+0||First Half ends, Oxford United 2, Swindon Town 0.|
|45+0||Matt Ritchie (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|32||Substitution, Oxford United. Adam Chapman replaces Mark Wilson.|
|22||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|20||Substitution, Swindon Town. Jonathan Smith replaces Alessandro Cibocchi.|
|19||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|18||Goal! Oxford United 2, Swindon Town 0. Oli Johnson (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Holmes with a cross.|
|16||Goal! Oxford United 1, Swindon Town 0. Asa Hall (Oxford United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Holmes with a cross.|
|11||James Constable (Oxford United) is shown the red card for fighting.|
|7||Corner, Oxford United.|
|6||Corner, Swindon Town.|
|-||First Half begins.|
|-||Lineups are announced and players are warming up.|