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Oxford Utd 1-1 Macclesfield: Report
Published : 25 Feb 2012 18:01:24Rss feed
Silkmen earn share of spoils
Macclesfield ended their appalling run of eight successive defeats with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Oxford.
Michael Duberry's third own goal in Oxford's past four home games had gives the Silkmen an unexpected lead in the ninth minutes.
The 35-year-old former Chelsea defender looked to be under no real pressure when Matt Hamshaw delivered a free-kick from the right, but planted a thumping header into his own net.
It was five weeks ago that Duberry had made history with his bizarre "imperfect" hat-trick - left-foot, right-foot and header - but with two of the three being own goals.
Macclesfield keeper Richard O'Donnell, who only joined on a 28-day emergency loan from Sheffield Wednesday on Friday, saved well from Lee Holmes' 20-yard drive after James Constable pulled the ball back.
Peter Leven went close with a rasping drive soon after, before the U's levelled three minutes before half-time through Oli Johnson.
The former Norwich midfielder, who took a touch to beat a defender, then drilled a low right-foot shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
The second half became very open, and after O'Donnell saved smartly from Constable, Mark Connolly produced a brilliant last-ditch block to prevent Scott Rendell following up to score.
Constable missed the game's best chance midway through the second half as he headed over from three yards from a Holmes cross following good work by Mehdi Kerrouche.
Oxford Utd 1-1 Macclesfield: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statictics of the game as it happened.
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