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Ryan Gilligan takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.
John Johnson shown a red card. Penalty scored by Tom Craddock. Oxford Utd 3-1 Northampton.John Johnson gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Simon Clist.
Effort on goal by Liam Davis from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target. Corner taken by Ryan Gilligan, Matthew Green manages to make a clearance.
John Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Clist. Ryan Clarke takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Thornton, John Johnson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Thornton from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Leon McKenzie on Ryan Clarke. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
Simon Clist joins the action as a substitute, replacing Asa Hall. Matthew Green comes on in place of James Constable.
Shot from just outside the box by Josh Payne misses to the left of the goal.
Marcus Hall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Constable. Josh Payne crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Liam Davis challenges Mark Creighton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Clarke takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Tom Craddock. Chris Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Kevin Thornton. Anthony Tonkin takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Tom Craddock, save by Chris Dunn.
James Constable crosses the ball, Liam Davis manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Thornton, clearance by Josh Payne.
Harry Worley goes off and Mark Creighton comes on.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James Constable on Marcus Hall. Chris Dunn takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Leon McKenzie. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Clarke, clearance by Marcus Hall.
(Northampton) makes a substitution, with Andrew Holt coming on for Michael Jacobs.
Anthony Tonkin challenges Paul Rodgers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kevin Thornton.
Leon McKenzie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
Paul Rodgers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Craddock. Josh Payne takes the free kick.
Michael Jacobs has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon McKenzie by Harry Worley. Kevin Thornton takes the direct free kick.
Ben Purkiss delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by James Constable misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Rodgers by Tom Craddock. Kevin Thornton takes the direct free kick.
Booking for Marcus Hall. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Constable by Marcus Hall. Free kick taken by Simon Heslop.
Josh Payne grabs a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 2-1 Northampton.James Constable fouled by Billy Mckay, the ref awards a free kick.
Foul by Asa Hall on Leon McKenzie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Paul Rodgers.
Tom Craddock is caught offside. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
Ben Purkiss crosses the ball, save made by Chris Dunn.
Alfie Potter fouled by Kevin Thornton, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Tonkin crosses the ball in from the free kick, Chris Dunn manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Anthony Tonkin, Simon Heslop produces a left-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.
Ben Purkiss takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Short corner taken by Michael Jacobs.
Liam Davis booked. Liam Davis challenges Alfie Potter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Anthony Tonkin. Corner taken by Simon Heslop. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Heslop.
A cross is delivered by Leon McKenzie, clearance by Asa Hall.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Tonkin by Billy Mckay. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Josh Payne. Corner from the right by-line taken by Simon Heslop, Harry Worley challenges Leon McKenzie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Dunn takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Alfie Potter, Marcus Hall makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Nathaniel Wedderburn by Asa Hall results in a free kick. Kevin Thornton crosses the ball in from the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Chris Dunn.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Jacobs, James Constable manages to make a clearance.
Simon Heslop gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Wedderburn. Free kick crossed by Michael Jacobs, Jake Wright makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Asa Hall on Kevin Thornton. Chris Dunn takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Simon Heslop, clearance by John Johnson.
Leon McKenzie scores a headed goal from close in. Oxford Utd 1-1 Northampton.The ball is crossed by Liam Davis, the assist for the goal came from Liam Davis.
A cross is delivered by Ben Purkiss, clearance by Billy Mckay.
Leon McKenzie is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Heslop on Liam Davis. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Liam Davis, clearance made by Ryan Clarke.
Billy Mckay produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Ryan Gilligan sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Michael Jacobs goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thornton by Josh Payne. Kevin Thornton has a direct shot on goal from the free kick,
Alfie Potter finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 1-0 Northampton.Assist on the goal came from James Constable.
Michael Jacobs is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
The game kicks-off.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Wilder to make changes
Oxford manager Chris Wilder will make changes to his defence for the visit of Northampton.
Wilder witnessed his side throw away a 2-0 goal lead to lose 3-2 against Macclesfield last week and needs to tighten up his backline.
Jake Wright will definitely play at the Kassam Stadium after he returned to training this week following an injury and Mark Creighton may also feature in the U's defence.
Damien Batt has returned to training after a spell on the sidelines but it is not known whether Saturday's game against the Cobblers will come too soon for the defender.
Oxford need a response after two successive defeats and Wilder could promote Jack Midson and Mitchell Cole to the starting line-up after warming the bench in recent weeks.
Northampton will be without defender Ben Tozer for the trip.
Tozer was sent-off in the dying stages of last weekend`s humiliating 4-3 home defeat to Hereford and would have been due to begin a three-match ban.
However, his loan spell from Newcastle has ended so the player has returned to the north east. Fellow centre-half Dean Beckwith is out as he serves the second of a three-match ban of his own so manager Ian Sampson has problems in defence.
Right-backs Paul Rodgers and John Johnson could be considered to fill in alongside captain Andy Holt while Sampson is still hopeful of signing a new defender on loan in time for the game.
Craig Hinton will not be considered despite his return to training from a knee injury but the former Bristol Rovers defender could be on the bench.
Midfielder Abdul Osman (calf) is a doubt after he came off against Hereford while striker Leon McKenzie will be looking to build on his first-half hat-trick last weekend. Tadhg Purcell (knee) is out for the season.
Josh inflicts Payne on Cobblers
Josh Payne scored his first Oxford goal to get Chris Wilder's men back to winning ways after two defeats in a row with a 3-1 victory over Northampton.
The midfielder, who is on a three-month loan from Doncaster, curled in a brilliant free-kick from nearly 25 yards on the stroke of half-time.
Oxford were given the perfect start with winger Alfie Potter firing home left-footed in only the fourth minute.
It came at the end of a fine move involving Payne, Ben Purkiss and James Constable, whose right-wing cross found its way to an unmarked Potter eight yards out.
But Northampton, themselves looking to bounce back after four straight defeats, were back on level terms within 12 minutes.
Liam Davis got free on the left to chip a cross to the far post where Leon McKenzie headed powerfully home for his fourth goal in two games.
After Payne's free-kick had restored Oxford's lead, Cobblers pushed hard for a second goal in the second half, and Kevin Thornton missed a golden chance, shooting wide on the turn from close range after 66 minutes.
But a stoppage-time penalty, converted by Tom Craddock, sealed their fate. John Johnson brought down Simon Clist, and was red-carded.
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