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Tom Pope receives a caution.
The referee shows Lee Collins a yellow card.
Tom Pope challenges Damian Batt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Damian Batt.
Unfair challenge on Lee Collins by James Constable results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Collins.
Steven MacLean on for Simon Hackney.
Marc Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Wright. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
Justin Richards is brought on as a substitute for John McCombe. Stevie Kinniburgh goes off and Damian Batt comes on.
Inswinging corner taken by Kris Taylor from the right by-line.
James Constable is brought on as a substitute for Jack Midson.
Tom Pope is ruled offside. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.
Paul McLaren gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Richards. Sam Morsy takes the free kick.
Louis Dodds is brought on as a substitute for Lewis Haldane.
Harry Worley scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Port Vale 1-2 Oxford Utd.
Handball by Lewis Haldane. Paul McLaren takes the free kick.
Ben Purkiss sends in a cross, save by Adam Yates.
Adam Yates gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Clist. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul McLaren, clearance by Exodus Geohaghon.
Unfair challenge on Stevie Kinniburgh by Marc Richards results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Simon Clist.
Foul by Jake Wright on Tom Pope, free kick awarded. Kris Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Stuart Tomlinson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Martin.
Curled right-footed shot by Marc Richards. Ryan Clarke makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul McLaren, save by Chris Martin.
Sam Morsy takes a shot. Ryan Clarke makes a save.
Handball by Tom Pope. Stevie Kinniburgh takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Kris Taylor from the right by-line, clearance made by Harry Worley.
Paul McLaren takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by John McCombe.
Jack Midson scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Port Vale 1-1 Oxford Utd.Alfie Potter takes a shot. Chris Martin makes a save. Assist by Alfie Potter.
Foul by Kris Taylor on Alfie Potter, free kick awarded. Alfie Potter crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Haldane on Stevie Kinniburgh. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul McLaren from the left by-line, save made by Chris Martin.
Lewis Haldane concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Clist. Simon Clist delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, John McCombe manages to make a clearance.
Marc Richards finds the net with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Port Vale 1-0 Oxford Utd.Ben Purkiss challenges Tom Pope unfairly and gives away a Penalty. Penalty taken by Marc Richards is saved by Ryan Clarke. Port Vale 0-0 Oxford Utd.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Richards on Harry Worley. Harry Worley takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Collins by Jack Midson. John McCombe restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Tom Pope. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
Corner taken left-footed by Kris Taylor, Jake Wright makes a clearance.
Harry Worley challenges Tom Pope unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kris Taylor shoots direct from the free kick, save by Ryan Clarke.
Booking for Stevie Kinniburgh for unsporting behaviour. Lewis Haldane fouled by Stevie Kinniburgh, the ref awards a free kick. Kris Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Alfie Potter is caught offside. Chris Martin restarts play with the free kick.
Jack Midson has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
Sam Morsy has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Effort on goal by Jack Midson from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Gary Roberts takes a corner.
Unfair challenge on Sam Morsy by Paul McLaren results in a free kick. Kris Taylor takes the free kick.
Marc Richards is caught offside. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.
Gannon ponders options
Manager Jim Gannon must decide whether to stick or twist with his starting XI as Port Vale welcome Oxford.
Gannon made one change for Tuesday`s 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury, handing a deserved recall to Louis Dodds following his impressive winner against Macclesfield last weekend.
And, although they certainly put in a shift at the Greenhous Meadow, the half-time introduction of the returning Gary Roberts and fellow midfielder Rob Taylor added something extra to Vale`s play.
Gannon is not expected to have any new injury or suspension concerns as the Valiants look to continue their recent form which has seen them lose just one of their last eight games.
Centre-back Gareth Owen (ankle) continues to work his way back to full fitness but the clash is likely to come too soon for him.
Meanwhile, captain and leading scorer Marc Richards is aiming for his 100th goal in senior football having reached 98 with Tuesday`s brace at Shrewsbury.
Oxford will be without the suspended Anthony Tonkin for the trip.
The defender was sent off for two bookable offences against Stockport last weekend and will serve a one-match suspension.
United boss Chris Wilder named an unchanged side for a fourth consecutive game against the Hatters, but after the 2-1 defeat he is likely to make changes.
If Wilder opts to change his defence, Ben Purkiss and Djoumin Sangare are waiting in the wings for a recall as the Us try to end a run of three successive defeats.
Midfielder Simon Clist and striker Alfie Potter are pushing for starts after coming off the bench at Edgeley Park.
Simon Heslop and Asa Hall scored for the reserves in midweek and should retain their places in midfield.
Wilder changes pay off
Oxford manager Chris Wilder saw his wholesale changes pay-off after a fine 2-1 win at Port Vale.
Wilder made seven changes after three straight defeats and came up trumps as Harry Worley netted a second-half winner.
Jack Midson squandered two excellent early chances for the fired up visitors before Vale made the breakthrough following a 27th-minute penalty.
Tom Pope was pushed to the ground by Ben Purkiss and Marc Richards put away the rebound after Ryan Clarke had dived to block his spot-kick.
Oxford were gifted a 33rd-minute equaliser when Chris Martin fumbled Alfie Potter's long-range shot against the crossbar and Midson tapped in the loose ball.
Martin, who was guilty of another poor error against Stevenage last month, paid the price for his gaffe when he was replaced by Stuart Tomlinson at half-time.
But Tomlinson had no chance when centre-half Worley gave Oxford the lead 13 minutes into the second period.
Josh Payne's shot was deflected into the path of Worley who smashed an angled drive across Tomlinson and into the far corner of the net.
Vale boss Jim Gannon bolstered his firepower with Louis Dodds and Justin Richards coming off the bench, but the visitors held firm for a deserved victory.
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