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  Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 14:56 GMT
Oxford squeeze through
Oxford 1-0 Swindon
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Jefferson Louis in action for Oxford earlier this season
Jefferson Louis was the Oxford match winner
Oxford moved into the third round of the FA Cup courtesy of a solitary goal from Jefferson Louis.

He headed home after 65 minutes to give the mid-table Division Three side a glamour tie against holders Arsenal in the next round.

The game started brightly enough but was never one of the fire and brimstone matches associated with the early rounds of the FA Cup.

After a goalless hour it looked as though a scoreless draw was a strong possibility, but up popped Jefferson to send Oxford through.

The visitors started the livelier and Danny Invincible headed over from six yards out for Swindon after six minutes.

A minute later Eric Sabin saw his drive deflected over as Oxford struggled to cope with Swindon's early crosses but the hosts soon threatened themselves.

Key moments
12 mins: Griemink denies Oxford with a point-blank save
65 mins: Louis loops home the winning header

David Savage escaped down the left and James Hunt met his cross on the volley but Bart Griemink saved well at point-blank range.

Within a minute Louis' low shot forced Griemink into a good save with his foot at the near post.

After a lively first 20 minutes the game went off the boil, though Savage, Invincible and Alan Reeves went close for Swindon before the break.

Jefferson got in a tremendous flick. I just tried to get on the end but could not touch it, but I did enough to put the keeper off and for it to go in the corner

Oxford player
Steve Basham

Swindon nearly went ahead right at the start of the second half but Sam Parkin just failed to get a touch to Invincible's cross-shot at the far post.

Steve Basham saw his shot blocked for the hosts after a good cross from Louis as Oxford then enjoyed a spell of pressure before Invincible once again belied his name.

His surging run was impressive enough but his left-foot finish was high, wide and woeful.

Scrappy goal

American Stef Miglioranzi glanced a header wide for Swindon but, out of the blue, Oxford took the lead with a scrappy goal.

Louis won a back header from a long throw and Basham's presence was enough to confuse the keeper as the ball floated in at the far post.

The stadium announcer gave the goal to Basham but he did not manage to get a touch.

Scott McNiven twice let fly as Oxford tried to make the game safe and Basham spurned a glorious chance with 15 minutes to go.

Swindon poured forward in the final 10 minutes and created the odd moment of alarm in the Oxford defence but the hosts held on to clinch a trip to the Premiership leaders at Highbury.

Oxford Utd: Woodman, McNiven, Waterman, Crosby, Bound, Robinson, Hunt, Ford, Savage, Louis, Basham. Subs: Steele, Whitehead, Hackett, Hunter, Sall.

Swindon: Griemink, Edds, Heywood, Reeves, Duke, Miglioranzi, Hewlett, Jackson, Sabin, Parkin, Invincible. Subs: Farr, Willis, Bampton, Halliday, Young.

Referee: K Hill (Hertfordshire)

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