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Oxford Utd   0 - 1   Gillingham

Oxford Utd 0-1 Gillingham

Oxford Utd 0-1 Gillingham

Cody McDonald's first-half goal was enough for Gillingham to pick up their first away win since May 2009.

The on-loan Norwich striker capitalised on new Oxford captain Jake Wright's weak backpass to round keeper Ryan Clarke and slot home unopposed.

Charlie Lee and Chris Whelpdale came close to extending the lead but both planted headers wide.

The U's have now suffered five consecutive defeats and were booed from the field by their fans.

For Gillingham, it was their first away win on the road for 35 games in all competitions - the last coming in their final League Two game of 2008/09 when Curtis Weston's goal gave them a 1-0 win at Rochdale on 2 May 2009.

It was deserved too as Gillingham had the better of the first half, with McDonald's fifth goal of the season the defining moment.

Oxford improved after the break as top scorer James Constable was thrown into the fray to support Steve Maclean.

Gills keeper Alan Julian pushed Alfie Potter's shot on the turn around the post, beat out a Maclean drive and tipped a Simon Clist free-kick over the bar.

But the visitors defended stoutly to hold out as Tom Craddock drilled the U's last chance wide.


Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler told BBC Radio Kent:
"It was about the will to win and work for each other. We've got the monkey off our back and have to look forward.

"It was nerve wracking at the end, but I thought the players were outstanding today. Great effort by everybody.

"We were ecstatic, we knew it was coming. We have been hurting since the Dover game because we've had a lot of criticism, deservedly so. We won't get carried away though, it's only one win.

"I'm delighted for the fans, they've been tremendous."

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Saturday, 20 November 2010

Npower League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Oxford Utd 0-1 Gillingham FT
(HT 0-1)
    • McDonald 40

    Oxford Utd

    • 01 Clarke
    • 06 Wright yellow card
    • 18 Kinniburgh
    • 23 Purkiss
    • 30 Futcher
    • 11 Clist
    • 27 Wotton (Heslop 73)
    • 28 Payne yellow card (Constable 46)
    • 15 Potter (Green 79)
    • 29 Craddock
    • 32 MacLean

    Substitutes

    • 21 Eastwood,
    • 02 Batt,
    • 22 Worley,
    • 08 Heslop,
    • 14 Hall,
    • 09 Constable,
    • 24 Green

    Gillingham

    • 01 Julian
    • 15 Lawrence
    • 29 Sinclair yellow card
    • 32 Kennedy
    • 02 Fuller
    • 07 Maher (Spiller 84)
    • 12 Palmer (Jackman 90+3)
    • 33 Lee yellow card
    • 34 Whelpdale
    • 10 McDonald
    • 27 Akinfenwa (Payne 73)

    Substitutes

    • 26 Cronin,
    • 03 Nutter,
    • 05 King,
    • 18 Jackman,
    • 17 Spiller,
    • 19 Inkango,
    • 23 Payne
    Ref: MathiesonAtt: 7,144
    OXFORD UTD
    GILLINGHAM

    Possession

    • Oxford Utd 51%
    • Gillingham 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Oxford Utd 8
    • Gillingham 5

    Attempts off target

    • Oxford Utd 5
    • Gillingham 5

    Corners

    • Oxford Utd 6
    • Gillingham 3

    Fouls

    • Oxford Utd 11
    • Gillingham 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:49 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+5:26 A cross is delivered by Ben Purkiss, clearance made by Matthew Lawrence.
    • 90:00+4:39 Effort on goal by James Constable from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 90:00+4:30 The ball is swung over by Stevie Kinniburgh, Matthew Lawrence makes a clearance.
    • 90:00+2:12 Substitution Danny Jackman is brought on as a substitute for Chris Palmer.
    • 90:00+1:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Heslop by Charlie Lee. Simon Heslop crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Ben Futcher gets a block in.
    • 88:27 The ball is swung over by Tom Craddock, Matthew Lawrence makes a clearance.
    • 87:39 The ball is swung over by Simon Clist, clearance by Chris Whelpdale.
    • 87:14 Foul by Charlie Lee on Simon Clist, free kick awarded. Simon Heslop crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Barry Fuller gets a block in.
    • 87:00 Tom Craddock takes a shot. Callum Kennedy gets a block in.
    • 86:38 The official flags Stefan Payne offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
    • 86:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Fuller by James Constable. Direct free kick taken by Alan Julian.
    • 84:39 Effort from outside the penalty box by Tom Craddock goes wide right of the goal.
    • 84:04 Stevie Kinniburgh produces a cross, Matthew Lawrence makes a clearance.
    • 83:02 Substitution Danny Spiller on for Kevin Maher.
    • 82:36 Corner taken by Simon Heslop, Charlie Lee manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:28 Simon Heslop delivers the ball, Barry Fuller manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:05 Simon Heslop takes a shot. Charlie Lee gets a block in.
    • 81:57 Tom Craddock crosses the ball, blocked by Kevin Maher.
    • 81:32 A cross is delivered by Stevie Kinniburgh, Matthew Lawrence manages to make a clearance.
    • 81:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stefan Payne on Simon Clist. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
    • 79:29 Tom Craddock takes a shot. Save made by Alan Julian.
    • 78:44 Substitution Alfie Potter leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Green.
    • 78:26 The ball is crossed by Chris Palmer.
    • 78:01 Ben Purkiss produces a cross, Tony Sinclair manages to make a clearance.
    • 77:29 The ball is crossed by James Constable, Tony Sinclair manages to make a clearance.
    • 74:06 Stevie Kinniburgh produces a cross, Alan Julian makes a save.
    • 73:42 Stefan Payne challenges Ben Futcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
    • 72:59 Substitution Simon Heslop is brought on as a substitute for Paul Wotton.
    • 72:03 Substitution Stefan Payne is brought on as a substitute for Adebayo Akinfenwa.
    • 70:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa on Paul Wotton. Free kick taken by Jake Wright.
    • Correction - 69:12 Alfie Potter takes a shot. Alan Julian makes a comfortable save.
    • 69:12 Alfie Potter takes a shot. Save by Alan Julian.
    • 68:41 The ball is crossed by Stevie Kinniburgh, Chris Whelpdale gets a block in.
    • 67:08 The referee gives a free kick against Cody McDonald for handball. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
    • 66:36 Effort from just outside the area by Tom Craddock goes over the bar.
    • 66:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Futcher on Adebayo Akinfenwa. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Kevin Maher from right channel, save made by Ryan Clarke.
    • 64:01 Centre by Ben Purkiss, save by Alan Julian.
    • 63:31 Chris Whelpdale produces a cross, Ryan Clarke makes a save.
    • 62:05 Booking Booking for Tony Sinclair for time wasting.
    • 61:37 Tom Craddock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Sinclair. Tony Sinclair restarts play with the free kick.
    • 59:25 Simon Clist decides to take a short corner.
    • 59:13 Steven MacLean takes a shot. Save by Alan Julian.
    • 58:16 James Constable produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 57:33 Foul by Charlie Lee on Stevie Kinniburgh, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
    • 57:33 Booking Caution for Charlie Lee.
    • 56:30 Cody McDonald is caught offside. Free kick taken by Ryan Clarke.
    • 54:43 The official flags Cody McDonald offside. Ryan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:52 Chris Palmer crosses the ball, blocked by Ben Futcher.
    • Correction - 48:57 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Simon Clist played to the near post, Barry Fuller makes a clearance.
    • 48:57 Corner taken by Simon Clist played to the near post.
    • 47:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Kennedy on Alfie Potter. Shot comes in from Simon Clist from the free kick, save made by Alan Julian.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution (Oxford Utd) makes a substitution, with James Constable coming on for Josh Payne.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:12 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+1:57 The ball is sent over by Barry Fuller, clearance made by Jake Wright.
    • 45:00+1:22 Ben Purkiss crosses the ball, Alan Julian makes a save.
    • 43:05 Josh Payne concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Lee. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.
    • 43:05 Booking Booking for Josh Payne for unsporting behaviour.
    • 41:55 Foul by Steven MacLean on Tony Sinclair, free kick awarded. Alan Julian takes the direct free kick.
    • 41:38 Charlie Lee takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.
    • 40:57 Stevie Kinniburgh crosses the ball, Alan Julian makes a comfortable save.
    • 39:06 GOAL - Cody McDonaldOxford Utd 0 - 1 Gillingham Cody McDonald grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Oxford Utd 0-1 Gillingham.
    • 38:10 Corner taken right-footed by Josh Payne, Effort from outside the penalty area by Josh Payne goes wide left of the target.
    • 37:51 Alfie Potter takes a shot. Save made by Alan Julian.
    • 37:14 The ball is swung over by Tom Craddock, save by Alan Julian.
    • 36:16 The assistant referee signals for offside against Adebayo Akinfenwa. Ben Futcher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:59 Centre by Steven MacLean, clearance made by Kevin Maher.
    • 32:48 Tom Craddock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.
    • 31:15 Effort from the edge of the box by Charlie Lee goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 30:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Lee on Josh Payne. Free kick taken by Jake Wright.
    • 29:11 The ball is delivered by Ben Purkiss, Matthew Lawrence makes a clearance.
    • 28:11 Alfie Potter takes a shot. Blocked by Callum Kennedy.
    • 27:09 The ball is sent over by Callum Kennedy.
    • 25:16 The referee penalises Ben Purkiss for handball. Free kick taken by Alan Julian.
    • 24:24 Unfair challenge on Stevie Kinniburgh by Cody McDonald results in a free kick. Stevie Kinniburgh takes the direct free kick.
    • 23:39 Corner from the left by-line taken by Josh Payne, clearance by Chris Whelpdale.
    • 23:31 The ball is swung over by Stevie Kinniburgh, Barry Fuller gets a block in.
    • 21:57 Centre by Charlie Lee, Jake Wright manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:19 The ball is delivered by Chris Palmer, Ben Purkiss gets a block in.
    • 18:39 Corner taken by Chris Palmer played to the near post, Close range header by Charlie Lee goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 18:30 Chris Whelpdale delivers the ball, blocked by Stevie Kinniburgh.
    • 17:21 Chris Palmer has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 16:57 Paul Wotton delivers the ball, clearance made by Tony Sinclair.
    • 16:00 Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Save by Ryan Clarke.
    • 14:28 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Palmer, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Chris Whelpdale goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 12:16 Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Palmer, Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Purkiss.
    • 11:32 Unfair challenge on Chris Palmer by Josh Payne results in a free kick. Callum Kennedy takes the direct free kick.
    • 10:55 Cody McDonald takes a shot. Ryan Clarke makes a save.
    • 10:21 Corner taken by Josh Payne from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Maher.
    • 10:06 The ball is sent over by Stevie Kinniburgh.
    • 9:17 Kevin Maher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Payne. Ryan Clarke takes the free kick.
    • 6:21 Simon Clist challenges Kevin Maher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Chris Palmer, comfortable save by Ryan Clarke.
    • Correction - 5:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Cody McDonald by Jake Wright. Chris Palmer has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 5:01 Unfair challenge on Cody McDonald by Jake Wright results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Chris Palmer from the free kick.
    • 5:01 Booking The referee shows Jake Wright a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 2:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adebayo Akinfenwa by Paul Wotton. Matthew Lawrence takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:27 Barry Fuller challenges Tom Craddock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stevie Kinniburgh takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:39 Josh Payne challenges Chris Whelpdale unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Julian takes the indirect free kick.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    Npower League Two table snapshot

    As it stood on 20 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chesterfield 17 16 35
    2 Port Vale 17 12 33
    3 Bury 17 10 31
    4 Rotherham 17 8 30
    5 Shrewsbury 17 9 29
    6 Wycombe 17 8 28
    7 Torquay 17 7 25
    8 Macclesfield 17 -1 25
    9 Stevenage 17 5 23
    10 Cheltenham 16 -3 23
    11 Crewe 17 11 22
    12 Burton Albion 17 2 21
    13 Accrington 17 -1 20
    14 Bradford 17 -4 20
    15 Southend 16 -2 19
    16 Lincoln City 17 -7 19
    17 Aldershot 17 -7 19
    18 Stockport 17 -13 19
    19 Morecambe 17 -6 18
    20 Gillingham 17 -6 18
    21 Oxford Utd 17 -4 17
    22 Northampton 17 -9 17
    23 Barnet 17 -13 16
    24 Hereford 17 -12 15



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