|Bristol Rovers 3 v 1 Oxford United|
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Saturday, 24th August 2019 Kick-off 15:00
Nichols On Target As Rovers Win
Sunday, 25th Aug 2019 14:01
Bristol Rovers secured their second win in a week as they brushed aside Oxford United at The Memorial Stadium.
The visit of Oxford saw the return of former striker Matty Taylor who joined on loan from Bristol City earlier this week and was left feeling the raft of the Gasheads. His return saw a very lacklustre performance which saw him booked, lucky not to be sent off for a swing at the impressive Kilgour and then limp off injured after just 30 minutes.
Manager Graham Coughlin named the same side that beat Tranmere in midweek and went with the same 3-5-2 formation. Before the match started Rovers remembered former striker Junior Agogo who sadly passed at just 40 years of age. After a pretty even start Oxford took the lead after Rovers defence backed off to allow Oxford midfielder Ben Woodburn to fire home from 25 yards out.
It took Rovers just 10 minutes to draw level through a brilliant Ed Upson half volley from distance. Rovers then went ahead just before the break when the lively Josh Hare was once again the provider for Clarke-Harris who headed home Hares left-footed cross.
In the second half, Rovers took control of the game and saw a goal disallowed, another excellent Hare cross was headed home by Leahy, but the goal was ruled out for offside. Rovers did add a third on 78 minutes when Ollie Clarke danced his way through the OXford defence and square the ball to Tom Nichols to fire home. Nichols had only been on for one minute.
Rovers are up to 12th in League One and next face Brighton on Tuesday night at The Memorial Stadium in the Second Round of The League Cup.
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