Oxford United draw 2-2 in FA Cup against Bristol Rovers

Oxford Line-up and Stats

FA CupKassam Stadium
Sun 7th NOV 2021Attendance: 5083
Oxford United2Bristol Rovers2
Taylor11′Finley45′ +2
McGuane51′Evans87′ (P)
1Simon Eastwood
2Sam Long
4Jordan Thorniley
5Elliot Moore
42Steve Seddon
6Alex Gorrin⬇️ 22′
8Cameron Brannagan
18Marcus McGuane⬇️ 79′
10Mark Sykes⬇️ 71′
21Gavin Whyte⬇️ 71′
9Matt Taylor⬇️ 71′⚽?
14Forde⬆️ 71 for Whyte
7Williams⬆️ 22 for Gorrin
23Bodin ⬆️ 71 for Sykes
19Agyei ⬆️ 71 for Taylor
20Hanson⬆️ 79 for McGuane

Oxford United vs Bristol Rovers Match Report

In-form Oxford United went into tomorrows draw for round 2 of the Emirates FA Cup after a great 2-2 draw against League Two Bristol Rovers managed by Joey Barton and 34 places below them in the football pyramid.

The woodwork and a man of the man performance from opposition keeper James Belshaw denied both Sykes and Taylor world-class goals in the glorious sunshine.

After exits in both the Carabao Cup and the EFL Trophy, Matty Taylor gave the hosts a dream start in just the 11th minute when a returning Cameron Brannagan released Mark Sykes to drive the perfect low cross for Taylor to finish off.

Barton was known for his combative playing style, and it’s clear that he sets up his side to play similarly. Alex Gorrin took a heavy challenge and was forced off to injury, and Taylor was targeted to trigger a reaction. The plan worked as he was booked for a foul which sparked a melee and the team looked unsettled.

The Gas capitalised in first half injury time with Sam Finley, who also got booked in the handbags, picking up a loose ball with Long’s headed clearance not strong enough.

Rovers started the second half as they finished, having possession and keeping the U’s pinned into their own half. But McGuane scored a special goal in the 51st minute against the run of player after an intelligent 1-2 with Matty Taylor. The former Nottingham Forest player bended in a curling shot with the instep to give his side the lead.

Minutes later Williams teed up Whyte who missed a sitter and should have put the game out of sight. Chances flowed by as a 4 vs 2 situation saw Taylor fire wide, and Finley fired over after a corner.

Sykes almost scored a worldie from his own half which Belshaw tipped over, which would have been the undisputed goal of the season. The keeper then pushed a Sykes effort onto the crossbar as the Yellows tried to put the game out of reach of their opponents.

The woodwork denied Taylor after another special effort with again the keeper off his line with a first timed lobbed volley. The effort rivalled the one by Sykes and the U’s fans were denied two goals that would have been talked about for years to come.

The post denied Taylor again a minute later before he came off to a well earned rest after a great game. The triple substitution saw all three attacking players come off with retaining the lead in mind. The versatile Forde and defensive Hanson were instructed to pack the midfield to hold the game.

The move didn’t quite pay off as Hanson conceded a late penalty by fouling Collins when trying to clear the ball, to gift Evans the equaliser for Rover. An unwanted replay Tuesday week, but still in the competition.

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02.10.21ASheffield WednesdayLeague OneW2-1Match Report
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16.10.21HPlymouth ArgyleLeague OneL1-3Match Report
19.10.21HShrewsbury TownLeague OneW2-0Match Report
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13.11.21AIpswich TownLeague OneD0-0Match Report
16.11.21ABristol RoversFA CupL3-4Match Report
23.11.21HFleetwood TownLeague OneW3-1Match Report
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04.12.21ASunderlandLeague OneD1-1Match Report
07.12.21ADoncaster RoversLeague OneW2-1Match Report
11.12.21AMK DonsLeague OneW2-1Match Report
18.12.21HWigan AthleticLeague OneL2-3Match Report
29.12.21HAFC WimbledonLeague OneW3-0Match Report
01.01.22HCheltenham TownLeague OneD1-1Match Report
08.01.22ALincoln CityLeague OneL0-2Match Report
15.01.22AWycombe WanderersLeague OneL0-2Match Report
22.01.22HSheffield WednesdayLeague OneW3-2Match Report
29.01.22AGillinghamLeague OneW7-2Match Report
01.02.22AWigan AthleticLeague OneD1-1Match Report
05.02.22HPortsmouthLeague OneW3-2Match Report
08.02.22AAccrington StanleyLeague OneL0-2Match Report
12.02.22HBolton WanderersLeague OneL2-3Match Report
19.02.22ACharlton AthleticLeague OneW4-0Match Report
22.02.22ACrewe AlexandraLeague OneW1-0Match Report
26.02.22HCambridge UnitedLeague OneW4-2Match Report
01.03.22APortsmouthLeague OneL2-3Match Report
05.03.22HBurton AlbionLeague OneW4-1Match Report
12.03.22AShrewsbury TownLeague OneW2-1Match Report
19.03.22HIpswich TownLeague OneD1-1Match Report
02.04.22APlymouth ArgyleLeague OneL0-1
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09.04.22HSunderlandLeague OneL1-2
15.04.22AFleetwood TownLeague OneW3-2
18.04.22HMK DonsLeague OneW1-0
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