Oxford United 2-1 Ipswich Town

Cameron Brannagan hit a long-range screamer in the thickening fog to earn Oxford victory over third-placed Ipswich.

The result was a blow to Town’s hopes of closing the gap on the top two Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday in the League One promotion race.

But the Yellows were delighted as they avenged a 3-0 pummeling at Portman Road on Boxing Day to stay within eight points of the play-off places.

Suriname international Yanic Wildschut scored his first Oxford goal in the 34th minute, dribbling past two defenders before prodding a shot under goalkeeper Christian Walton.

Town responded quickly, with left-back Leif Davis heading Marcus Harness’ cross down past Simon Eastwood and into the bottom corner just four minutes later for his first professional goal.

Ipswich had good chances. Wes Burns drove against the top of the crossbar and George Hirst shot wide from a great position.

The fog worsened in the second half and spectators were left guessing at what was happening on the opposite side of the ground.

The contest was settled when Brannagan hammered in a right-footed winner from outside the box with seven minutes to go.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 13Eastwood
  • 2Long
  • 5Moore
  • 16Brown
  • 33AndersonSubstituted forGoodrhamat 83′minutes
  • 14BateSubstituted forFindlayat 89′minutes
  • 18McGuaneSubstituted forTaylorat 65′minutes
  • 8Brannagan
  • 3Fleming
  • 30WildschutSubstituted forJosephat 65′minutes
  • 7BodinSubstituted forO’Donkorat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Findlay
  • 9Taylor
  • 22Joseph
  • 27Goodrham
  • 28Negro
  • 31Plumley
  • 39O’Donkor

Ipswich

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Walton
  • 44DonacienBooked at 81minsSubstituted forClarkeat 85′minutes
  • 6Woolfenden
  • 15Burgess
  • 7burnsSubstituted forJacksonat 86′minutes
  • 5Morsy
  • 8evans
  • 3Davis
  • 11harnessSubstituted forBroadheadat 64′minutes
  • 27HirstSubstituted forLadapoat 64′minutes
  • 10ChaplinSubstituted forAlukoat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ladapo
  • 19Jackson
  • 23Aluko
  • 25Long
  • 31Hladky
  • 33Broadhead
  • 34Clarke

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