Our next test is a tricky away tie against an in-form Bristol Rovers. Bristol Rovers have had a poor season so far, but have picked up considerably following the dismissal of Paul Buckle and the appointment of Mark McGhee. With the final playoff place on the line, Oxford will be hoping to push on from Tuesday's stuttering win over Dagenham, while Rovers are hoping to mount a late charge to sneak into that final place. Here's Matt Peck with the stats.
Bristol: DWWWL (10 pts)
Oxford: WLDDW (8 pts)
Times played (at Bristol): 20
Last league Result (At Bristol): (13 September 2005)
Bristol Rovers 1 v 1 Oxford
Walker (64) Hackett (43)
Reverse Fixture: Oxford 3 – 0 Bristol Rovers
Oxford and Bristol Rovers have met consistently since Oxford’s admission into the Football League in the 1960s. The longest period between meetings was 7 years between 1967 and 1974.
Bristol have enjoyed the fixture more than Oxford, winning 11 times at home against the U’s. This included a thumping 6-2 win for the Pirates in 2001, where Oxford actually took the lead through a Richardson goal in the 21st minute.
Oxford have picked up 22 points from 15 games on the road this season, losing just a third of their away games. Bristol Rovers have picked up just 21 points from 16 home games, conceding 25 goals in the process.
Bristol have recovered from an 8 game winless run to win 4 of their last 6 games and climb away from the danger end of the table.
Defensively these two are 13 places apart. Oxford having the third best defence, Bristol, 20th. Oxford have kept a clean sheet 34% of the time, compared to Bristols 20%.
In attack these two are much closer together. 12th for Oxford, 16th for Bristol. This highlights Oxford’s occasional inability to score goals this season. Indeed for two clubs separated by 7 places in the league, Oxford have only scored 3 more goals all season.