Oxford United 0-1 Lincoln City

Lincoln City kept alive their League One play-off hopes with a crucial 1-0 victory over sixth-placed Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

Danny Mandroiu hit the winner from the penalty spot two minutes into the second half after Ruben Rodrigues fouled Ben House.

They held out despite having substitute Dylan Duffy sent off for a second yellow card seven minutes from the end.

It was a must-win game for the Imps after their home defeat by Wigan Athletic at the weekend and they started the better.

Paudie O’Connor forced goalkeeper Jamie Cumming into a save with a far-post header at a corner and Freddie Draper headed wide from close in.

The visitors suffered a blow when Reeco Hackett had to go off with an arm injury after what looked an innocuous challenge.

As the half wore on Oxford settled and keeper Lukas Jensen twice saved from Tyler Goodrham and Mark Harris also went close twice as the U’s turned up the heat.

But City also looked dangerous and Draper squandered another good opportunity from eight yards.

The U’s were caught cold at the start of the second half when they conceded the spot-kick, hammered home by Mandroiu to Cumming’s left.

Cameron Brannagan added an extra dimension for United when he came off the bench and he cut in from the left to hammer a fierce drive that Jensen did well to save.

But Lincoln defended resolutely for a victory that keeps their season going.

Match report supplied by PA Media.


Oxford Utd

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Cumming
  • 15Stevens
  • 2Long
  • 3Brown
  • 22Leigh
  • 6McEachranSubstituted forBodinat 71′minutes
  • 30DaleSubstituted forBrowneat 70′minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 20RodriguesBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMcGuaneat 87′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 19GoodrhamSubstituted forBrannaganat 59′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Murphy
  • 9M Harris


  • 4Thorniley
  • 8Brannagan
  • 10Bodin
  • 11Browne
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Smyth
  • 18McGuane

Lincoln City

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Jensen
  • 25MitchellBooked at 16mins
  • 15O’ConnorBooked at 49mins
  • 23Roughan
  • 2SørensenSubstituted forEyomaat 90+2′minutes
  • 6ErhahonBooked at 90mins
  • 14MândroiuBooked at 79mins
  • 7Hackett-FairchildSubstituted forDuffyat 8′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 18HouseBooked at 90mins
  • 9TaylorBooked at 75minsSubstituted forMakamaat 76′minutes
  • 34DraperSubstituted forMoylanat 76′minutesSubstituted forJacksonat 90+2′minutes


  • 5Jackson
  • 12Wright
  • 16Burroughs
  • 17Duffy
  • 22Eyoma
  • 27Makama
  • 28Moylan

Lee Swabey


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