October 6, 2012
U's hold Gills to stalemate
League Two leaders Gillingham saw their 100% away record ended by a resilient Oxford side following a goalless draw at the Kassam Stadium.
The Gills carved Oxford open several times in the first half but they were denied by recalled U's goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, who pulled off a series of top-class saves.
In the second half, however, United more than held their own and Alfie Potter went close with a lofted shot which Stuart Nelson pushed over the crossbar.
Clarke made a fine double save in the third minute from Danny Kedwell and Adam Barrett.
Chris Whelpdale then planted a glancing header wide, while Barrett's header from a corner was cleared virtually off the line by Jake Forster-Caskey.
Clarke saved superbly from Deon Burton either side of half-time but then the home side came much more into the game and substitute Tom Craddock went close with a shot which was deflected over.
It was Oxford's first clean sheet in nine games following their sorry September, while the Gills saw their lead at the summit cut to three points.
|1 Ryan Clarke||1 Stuart Nelson|
|6 Jake Wright||28 David Wright|
|25 Johnny Mullins||26 Adam Barrett|
|23 Luke O'Brien||3 Joseph Martin|
|2 Damian Batt||6 Tom Flanagan|
|8 Simon Heslop||2 Matt Fish|
|14 Sean Rigg||24 Myles Weston|
|7 Adam Chapman||7 Chris Whelpdale|
|18 Jake Forster-Caskey||4 Jack Payne|
|10 Deane Smalley||20 Deon Burton|
|15 Alfie Potter||9 Danny Kedwell|
|31 Max Crocombe||Tommy Forecast 21|
|17 Tony Capaldi||Andy Frampton 12|
|22 Harry Worley||Callum Davies 15|
|24 Daniel Boateng||Lewis Montrose 16|
|20 Peter Leven||Bradley Dack 18|
|9 James Constable||Ben Strevens 10|
|29 Tom Craddock||Robbie Findley 29|
|Daniel Boateng for Damian Batt (42)||Lewis Montrose for David Wright (55)|
|Tom Craddock for Deane Smalley (46)||Robbie Findley for Myles Weston (59)|
|James Constable for Alfie Potter (82)||Andy Frampton for Deon Burton (70)|
|Robbie Findley (73)|
|Danny Kedwell (89)|
|· Squads: Oxford United | Gillingham|