English FA Cup
December 18, 2012
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Two goals in 14 second-half minutes earned Oxford a place in the FA Cup third round for the first time in 10 years following a 2-0 home win over Accrington.
James Constable and Peter Leven struck to bring the U's the reward of a home tie against League One high-flyers Sheffield United next month.
It is the first time Oxford have reached the third round since the 2002/03 season when they lost to Arsenal at Highbury.
This second-round replay, postponed because of a frozen pitch last Wednesday, took an age to get going and had nothing of the entertainment and excitement of the first match, a 3-3 thriller at the Crown Ground.
Accrington right-back Aristote Nsiala made two superb goal-line clearances within a few moments of each other from Constable and Tom Craddock.
Oxford stepped up their pressure in the second half but the breakthrough came from an Alfie Potter counter-attack after 66 minutes.
Potter's 50-yard run and shot by Constable forced a corner and from Leven's flag kick, Constable powered home a header.
Constable turned provider to set up Leven for a beautifully-hit left-foot volley from 20 yards 10 minutes from time.
The U's also had the boost of seeing veteran defender Michael Duberry come on as a sub after six months out with a neck injury.
|Oxford United||Accrington Stanley|
|1 Ryan Clarke||1 Paul Rachubka|
|6 Jake Wright||2 Peter Murphy|
|4 Michael Raynes||6 Dean Winnard|
|2 Damian Batt||24 Lee Molyneux|
|20 Peter Leven||3 Michael Liddle|
|26 Liam Davis||5 Aristote Nsiala|
|14 Sean Rigg||4 Luke Joyce|
|7 Adam Chapman||14 Luke Clark|
|9 James Constable||21 James Beattie|
|29 Tom Craddock||33 Romuald Boco|
|15 Alfie Potter||7 Craig Lindfield|
|21 Wayne Brown||Andrew Dawber 22|
|17 Tony Capaldi||Bohan Dixon 15|
|5 Michael Duberry||George Miller 12|
|23 Luke O'Brien||Will Hatfield 10|
|22 Harry Worley||Piero Mingoia 30|
|19 Lee Cox||Charlie Bennett 8|
|28 Tyrone Marsh||Padraig Amond 23|
|Lee Cox for Adam Chapman (16)||Padraig Amond for Dean Winnard (46)|
|Tony Capaldi for Tom Craddock (80)||Bohan Dixon for Peter Murphy (54)|
|Michael Duberry for Sean Rigg (90)||Piero Mingoia for James Beattie (62)|
|Jake Wright (14)||Aristote Nsiala (39)|
|Liam Davis (74)|
|· Squads: Oxford United | Accrington Stanley|