MX23RW : Thursday, October 18 10:03:56
Mar 25, 2018 at 4pm UK at ​Fratton Park (Portsmouth)
Attendance: 17,892
Portsmouth
3-0
Oxford UtdOxford United
Naismith (5'), Pitman (69', 79')
Thompson (45'), Naismith (46'), McGee (63')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Ledson (14'), Dickie (27'), Brannagan (75')
Mowatt (62')

Result: Karl Robinson beaten in first Oxford United game as Portsmouth run riot

Karl Robinson's first game in charge of Oxford United ends in a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Portsmouth in Sunday's League One clash at Fratton Park.

Karl Robinson's first game in charge of Oxford United has ended in a 3-0 defeat away at Portsmouth on Sunday.

The 37-year-old took charge of the U's on Thursday, shortly after leaving fellow League One side Charlton Athletic.

However, the 16th-placed visitors were comprehensively defeated by Pompey, a side hoping to secure a playoff place in the table, at Fratton Park.

Portsmouth assistant manager Joe Gallen took charge of his side for the fixture, with manager Kenny Jackett absent due to a family issue.

The hosts surged into the lead after just five minutes, as a corner swung in deep was flicked on by Matt Clarke and poked home by Kal Naismith from close range.

Oxford rattled the woodwork midway through the first half as the ball was passed to James Henry on the edge of the box and the ensuing effort was drilled onto the top of the bar.

The U's could not force an equaliser by the break, however, and when they were handed a reprieve from the penalty spot on the hour, Alex Mowatt could only strike the post.

Drama ensued as Nathan Thompson taunted the penalty taker, who responded by swinging an arm into the face of the 27-year-old, and was subsequently shown a red card.

Boosted by a numerical advantage, Portsmouth added a second on 70 minute through Brett Pitman, who finished at the back post from Jamal Lowe's cross.

Pompey captain Pitman made sure of all three points with his second of the game nine minutes later, a squared ball - once again from Lowe - tapped into the back of the net from close range.

PORTSMOUTH (4-1-4-1): McGee; Walkes, Whatmough, Clarke, Donohue; Thompson (May 87'); Lowe, Close, Ronan (Evans 51'), Naismith; Pitman

OXFORD UNITED (4-1-2-1-2): Eastwood; Kane, Dickie, Mousinho, Smith-Brown (Ricardinho 77'); Brannagan; Ledson, Mowatt; Henry (Mehmeti 77'); Napa (Rothwell 66'), Thomas

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth1393123111230
2Peterborough UnitedPeterborough1383230191127
3Sunderland1366124131124
4Doncaster RoversDoncaster137332116524
5Barnsley126512371623
6Accrington StanleyAccrington136521713423
7Walsall126421512322
8Fleetwood Town135532112920
9Luton TownLuton135531715220
10Southend UnitedSouthend136251716120
11Charlton AthleticCharlton125341918118
12Coventry CityCoventry135351113-218
13Blackpool12381129317
14Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe134542026-617
15Burton Albion124261315-214
16Rochdale133461928-913
17Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury132651113-212
18Wycombe WanderersWycombe132651419-512
19Gillingham123271522-711
20AFC Wimbledon133281018-811
21Bristol Rovers13247913-410
22Bradford CityBradford133191020-1010
23Oxford UnitedOxford Utd132381323-109
24Plymouth ArgylePlymouth13148922-137

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