Despite their lowly position, Accrington started really brightly and had the first chance of the game after just two minutes when one of their strikers had a shot that narrowly missed the goal. On six minutes they actually had the ball in the net when, following up a shot which rebounded off the post, the Accrington man was adjudged to be offside.
Oxford had their first chance after 10 minutes when a fiercely taken 30-yard freekick was well saved by the Stanley keeper. Again Accrington pushed Oxford back and Clarke had to be alert when he finger-tipped a long range effort over the bar. From the corner Clarke then pulled off an amazing save when their striker had a header from close range.
At the other end, following a corner, the ball dropped nicely for Heslop just outside the area, but his half-volley flew over the bar. Then Leven was brought tumbling down in the area but the U's pleas for a penalty fell on deaf ears and the referee waved play on.
On 35 minutes the end of the universe was expected as the first goal between these two sides was recorded. Hall was cynically fouled mid-way in Accrington's half earning the defender a yellow card. With the ball sat 35 yards out, Paul McLaren took a long range shot which took a wicked deflection making it loop over the goalies head and into the net!
Despite the goal, Accrington still looked the stronger side and Oxford were made to work hard to keep their lead going into the half-time break.
Oxford started the second half much as they had finished the first, having to defend resolutely against a determined Accrington side. On 53 minutes Wilder decided to ring the changes, surprisingly bringing on Payne for McLaren and Haworth for Heslop. Haworths first contribution was to pick up a yellow card and give away a free-kick in a dangerous position but luckily for us a spectacular looking overhead kick was way off target.
On a rare foray into their half, following a quick free kick, Constable saw his half-volley easily saved by the keeper. But all the pressure was at the other end on Oxford's defence and the inevitable happened when a poorly cleared ball was thumped into the net from the edge of the area.
Stung into action Potter went on a mazy run through their defence only to hit a weak shot that was easily dealt with by their defenders. The game was becoming more fragmented and there was no rhythm from either side as yellow cards were issued to both teams.
As the action stuttered from end to end both teams had efforts but failed to hit the target. With extra time being played Oxford tried to mount one last attack to try and snatch victory but a header by Duberry just went over the bar and the chance was gone.
So, yet another home game in which Oxford took the lead but ended up drawing. The result was very disappointing but fair because Accrington certainly didn't come here looking to nick a point and could probably count themselves unlucky they didn't get all 3.