Clarke heroics hand Oxford point: Match Review

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Oxford goalkeeper Ryan Clarke brilliantly saved a penalty 10 minutes from time to earn Oxford a point in a 1-1 draw with Cheltenham.

He dived full-length to his right to keep out a Wes Thomas spot kick after Anthony Tonkin fouled Brian Smikle.

This was Oxford's first draw in 19 games, since these sides last met in a 1-1 draw at Whaddon Road.

The Robins led from Thomas' chip over Clarke in the 26th minute which followed a mistake from U's centre back Jake Wright, who allowed Marlon Pack's long ball to bounce over his head.

But Tom Craddock hauled Oxford level seven minutes later.

Craddock stooped to head in Damian Batt's right-wing cross from five yards for his 13th goal of the season.

Both teams had goals ruled out, Cheltenham for off-side and Oxford for a push on the keeper at a corner.

Oxford did all the pressing in the second half, but could not force the ball in.

Craddock had probably their best opportunity, with a far-post header from another Batt cross, that keeper Scott Brown kept out on his goalline.

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