Oxford United 1 Leicester City 1
Another fine goal from DJ Campbell was not quite enough for a City victory at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon, the Foxes being held to a draw.
Campbell struck midway through the first-half with a superb 25-yard free-kick but the home side levelled after the break although the visitors always had the edge and came close to tipping the balance their way.
City wasted no time in creating their first chance as, after only three minutes, Lloyd Dyer, starting on the right, cut in for a shot which came back off the far post. The home side soon replied when Alfie Potter got through on the right to set up a cross from right-back Damian Batt but the ball was well cleared by Michael Morrison.
Next, a fine break down the left by Matty Fryatt led to a pass infield for Andy King whose fierce shot hit Steve Howard and was eventually cleared for a corner, headed down strongly by Morrison but his effort was cleared too.
At the other end, a low cross by Batt was coolly dealt with by Jack Hobbs and when Dannie Bulman got through in the left, another superb tackle by Morrison cleared the danger before the breakthrough came.
Howard was fouled 25 yards out slightly to the left of the goal and Campbell's brilliant shot beat the wall to bulge the net behind a despairing Ryan Clarke in the 21st minute.
This put City well in command and after a fine move involving Dyer, King and Fryatt, the latter had a fine shot saved
The only real danger to City came when Hobbs screwed a clearance over his own bar but nothing came of the corner and the half ended with Howard seeing a good shot deflected just wide.
City picked up where they left off in the second half with a Bruno Berner cross just eluding Campbell in the area and the left-back later set up Campbell for a shot which was saved before the home side came close to a leveller. After apparent fouls on not just Hobbs but also Chris Weale in the build-up, Potter steered his shot wide when he should have done better.
The hosts were raising their game and in the 74th minute, they equalised when a right wing cross from Simon Heslop was turned home in the middle by skipper James Constable.
City's lead could have been restored when Howard and Fryatt combined to send Dyer into the area but he was foiled by a great save from Clarke, and didn't even get the corner!
In the closing stages, a Nicky Adams shot was deflected into the side net and a Dyer shot and a Fryatt header came close but it ended honours even.
City: Weale; Adams, Morrison, Hobbs, Berner, Dyer, King, Wellens, Campbell, Fryatt, Howard. Subs: Logan, Parkes (71 for Berner), Kennedy (76 for Hobbs), Verma (74 for King), N'Guessan (64 for Campbell).
Oxford: Clarke; Batt, Tonkin, Bulman, Creighton, Wright, Potter, Heslop, Constable, Deering, Hall. Subs: Franks (46 for Wright), Worley (84 for Creighton), Kinniburgh (84 for Heslop), Green (58 for Potter), Midson (74 for Constable), Cole (62 for Deering), West, Eastwood.
Referee: J Farries.