Just over 8000 fans turned out to witness what turned out to be the end of our playoff hopes for another season.

Argyle had the chance to leapfrog an Oxford side who had lost the last three games and really put a statement of intent on making the playoffs.

It was not to be, The game was delayed to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy to a kick off time of 15:07.

A minutes silence was impeccably held to mark the 96 lives lost that day.

Though a good cause to show respect I've never been a fan of silence's just prior to kick off. It kills all the enthusiasm out of the start of the match and seemingly the players also.

We were so slow getting started that it didn't take Oxford long to settle and the ageing impressive Kitson holding the ball up and with some great movement ghosted into the box without any attention of our defenders was able to latch on to a beautiful cross to volley home from 8 yards.

Our uphill task was more of a mountain after Maxine Blanchard was shown a red card on for a second booking after a late challenge on Kiston.

On 63 minutes the game was put out of reach after Oxford made the advantage count after O'Dowda sent Constable over the halfway line with defenders retreating and no midfielders chasing back the experienced striker kept eating up the yards before smashing an unstoppable drive passed the sprawling Jake Cole.

Argyle's best chance fell to Nelson who saw his header force the keeper into a great save and on the balance of things it showed that we are still a way off playoff quality.

Semper Fidelis