Cameron Brannagan hit a long-range screamer within the thickening fog to earn Oxford victory over third-placed Ipswich.
The outcome was a blow to City’s hopes of closing the hole on the highest two Plymouth and Sheffield Wednesday within the League One promotion race.
However the Yellows had been delighted as they avenged a 3-0 pummelling at Portman Street on Boxing Day to remain inside eight factors of the play-off locations.
Suriname worldwide Yanic Wildschut scored his first Oxford purpose within the thirty fourth minute, dribbling previous two defenders earlier than prodding a shot beneath goalkeeper Christian Walton.
City responded shortly, with left-back Leif Davis heading Marcus Harness’ cross down previous Simon Eastwood and into the underside nook simply 4 minutes later for his first skilled purpose.
Ipswich had good probabilities. Wes Burns drove towards the highest of the crossbar and George Hirst shot extensive from a terrific place.
The fog worsened within the second half and spectators had been left guessing at what was taking place on the alternative facet of the bottom.
The competition was settled when Brannagan hammered in a right-footed winner from exterior the field with seven minutes to go.
Match report provided by PA Media.
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Match ends, Oxford United 2, Ipswich City 1.
Second Half ends, Oxford United 2, Ipswich City 1.
Foul by Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich City).
Matty Taylor (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the proper wing.
Hand ball by Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich City).
Offside, Oxford United. Stuart Findlay tries a by means of ball, however Matty Taylor is caught offside.
Try blocked. Matty Taylor (Oxford United) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Goodrham.
Delay over. They’re able to proceed.
Substitution, Oxford United. Stuart Findlay replaces Lewis Bate.
Delay in match (Ipswich City).
Try blocked. Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich City) proper footed shot from the proper facet of the six yard field is blocked.
Try blocked. Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich City) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked.
Harry Clarke (Ipswich City) hits the bar with a header from the left facet of the six yard field. Assisted by Leif Davis with a cross following a nook.
Nook, Ipswich City. Conceded by Ciaron Brown.
Nook, Ipswich City. Conceded by Tyler Goodrham.
Substitution, Ipswich City. Kayden Jackson replaces Wes Burns.
Substitution, Ipswich City. Sone Aluko replaces Conor Chaplin.
Substitution, Ipswich City. Harry Clarke replaces Janoi Donacien.
Hand ball by Matty Taylor (Oxford United).
Try saved. Freddie Ladapo (Ipswich City) proper footed shot from exterior the field is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Nathan Broadhead.