A toothless Mansfield Town were well beaten as they crashed 3-0 away to relegation rivals Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon.
Trailing 1-0 to an Alex MacDonald goal at the break after a scrappy first half, there was at least hope of Stags stepping up a gear after the break.
Instead the visitors barely left their half and home keeper Ryan Clarke had the easiest of afternoons.
Indeed, his only real save was a poor Oliver shot that spun up off a divot en route in the first half.
Otherwise Mansfield created very little and got what they deserved on the day as another MacDonald goal and a Danny Hylton penalty sealed three vital points for Oxford on a poor surface.
The win saw Oxford leapfrog Mansfield in the relegation scrap as they chalked up an identical score to last season in this fixture.