There was nothing to split Northampton Town or Oxford United at Sixfields after the two sides played out a goalless draw.

While the performance was enough for Northampton to avoid slipping to three straight home losses, the result does little to ease the side’s relegation fears.

The result was enough for Northampton to maintain 19th position and extend their advantage on the relegation zone to two points, although 4th bottom Oldham Athletic saw their game postponed.

Both sides were guilty of squandering first half chances. Northampton had the earlier efforts, with Chris Long missing the target with two good chances from inside the box and unable to connect with a low cross.

Oxford did begin to grow into the game, with Ricardinho having a shot cleared off the line by Brendan Moloney before Isaac Buckley-Ricketts hit the bar and Ryan Ledson saw a long range effort just bounce wide.

The second half was a scrappier affair, but there were still opportunities to win the game. The home side were just unable to turn in a goalmouth scramble, with Matt Crooks and Sam Hoskins among those thwarted.

The best chance for a winner saw Oxford’s Wes Thomas head wide, but there was no decisive strike and the match ended goalless.