Oxford Utd 2 (Hall 66, Trotman og 88) Plymouth Argyle 3 (Lavery 46, Reid pen 81, 87)

Bicester Advertiser: Oxford Utd 2 (Hall 66, Trotman og 88) Plymouth Argyle 3 (Lavery 46, Reid pen 81, 87) Oxford Utd 2 (Hall 66, Trotman og 88) Plymouth Argyle 3 (Lavery 46, Reid pen 81, 87)

A BUMPER crowd left disappointed as Oxford United conceded twice late on to slip to a defeat against Plymouth Argyle.

Reuben Reid struck twice in six minutes to put the Pilgrims on the way to maximum points in front of more than 10,000 at the Kassam Stadium.

There was late drama when Neal Trotman scored an own goal to give United hope, but despite pushing hard they could not find a grandstand finish.

The excitement in the closing stages was in stark contrast to an uneventful first half.

United only got going once they fell behind to Caolan Lavery's strike seconds after the restart.

Asa Hall levelled with a superb strike, but for once they could not kick on in the final 20 minutes and instead Reid's brace meant it was the 699 away fans making all the noise at the final whistle.

Sean Rigg came in for Josh Ruffels in the only change to the United starting line-up from Saturday's goalless draw at York.

United had billed the game as 'The Big Match' and a bumper crowd were treated to a variety of pre-match entertainment.

Pyrotechnics accompanied the two teams on their way out of the tunnel, helping to generate a great atmosphere before kick-off.

Unfortunately, there were no fireworks when the game got under way.

United struggled to find a rhythm against a physical Plymouth side, who had all the early sights of goal.

Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke twice made routine stops from Andres Gurrieri, while skipper Conor Hourihane bent a shot just over the crossbar.

The home side had plenty of the ball, without making much headway in the final third.

Dave Kitson, one booking away from a two-game ban, flirted with danger several times early on, but escaped without punishment.

The veteran had United's only effort on goal from open play before the break, glancing a header from David Hunt's cross well wide.

Hunt came closest to breaking the deadlock after James Constable was fouled just outside the box on 25 minutes.

The full back caught the free-kick sweetly, only to see it miss the top corner by inches.

It would have been a spectacular goal, but it proved to be the highlight in an otherwise drab 45 minutes.

The game badly needed a goal - and one duly arrived within 30 seconds of the restart.

It was not the breakthrough the massed ranks of home support were craving, though, as Lavery spun and shot past Clarke from 20 yards.

United were stung into action and came agonisingly close to an equaliser within two minutes.

Hunt's long throw found its way to Constable at the back post, who powered a header which hit the underside of the bar but did not cross the line.

Falling behind fired up the hosts, though, and they went on to increase the pressure.

A series of half chances came and went, before the equaliser arrived on 66 minutes.

A clearance went straight to Hall, who calmly chested the ball down and volleyed into the far corner from 25 yards.

United looked to build on the goal and Danny Rose came close to matching his central midfield colleague, volleying just over from the edge of the box.

Chris Wilder's men have made a habit out of scoring late goals, but as the game ticked into the final ten minutes they conceded.

Kitson handled a cross and from the spot Reid sent Clarke the wrong way to restore the advantage.

The game looked over when the striker scored again six minutes later.

Tope Obadeyi had a shot blocked straight into Reid's path and, despite the efforts of Jake Wright on the line, the ball crept into the net.

It was the cue for some U's fans to head for an early exit, but many were quickly scurrying back to their seats.

Within a minute of falling 3-1 behind, Tom Newey's cross was turned into his own net by Trotman.

Four additional minutes gave added hope of a comeback, but a free-kick which Rose curled wide was their final chance as United stumbled to defeat.

Oxford Utd (4-4-1-1): Clarke, Hunt, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Williams, Hall, Rose, Rigg, Kitson, Constable.

Subs used: Smalley (Rigg 79).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Long, Raynes, Davies, Ruffels, Marsh.

Booked: Rigg, Hunt, Kitson.

Plymouth (4-4-2): McCormick, Blanchard, Trotman, Nelson, Purrington, Gurrieri, Blizzard, Hourihane, Alessandra, Reid (Branston 90), Lavery (Obadeyi 83).

Unused subs: Cole, Boco, Young, Wotton, Thomas.

Booked: Gurrieri, Purrington, Blanchard, Lavery.

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire).

Attendance: 10,049 (699 visitors).

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5:49pm Thu 26 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

It would seem the opposition forward players can run through walls and hassle our defenders, even there midfield players have speed and quickness of foot, ours do not apart from Benidorm's (Asa Hall) wonderful strike our forwards would not score all day.

Disappointed today not with the selection but the attitude of the players, I reckon we need a manager who can bring in players who can run all day long and chase hassle and worry the other team.
It would seem the opposition forward players can run through walls and hassle our defenders, even there midfield players have speed and quickness of foot, ours do not apart from Benidorm's (Asa Hall) wonderful strike our forwards would not score all day. Disappointed today not with the selection but the attitude of the players, I reckon we need a manager who can bring in players who can run all day long and chase hassle and worry the other team. BigAlBiker

6:39pm Thu 26 Dec 13

dorsetyellows says...

Well played plymouth , showed up how ordinary this oxford team are when their got at . Hope wilder can bring in a couple of better midfielders than we've got just now . And I hope the club don't pin there hopes too much on dave kitson next season . Great opera singer though !!!
Well played plymouth , showed up how ordinary this oxford team are when their got at . Hope wilder can bring in a couple of better midfielders than we've got just now . And I hope the club don't pin there hopes too much on dave kitson next season . Great opera singer though !!! dorsetyellows

6:43pm Thu 26 Dec 13

oldun says...

Far, far from a top 3 performance. We are in the top 3 - that's all that really matters at the end of the season. Stay there United
Far, far from a top 3 performance. We are in the top 3 - that's all that really matters at the end of the season. Stay there United oldun

7:43pm Thu 26 Dec 13

tws says...

What really gets me is not the result, not the poor referee, not the fact a team much lower in lge2 beat us at home, not that my youngest has to endure another misfiring home performance, not even out dire home form ALL season but the fact 10,000 people came to witness this & most WILL NOT return!!
Yes I'm a part time supporter who only goes when I'm not reffing on a Saturday, (spoiling it for 22 local lads) but I'm really concerned that below par performances like this, will hit the home gate attendance & severely "cap" our ability to enhance a decent squad, as we strive for auto promotion!!! I realise how fickle Utd fans can be, this won't help in any way, I can only hope I'm totally wrong, wouldn't be the 1st time, would it???
The huge exodus at 3-1 was a real negative & make's my case??
Another poor ref but can we blame him? Alas, I think not!!!
BUT I'll be there Sunday & so will my youngest, poor sod!!!
What really gets me is not the result, not the poor referee, not the fact a team much lower in lge2 beat us at home, not that my youngest has to endure another misfiring home performance, not even out dire home form ALL season but the fact 10,000 people came to witness this & most WILL NOT return!! Yes I'm a part time supporter who only goes when I'm not reffing on a Saturday, (spoiling it for 22 local lads) but I'm really concerned that below par performances like this, will hit the home gate attendance & severely "cap" our ability to enhance a decent squad, as we strive for auto promotion!!! I realise how fickle Utd fans can be, this won't help in any way, I can only hope I'm totally wrong, wouldn't be the 1st time, would it??? The huge exodus at 3-1 was a real negative & make's my case?? Another poor ref but can we blame him? Alas, I think not!!! BUT I'll be there Sunday & so will my youngest, poor sod!!! tws

9:13pm Thu 26 Dec 13

hawkeye1 says...

Yep, 10,000+ today, perfect chance to win back a lot of the stay away fans, but I'm thinking they will remain stay away's with that result, seem to recall a few seasons back when we were top of the league for a long time, then in the New Year we started the decending slide, so hope this is not a sign of the same stuff.
Yep, 10,000+ today, perfect chance to win back a lot of the stay away fans, but I'm thinking they will remain stay away's with that result, seem to recall a few seasons back when we were top of the league for a long time, then in the New Year we started the decending slide, so hope this is not a sign of the same stuff. hawkeye1

9:39pm Thu 26 Dec 13

dave from witney says...

You have to say if Ian Lenagan talks contract with Wilder, he wants his head examined. Clearly to 10000 fans today, Wilder cannot inspire or put together a true top division two team. Must say, reckon 'Big Al' is suffering from too much Christmas goodwill, very restrained tonight
You have to say if Ian Lenagan talks contract with Wilder, he wants his head examined. Clearly to 10000 fans today, Wilder cannot inspire or put together a true top division two team. Must say, reckon 'Big Al' is suffering from too much Christmas goodwill, very restrained tonight dave from witney

9:53pm Thu 26 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

dave from witney wrote:
You have to say if Ian Lenagan talks contract with Wilder, he wants his head examined. Clearly to 10000 fans today, Wilder cannot inspire or put together a true top division two team. Must say, reckon 'Big Al' is suffering from too much Christmas goodwill, very restrained tonight
I was a little restrained yes, only because we are still in the top two, just think what we could be doing to the rest of the league if we could play at home, or have some sort of answer to the opposite teams who come to the best ground and facilities in the league?

I would give Wilder to the end of the season, and if we get automatic protection then he can stay, if not he has to go.
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: You have to say if Ian Lenagan talks contract with Wilder, he wants his head examined. Clearly to 10000 fans today, Wilder cannot inspire or put together a true top division two team. Must say, reckon 'Big Al' is suffering from too much Christmas goodwill, very restrained tonight[/p][/quote]I was a little restrained yes, only because we are still in the top two, just think what we could be doing to the rest of the league if we could play at home, or have some sort of answer to the opposite teams who come to the best ground and facilities in the league? I would give Wilder to the end of the season, and if we get automatic protection then he can stay, if not he has to go. BigAlBiker

10:07pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Davos P says...

Need more desire to get into the box and more anticipation to convert chances, definitely things that can be worked on in training. Too many times at home we're allowing the opposition to get on the front foot. Need to get a 1-0 lead at half-time on Sunday and then be positive throughout the game. Still amazed though that supposed fans just can't take the rough with the smooth. Get behind the team when you're most needed guys. We all want the same things after all.
Need more desire to get into the box and more anticipation to convert chances, definitely things that can be worked on in training. Too many times at home we're allowing the opposition to get on the front foot. Need to get a 1-0 lead at half-time on Sunday and then be positive throughout the game. Still amazed though that supposed fans just can't take the rough with the smooth. Get behind the team when you're most needed guys. We all want the same things after all. Davos P

10:15pm Thu 26 Dec 13

London_Ox says...

Not particularly a Wilder fan but the buck stops with the players today. Way too slow to get out the blocks and too many inept, below par performances from the majority of the team. Having generally had a decent month up until now, Kitson was the biggest disappointment with his attitude and performance. We need more leaders and fighters to seal promotion. I trust the club rethinks his passive transfer policy next month and we freshened things up a bit with a few new faces as we will slide into the playoff places at best with a few more of these performances. Bitterly disappointed having attended today and support shown by the fans but players didn't deliver and fell short.
Not particularly a Wilder fan but the buck stops with the players today. Way too slow to get out the blocks and too many inept, below par performances from the majority of the team. Having generally had a decent month up until now, Kitson was the biggest disappointment with his attitude and performance. We need more leaders and fighters to seal promotion. I trust the club rethinks his passive transfer policy next month and we freshened things up a bit with a few new faces as we will slide into the playoff places at best with a few more of these performances. Bitterly disappointed having attended today and support shown by the fans but players didn't deliver and fell short. London_Ox

12:09am Fri 27 Dec 13

Alfie33 says...

Needless hand ball cost us big time!!!! Agree with man of the match.....Hall was outstanding again what a goal!!! Hope we don't loose him COME ON WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!!
Needless hand ball cost us big time!!!! Agree with man of the match.....Hall was outstanding again what a goal!!! Hope we don't loose him COME ON WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!! Alfie33

5:52am Fri 27 Dec 13

adlibber says...

Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern.
Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern. adlibber

7:34am Fri 27 Dec 13

Richard Wickson says...

adlibber wrote:
Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern.
I agree, we are only where we are in this mediocre Division 4 because everybody is beating everybody, if we could get decent performances at home we would be several points clear but we really can't get going at home. I wouldn't say it was a dreadful performance but several players didn't put in a shift and Plymouth made us pay for missing their Christmas Day with the family, they were always the better side and from the off looked more likely to win it. Sadly with the big gate, roughly double the last few games attendances, this Big Match ended up a damp squib and will only underline to the occasional supporters why they don't come more often. The marketing people will feel badly let down by the team and management. Halls goal was quite something but apart from that I left very disappointed. Not a happy occasion at all.
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern.[/p][/quote]I agree, we are only where we are in this mediocre Division 4 because everybody is beating everybody, if we could get decent performances at home we would be several points clear but we really can't get going at home. I wouldn't say it was a dreadful performance but several players didn't put in a shift and Plymouth made us pay for missing their Christmas Day with the family, they were always the better side and from the off looked more likely to win it. Sadly with the big gate, roughly double the last few games attendances, this Big Match ended up a damp squib and will only underline to the occasional supporters why they don't come more often. The marketing people will feel badly let down by the team and management. Halls goal was quite something but apart from that I left very disappointed. Not a happy occasion at all. Richard Wickson

9:43am Fri 27 Dec 13

Joe1 says...

On that peformance we don't deserve to be 2nd. We will need to be at our best to get a result against Scunthorp. Great crowd, shame about the result.
On that peformance we don't deserve to be 2nd. We will need to be at our best to get a result against Scunthorp. Great crowd, shame about the result. Joe1

10:48am Fri 27 Dec 13

bigchet says...

shame that after all the work that the club had put in to promote the big match that the team came up with another dismal home performance. we were really poor in the first half and did not muster a single shot on goal, and we always seem to stuggle against teams from the lower half of the table and we never seem to start on the front foot and take the game to the opposition. ive lost patience with kitson as he nullifies his undoubted football ability by his constant dissent with decisions which inevitably ends with a booking . as smalley is the obvious replacement for sun would suggest davies in for rigg and play 433.
shame that after all the work that the club had put in to promote the big match that the team came up with another dismal home performance. we were really poor in the first half and did not muster a single shot on goal, and we always seem to stuggle against teams from the lower half of the table and we never seem to start on the front foot and take the game to the opposition. ive lost patience with kitson as he nullifies his undoubted football ability by his constant dissent with decisions which inevitably ends with a booking . as smalley is the obvious replacement for sun would suggest davies in for rigg and play 433. bigchet

12:39pm Fri 27 Dec 13

BigAlBiker says...

Why not give Callum O'Dowda a start?

He is at least a quick player who can turn defenders around, why not use Ty Marsh as an impact player in the last 20 mins? I for one reckon there good enough.
Why not give Callum O'Dowda a start? He is at least a quick player who can turn defenders around, why not use Ty Marsh as an impact player in the last 20 mins? I for one reckon there good enough. BigAlBiker

1:55pm Fri 27 Dec 13

adlibber says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
adlibber wrote:
Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern.
I agree, we are only where we are in this mediocre Division 4 because everybody is beating everybody, if we could get decent performances at home we would be several points clear but we really can't get going at home. I wouldn't say it was a dreadful performance but several players didn't put in a shift and Plymouth made us pay for missing their Christmas Day with the family, they were always the better side and from the off looked more likely to win it. Sadly with the big gate, roughly double the last few games attendances, this Big Match ended up a damp squib and will only underline to the occasional supporters why they don't come more often. The marketing people will feel badly let down by the team and management. Halls goal was quite something but apart from that I left very disappointed. Not a happy occasion at all.
agree -so disappointing when such a great crowd turn up many of whom might have returned more often if we'd had a decent win. Two of my friends both season ticket holders have said they'll not buy next season if we're still in league 2. This season is Wilder's last roll of the dice for me.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern.[/p][/quote]I agree, we are only where we are in this mediocre Division 4 because everybody is beating everybody, if we could get decent performances at home we would be several points clear but we really can't get going at home. I wouldn't say it was a dreadful performance but several players didn't put in a shift and Plymouth made us pay for missing their Christmas Day with the family, they were always the better side and from the off looked more likely to win it. Sadly with the big gate, roughly double the last few games attendances, this Big Match ended up a damp squib and will only underline to the occasional supporters why they don't come more often. The marketing people will feel badly let down by the team and management. Halls goal was quite something but apart from that I left very disappointed. Not a happy occasion at all.[/p][/quote]agree -so disappointing when such a great crowd turn up many of whom might have returned more often if we'd had a decent win. Two of my friends both season ticket holders have said they'll not buy next season if we're still in league 2. This season is Wilder's last roll of the dice for me. adlibber

2:02pm Fri 27 Dec 13

oldun says...

adlibber wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
adlibber wrote:
Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern.
I agree, we are only where we are in this mediocre Division 4 because everybody is beating everybody, if we could get decent performances at home we would be several points clear but we really can't get going at home. I wouldn't say it was a dreadful performance but several players didn't put in a shift and Plymouth made us pay for missing their Christmas Day with the family, they were always the better side and from the off looked more likely to win it. Sadly with the big gate, roughly double the last few games attendances, this Big Match ended up a damp squib and will only underline to the occasional supporters why they don't come more often. The marketing people will feel badly let down by the team and management. Halls goal was quite something but apart from that I left very disappointed. Not a happy occasion at all.
agree -so disappointing when such a great crowd turn up many of whom might have returned more often if we'd had a decent win. Two of my friends both season ticket holders have said they'll not buy next season if we're still in league 2. This season is Wilder's last roll of the dice for me.
Hear , hear! Div 4 next season - must mean that CW goes at the end of this season

(even if we come 4th, lose the play off final and as a bonus win at Charlton - he would have to go )

However, I believe that we will end in the top 3 of this mediocre division.

Come, on Chris - take us up at the end of the season
[quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern.[/p][/quote]I agree, we are only where we are in this mediocre Division 4 because everybody is beating everybody, if we could get decent performances at home we would be several points clear but we really can't get going at home. I wouldn't say it was a dreadful performance but several players didn't put in a shift and Plymouth made us pay for missing their Christmas Day with the family, they were always the better side and from the off looked more likely to win it. Sadly with the big gate, roughly double the last few games attendances, this Big Match ended up a damp squib and will only underline to the occasional supporters why they don't come more often. The marketing people will feel badly let down by the team and management. Halls goal was quite something but apart from that I left very disappointed. Not a happy occasion at all.[/p][/quote]agree -so disappointing when such a great crowd turn up many of whom might have returned more often if we'd had a decent win. Two of my friends both season ticket holders have said they'll not buy next season if we're still in league 2. This season is Wilder's last roll of the dice for me.[/p][/quote]Hear , hear! Div 4 next season - must mean that CW goes at the end of this season (even if we come 4th, lose the play off final and as a bonus win at Charlton - he would have to go ) However, I believe that we will end in the top 3 of this mediocre division. Come, on Chris - take us up at the end of the season oldun

5:33pm Fri 27 Dec 13

87oufc says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
adlibber wrote:
Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern.
I agree, we are only where we are in this mediocre Division 4 because everybody is beating everybody, if we could get decent performances at home we would be several points clear but we really can't get going at home. I wouldn't say it was a dreadful performance but several players didn't put in a shift and Plymouth made us pay for missing their Christmas Day with the family, they were always the better side and from the off looked more likely to win it. Sadly with the big gate, roughly double the last few games attendances, this Big Match ended up a damp squib and will only underline to the occasional supporters why they don't come more often. The marketing people will feel badly let down by the team and management. Halls goal was quite something but apart from that I left very disappointed. Not a happy occasion at all.
Agree. This league is crying out for one or two teams to take top. Or rather, like last season, this league is open for any team that put together a good month of results - say 9 or 12 points - and they'd be crowned champions. Again, like last season, this season is a perfect opportunity for us, Oxford, to gain promotion but I don't think we would be good enough as we are for league one. Oxford require drastic changes, both backroom staff and players.
With so little points separating us and other teams it shows how mediocre we are and how, with our dire results, have managed to stay top.
After yesterdays drab result, I can't even be bothered to travel 10 minutes to watch Oxford at Newport.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]adlibber[/bold] wrote: Wilder doesn't deserve a new contract unless he wins promotion - it's that simple. If he manages to engineer yet another final third collapse and we limp down to mid table mediocrity he needs to leave and take what I think is a average coaching squad with him. We have never rally earned the right to be top we just rode our luck when other teams have fallen. If 10k fans can't motivate players in this league those players don't deserve to be playing league football. A win against Scunthorpe is essential anything else will be a real concern.[/p][/quote]I agree, we are only where we are in this mediocre Division 4 because everybody is beating everybody, if we could get decent performances at home we would be several points clear but we really can't get going at home. I wouldn't say it was a dreadful performance but several players didn't put in a shift and Plymouth made us pay for missing their Christmas Day with the family, they were always the better side and from the off looked more likely to win it. Sadly with the big gate, roughly double the last few games attendances, this Big Match ended up a damp squib and will only underline to the occasional supporters why they don't come more often. The marketing people will feel badly let down by the team and management. Halls goal was quite something but apart from that I left very disappointed. Not a happy occasion at all.[/p][/quote]Agree. This league is crying out for one or two teams to take top. Or rather, like last season, this league is open for any team that put together a good month of results - say 9 or 12 points - and they'd be crowned champions. Again, like last season, this season is a perfect opportunity for us, Oxford, to gain promotion but I don't think we would be good enough as we are for league one. Oxford require drastic changes, both backroom staff and players. With so little points separating us and other teams it shows how mediocre we are and how, with our dire results, have managed to stay top. After yesterdays drab result, I can't even be bothered to travel 10 minutes to watch Oxford at Newport. 87oufc

12:15pm Sun 29 Dec 13

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Lol outplayed at home by plymuff a team full of freebies And loanees
Lol outplayed at home by plymuff a team full of freebies And loanees yabbadabbadoo256

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