Connolly so close to being denied Oxford debut

David Connolly waves to his family at the final whistle after scoring the crucial goal on his debut in Oxford’s 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon

David Connolly waves to his family at the final whistle after scoring the crucial goal on his debut in Oxford’s 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon

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David Connolly made a dream debut for Oxford United by scoring the winner on Saturday, but the striker admitted it almost didn’t happen after being crunched by Tom Newey in his first training session.

The front man came off the bench to inspire a 2-1 victory against AFC Wimbledon, taking his first chance in a yellow shirt by lobbing goalkeeper Ross Worner.

It completed a remarkable turnaround for Connolly, who was limping just 24 hours earlier.

Newey, who scored United’s other goal against Wimbledon, inflicted the damage accidentally in a session just after the ex-Republic of Ireland international had signed on loan from Portsmouth.

He said: “It blew up twice the size and I spent all day icing it.

“It’s black and blue, I got home and couldn’t walk.

“Tom Newey did it. He smashed my leg, it blew up and I thought it was going to explode.

“I got it down in time to manage 45 minutes.”

The goal carried on a happy knack for Connolly, who had also scored on debut for six of his previous ten clubs.

But he was quick to share the credit for the strike to Josh Ruffels, who provided the defence-splitting pass.

He said: “You need that person to supply you to get the goals.

“It was a great through ball from Josh, great weight of pass and you can’t score goals if you don’t have that quality.

“I went in behind and you could just see it as the keeper came out, which made my mind up about what to do.”

The game saw Connollly, 36, play up front with fellow substitute Dave Kitson, 34.

United’s newest player thinks the squad has a good variety of options in attacking areas and is looking forward to contributing for the rest of the season.

“There’s nothing wrong with a bit of know-how,” he said.

“You need many things to do well in football and you need a real mix.

“If I’m called upon I’ll do my best.”

  • Reaction from David Connolly, caretaker boss Mickey Lewis and Tom Newey

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10:38am Mon 3 Feb 14

train passenger says...

Connolly comes across as a little naive here. Having played at Feyenoord he should know that new players are always welcomed to training by being subjected to a hard and painful tackle.....
Connolly comes across as a little naive here. Having played at Feyenoord he should know that new players are always welcomed to training by being subjected to a hard and painful tackle..... train passenger
  • Score: -12

2:07pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Taff Ewe says...

and I go back to some of the 'managers' that were on here commenting that he was not what we needed and he is over the hill, blah, blah. Probably the same negatives who wanted Wilder out and the same negatives who will want the next manager out when we lose a few games and he uses the same excuses more than once!

Pattern developing here is there not? As I said Connolly could well be the solution and just what we need to see us through. I am not saying for sure, but I love the way that the guy was written off by many before he had even pulled on the shirt.

Short memoried numpties that are a certain collection of OUFC fans. Remember Johnny Byrne for us? Or Sheringham in the premier or Tommy Tynan at Plymouth or Jamie Cureton now?
and I go back to some of the 'managers' that were on here commenting that he was not what we needed and he is over the hill, blah, blah. Probably the same negatives who wanted Wilder out and the same negatives who will want the next manager out when we lose a few games and he uses the same excuses more than once! Pattern developing here is there not? As I said Connolly could well be the solution and just what we need to see us through. I am not saying for sure, but I love the way that the guy was written off by many before he had even pulled on the shirt. Short memoried numpties that are a certain collection of OUFC fans. Remember Johnny Byrne for us? Or Sheringham in the premier or Tommy Tynan at Plymouth or Jamie Cureton now? Taff Ewe
  • Score: 6

7:33pm Mon 3 Feb 14

hairydean says...

taff ewe congratulations on a well presented and well thought out comment spoken well and common sense quality strikers lose some pace but never an eye for goal, quality finish from and old school striker, Kevin Philips still scoring, Jamie Cureton , even James Beatie, was banging them in in this league, Connely was Portsmouths top scorer 5 in 20 games in a poor side how many he can score for us over the rest off the season. i predict maybe another 5 atleast he will get beano motoring and dave kitson im sure them 3 will get us the title atleast automatic promotion we still got alfie to come back also very soon . onwards and upwards. if we get promoted im sure we will need a few more quality players to move forward . up the yellows
taff ewe congratulations on a well presented and well thought out comment spoken well and common sense quality strikers lose some pace but never an eye for goal, quality finish from and old school striker, Kevin Philips still scoring, Jamie Cureton , even James Beatie, was banging them in in this league, Connely was Portsmouths top scorer 5 in 20 games in a poor side how many he can score for us over the rest off the season. i predict maybe another 5 atleast he will get beano motoring and dave kitson im sure them 3 will get us the title atleast automatic promotion we still got alfie to come back also very soon . onwards and upwards. if we get promoted im sure we will need a few more quality players to move forward . up the yellows hairydean
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