Plymouth Argyle 0 Oxford Utd 2 (Kitson 33, Constable 63)

Bicester Advertiser: Plymouth Argyle 0 Oxford Utd 2 (Kitson 33, Constable 63) Plymouth Argyle 0 Oxford Utd 2 (Kitson 33, Constable 63)

GOALS from Dave Kitson and James Constable gave Oxford United a long-awaited victory as they outplayed a nervous Plymouth Argyle.

It was a richly deserved result for the visitors, who claimed just their second win in 11 games to reclaim their place in the Sky Bet League Two play-off positions.

United controlled the game virtually from kick-off and Kitson notched the first goal of the Gary Waddock era with a tap-in just after the half hour mark.

Plymouth were poor, but Ryan Clarke was required to make two superb saves to keep out headers from Nathan Thomas and Curtis Nelson either side of half-time to preserve the lead.

They were crucial moments to keep out the hosts, who had Max Blanchard sent off four minutes into the second half after collecting his second booking.

United made the most of the extra space and Constable buried an unstoppable shot to give them a cushion.

Further chances to extend the lead came and went, but it did not prove costly as the visitors claimed a hugely important victory.

Kitson was one of four changes Waddock made to the side which started the 2-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town a week earlier.

He came in with Constable up front, as Callum O'Dowda and Nicky Wroe began in midfield.

Deane Smalley was left out of the squad altogether with a calf problem, while David Connolly, Andy Whing and Scott Davies dropped to the bench.

From the outset, the visitors looked bright in possession and played with a confidence which had not been seen for several weeks.

O'Dowda had been part of the U's side which lost an Oxfordshire Senior Cup tie at Kidlington four days earlier, but the winger had a glorious early chance to score his first senior goal.

Good work from Constable, who led the line very well, saw the striker cross for the youngster, who headed wide from close range.

It was a bad miss, but United shrugged it off to keep playing at a quick tempo.

Plymouth were forced to defend half a dozen corners in the opening 20 minutes and the home fans grew increasingly frustrated at their side's lack of influence in the game.

Kitson was the first to test Jake Cole with a well-struck shot from long range midway through the half.

The goalkeeper made a better save shortly afterwards to turn Wroe's shot round the post.

The breakthrough came just after the half hour mark and O'Dowda had a role, skinning Blanchard, who was booked for bringing the winger down.

Ruffels swung the resulting free-kick to the back post, where Ryan Williams cushioned it across goal for an unmarked Kitson to nonchalantly tap in.

It was fully deserved and United's players continued to find space deep in Plymouth's half.

The home side had hardly threatened, but they should have levelled two minutes before the break.

Lewis Alessandra crossed for Thomas, who should have buried his header, but it gave Clarke a chance to claw out the ball one-handed.

Top scorer Reuben Reid latched on to the rebound, but Michael Raynes reacted superbly to make a goal-saving block.

Plymouth's task grew tougher four minutes after the restart, when Blanchard was dismissed for pulling back Kitson.

United nearly made the numerical advantage count within minutes.

A hurried clearance from Andres Gurrieri fell to Wroe, whose shot hit the underside of the crossbar but bounced clear.

Plymouth hit back straight away and it took a breathtaking save from Clarke to keep out Nelson's flicked header which was heading for the top corner.

It proved to be a big moment in the game, as United responded to extend their lead on 63 minutes.

O'Dowda surged forward into space on the break and slipped in Constable, who unleashed a thunderbolt from 20 yards which left Cole grasping at thin air.

It was the striker's 12th of the season and took him to within one goal of equalling the club's all-time goalscoring record.

Plymouth had no option but to go for broke, stretching the game.

Gurrieri was released through on goal 19 minutes, but he shot wide as Clarke rushed out to narrow the angle.

United had chances to extend their lead as the Pilgrims increasingly took risks to get back into the game.

Wroe found Constable in space, but the striker delayed his shot to allow Durrell Berry time to make a tackle.

Williams was played through, only to scuff a shot tamely wide with only Cole to beat.

Late on Potter, brought off the bench, slid a shot just the wrong side of the post.

There was no late flourish to the scoreline, but it did not matter and with results elsewhere going their way, United returned to the top seven just a week after dropping out.

Oxford Utd: Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Wright, Newey, Williams, Wroe, Ruffles, O'Dowda (Potter 71), Kitson (Whing 81), Constable (Davies 89).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Bevans, Rose, Connolly.

Plymouth: Cole, Blanchard, Trotman, Nelson, Gurrieri, Harvey (Showunmi 59), Wotton (Blizzard 59), Hourihane, Thomas (Berry 70), Reid, Alessandra.

Unused subs: Dawson, Boco, Morgan, Banton.

Referee: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).

Attendance: 8,161 (451 visitors).

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5:15pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Oxokuba says...

I tip my hat -never saw this one coming but what a time to prove me wrong. Maybe the players have realised what was slipping from their grasp! Big thanks to Jack Midson and Accrington Stanley. Must win game at home to York and if Rochdale can beat Southend on the same day who knows we might just have turned the corner. Kudos to Ox fans who travelled your faith has been rewarded. 15 attempts on goal too!! I need a lie down.
I tip my hat -never saw this one coming but what a time to prove me wrong. Maybe the players have realised what was slipping from their grasp! Big thanks to Jack Midson and Accrington Stanley. Must win game at home to York and if Rochdale can beat Southend on the same day who knows we might just have turned the corner. Kudos to Ox fans who travelled your faith has been rewarded. 15 attempts on goal too!! I need a lie down. Oxokuba
  • Score: 31

5:34pm Sat 12 Apr 14

35 year fan says...

Well done lads. great results elsewhere but what really matters is the boys manned up and delivered in a very big game.

we might need it wrapped up before the last game as wilder's crew are really rolling :)

last ten games:
7 with smalley starting, no wins, one draw, six defeats
3 with smalley not starting, two wins, one draw, no defeats
Well done lads. great results elsewhere but what really matters is the boys manned up and delivered in a very big game. we might need it wrapped up before the last game as wilder's crew are really rolling :) last ten games: 7 with smalley starting, no wins, one draw, six defeats 3 with smalley not starting, two wins, one draw, no defeats 35 year fan
  • Score: 16

5:56pm Sat 12 Apr 14

dorsetyellows says...

Credit where it's due , big big win , will be up for the York match , let's get the kassam rocking , COYY .
Credit where it's due , big big win , will be up for the York match , let's get the kassam rocking , COYY . dorsetyellows
  • Score: 25

5:58pm Sat 12 Apr 14

South Upper 87 says...

Great performance from the Yellows. O"Dowda looked a bit out of his class and will never know how he missed from four feet. But an excellent game, defence were in charge for the whole of the game, but if this is the way we are going to play...well roll on. A Plymouth fan said to me on the way out, we can never play when a side comes down here and plays football....said it all really. Faith restored after this afternoon.
Great performance from the Yellows. O"Dowda looked a bit out of his class and will never know how he missed from four feet. But an excellent game, defence were in charge for the whole of the game, but if this is the way we are going to play...well roll on. A Plymouth fan said to me on the way out, we can never play when a side comes down here and plays football....said it all really. Faith restored after this afternoon. South Upper 87
  • Score: 19

6:00pm Sat 12 Apr 14

87oufc says...

Apart from the score the best thing was Kitson and Whingy. Was Williams himself? Sounded like he missed a few. Clarky was his usual Gordon Banks of the Football League.
Super pleased for all of the team!
Apart from the score the best thing was Kitson and Whingy. Was Williams himself? Sounded like he missed a few. Clarky was his usual Gordon Banks of the Football League. Super pleased for all of the team! 87oufc
  • Score: 17

6:55pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BenkiuGuasu says...

HUGE result. Another HUGE game next Saturday.

No Dickie Wickson, nor Bil Mullet Al when we win.... Hmmmmm....

COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!!!!!!!
HUGE result. Another HUGE game next Saturday. No Dickie Wickson, nor Bil Mullet Al when we win.... Hmmmmm.... COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!!!!!!! BenkiuGuasu
  • Score: 13

7:02pm Sat 12 Apr 14

South Upper 87 says...

A very good team performance Gary Waddock looks to have a very different game to Wilder. Kitson was outstanding, Constable played very well but you could see the quality gap between the two strikers as he failed to anticipated a few deft passes from "red head".

As South Upper said, Callum did look a bit lost, but at least he was given experience. Newey and Hunt looked very solid and pushed forward, I thought Williams tried a bit too hard and the crowd were getting at him quite a lot when he went down rather easily. But a great team performance, this will give the players a lift. Have to say that Clarke"s right hand was ""the hand of God". Thank goodness he has signed a new contract. Roll on Good Friday
A very good team performance Gary Waddock looks to have a very different game to Wilder. Kitson was outstanding, Constable played very well but you could see the quality gap between the two strikers as he failed to anticipated a few deft passes from "red head". As South Upper said, Callum did look a bit lost, but at least he was given experience. Newey and Hunt looked very solid and pushed forward, I thought Williams tried a bit too hard and the crowd were getting at him quite a lot when he went down rather easily. But a great team performance, this will give the players a lift. Have to say that Clarke"s right hand was ""the hand of God". Thank goodness he has signed a new contract. Roll on Good Friday South Upper 87
  • Score: 12

7:15pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Patrick, Devon says...

I am looking forward to the match report on the local news channels here. For a while we used to get Chris Hargreaves saying his bit on BBC SW. but then he got the job as manager of Torquay.
I am looking forward to the match report on the local news channels here. For a while we used to get Chris Hargreaves saying his bit on BBC SW. but then he got the job as manager of Torquay. Patrick, Devon
  • Score: 8

8:14pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BicesterBod says...

Brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the BBC Oxford commentary today. I have faith in Mr Waddock to push the team to do their very best, he knows what he is doing and I look forward to his next few seasons in charge. Welcome to Oxford Gary!

If Kitson hangs up his boots at the end of the season, how about a position for him as one of Waddock's assistants? We would be a very lucky club to have him on board.
Brilliant! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the BBC Oxford commentary today. I have faith in Mr Waddock to push the team to do their very best, he knows what he is doing and I look forward to his next few seasons in charge. Welcome to Oxford Gary! If Kitson hangs up his boots at the end of the season, how about a position for him as one of Waddock's assistants? We would be a very lucky club to have him on board. BicesterBod
  • Score: 14

8:22pm Sat 12 Apr 14

DuberryandBeanofan says...

Didn't see this result coming after going to Dagenham away and Fleetwood at home. Credit due to Gary Waddock. This win is mentally huge, lets hope that Waddock continues with this team on Good Friday. Glad to see O Dowda and Constable restored to the starting eleven. I am very pleased with this result. In Gary We Trust. Come on you yellows.
Didn't see this result coming after going to Dagenham away and Fleetwood at home. Credit due to Gary Waddock. This win is mentally huge, lets hope that Waddock continues with this team on Good Friday. Glad to see O Dowda and Constable restored to the starting eleven. I am very pleased with this result. In Gary We Trust. Come on you yellows. DuberryandBeanofan
  • Score: 16

8:50pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Brilliant result, let's hope it's the first of a winning run in to the end of the season.
Perhaps the GW affect is beginning to influence the team, positively!! Bring on good Friday...
Brilliant result, let's hope it's the first of a winning run in to the end of the season. Perhaps the GW affect is beginning to influence the team, positively!! Bring on good Friday... Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 7

9:09pm Sat 12 Apr 14

BigAlBiker says...

Ladies and gentlemen that's what you call a result.

Didn't go but the commentary led us to believe we were excellent, let's keep this up and just see what we can do, we simply have to beat York this Friday and then start praying we have found our confidence, seems leaving Smalley out all together might have made the difference, Beano's goal is awesome.

Onwards and upwards.
Ladies and gentlemen that's what you call a result. Didn't go but the commentary led us to believe we were excellent, let's keep this up and just see what we can do, we simply have to beat York this Friday and then start praying we have found our confidence, seems leaving Smalley out all together might have made the difference, Beano's goal is awesome. Onwards and upwards. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 0

10:33pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
HUGE result. Another HUGE game next Saturday.

No Dickie Wickson, nor Bil Mullet Al when we win.... Hmmmmm....

COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!!!!!!!
Sorry to disapoint, but here iam. It's a long journey from Cheshire to Plymouth and back again and must admit I am knackered, too knackered to argue, but it was an excellent win although If I am to be critical several chances went begging and Plymouth missed a couple of chances at critical times that could have altered things had they gone in. Make no bones about it though, Plymouth were very poor despite their position in Division 4 and York will pose a far bigger threat. However a better performance than most recent games and a deserved win.
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: HUGE result. Another HUGE game next Saturday. No Dickie Wickson, nor Bil Mullet Al when we win.... Hmmmmm.... COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Sorry to disapoint, but here iam. It's a long journey from Cheshire to Plymouth and back again and must admit I am knackered, too knackered to argue, but it was an excellent win although If I am to be critical several chances went begging and Plymouth missed a couple of chances at critical times that could have altered things had they gone in. Make no bones about it though, Plymouth were very poor despite their position in Division 4 and York will pose a far bigger threat. However a better performance than most recent games and a deserved win. Richard Wickson
  • Score: -7

6:28am Sun 13 Apr 14

dovepe says...

Smalley man of the match! :-)
Smalley man of the match! :-) dovepe
  • Score: -7

10:29am Sun 13 Apr 14

dave from witney says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
BenkiuGuasu wrote:
HUGE result. Another HUGE game next Saturday.

No Dickie Wickson, nor Bil Mullet Al when we win.... Hmmmmm....

COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!!!!!!!
Sorry to disapoint, but here iam. It's a long journey from Cheshire to Plymouth and back again and must admit I am knackered, too knackered to argue, but it was an excellent win although If I am to be critical several chances went begging and Plymouth missed a couple of chances at critical times that could have altered things had they gone in. Make no bones about it though, Plymouth were very poor despite their position in Division 4 and York will pose a far bigger threat. However a better performance than most recent games and a deserved win.
Goal chances will always go missing, you need to be Premier League to take most opportunities. The truth was for once we totally dominated the game, Plymouth were up for it but were contained throughout the game. It was a very comfortable victory, but one that we set out from the start. The fact that we were superior in every department was due to us rather than the home team being poor, the back four looked very solid. The sending off may have been a help, but in truth I could not see us losing the game once Kitson scored. Thought that we seemed to have a bit more width yesterday.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: HUGE result. Another HUGE game next Saturday. No Dickie Wickson, nor Bil Mullet Al when we win.... Hmmmmm.... COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Sorry to disapoint, but here iam. It's a long journey from Cheshire to Plymouth and back again and must admit I am knackered, too knackered to argue, but it was an excellent win although If I am to be critical several chances went begging and Plymouth missed a couple of chances at critical times that could have altered things had they gone in. Make no bones about it though, Plymouth were very poor despite their position in Division 4 and York will pose a far bigger threat. However a better performance than most recent games and a deserved win.[/p][/quote]Goal chances will always go missing, you need to be Premier League to take most opportunities. The truth was for once we totally dominated the game, Plymouth were up for it but were contained throughout the game. It was a very comfortable victory, but one that we set out from the start. The fact that we were superior in every department was due to us rather than the home team being poor, the back four looked very solid. The sending off may have been a help, but in truth I could not see us losing the game once Kitson scored. Thought that we seemed to have a bit more width yesterday. dave from witney
  • Score: 12

2:39pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Manor Born says...

This result could just be the catalyst. Well done Waddock on changing things and putting out a side that just looked to be positive as soon as you heard it. If we can take this into the York game & get 3 points there, a point at Scunny, I think we'll be play-off bound.

Now everyone get down to the stadium on Friday, get behind the team and raise the roof. It's in our hands again.
This result could just be the catalyst. Well done Waddock on changing things and putting out a side that just looked to be positive as soon as you heard it. If we can take this into the York game & get 3 points there, a point at Scunny, I think we'll be play-off bound. Now everyone get down to the stadium on Friday, get behind the team and raise the roof. It's in our hands again. Manor Born
  • Score: 13

7:10pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Richard Wickson says...

dave from witney wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
BenkiuGuasu wrote:
HUGE result. Another HUGE game next Saturday.

No Dickie Wickson, nor Bil Mullet Al when we win.... Hmmmmm....

COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!!!!!!!
Sorry to disapoint, but here iam. It's a long journey from Cheshire to Plymouth and back again and must admit I am knackered, too knackered to argue, but it was an excellent win although If I am to be critical several chances went begging and Plymouth missed a couple of chances at critical times that could have altered things had they gone in. Make no bones about it though, Plymouth were very poor despite their position in Division 4 and York will pose a far bigger threat. However a better performance than most recent games and a deserved win.
Goal chances will always go missing, you need to be Premier League to take most opportunities. The truth was for once we totally dominated the game, Plymouth were up for it but were contained throughout the game. It was a very comfortable victory, but one that we set out from the start. The fact that we were superior in every department was due to us rather than the home team being poor, the back four looked very solid. The sending off may have been a help, but in truth I could not see us losing the game once Kitson scored. Thought that we seemed to have a bit more width yesterday.
I do agree that to score from most chances you need to be Premier League but I didn't say we had to take, or should have taken all of our chances. I have supported OU for so long that I no we never take many chances. Yes I agree with you that overall we took control but as I said had Plymouth taken the couple of opportunities they had that Clarke clawed out things might have been different. Like all OU fans who were there I am glad they didn't. Maybe we might just make the play offs now but it will be tight and we may need 4 more wins.
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: HUGE result. Another HUGE game next Saturday. No Dickie Wickson, nor Bil Mullet Al when we win.... Hmmmmm.... COME ON YOU YELLOWS!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Sorry to disapoint, but here iam. It's a long journey from Cheshire to Plymouth and back again and must admit I am knackered, too knackered to argue, but it was an excellent win although If I am to be critical several chances went begging and Plymouth missed a couple of chances at critical times that could have altered things had they gone in. Make no bones about it though, Plymouth were very poor despite their position in Division 4 and York will pose a far bigger threat. However a better performance than most recent games and a deserved win.[/p][/quote]Goal chances will always go missing, you need to be Premier League to take most opportunities. The truth was for once we totally dominated the game, Plymouth were up for it but were contained throughout the game. It was a very comfortable victory, but one that we set out from the start. The fact that we were superior in every department was due to us rather than the home team being poor, the back four looked very solid. The sending off may have been a help, but in truth I could not see us losing the game once Kitson scored. Thought that we seemed to have a bit more width yesterday.[/p][/quote]I do agree that to score from most chances you need to be Premier League but I didn't say we had to take, or should have taken all of our chances. I have supported OU for so long that I no we never take many chances. Yes I agree with you that overall we took control but as I said had Plymouth taken the couple of opportunities they had that Clarke clawed out things might have been different. Like all OU fans who were there I am glad they didn't. Maybe we might just make the play offs now but it will be tight and we may need 4 more wins. Richard Wickson
  • Score: -6

9:06pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Doctor69 says...

Huge win, even better with York dropping points late on. Let's hope for another good performance on Friday!
Huge win, even better with York dropping points late on. Let's hope for another good performance on Friday! Doctor69
  • Score: 3

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