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West Brom 1 (Mullins og 29) Oxford Utd 1 (Hylton 86) (West Brom win 7-6 on pens)

West Brom 1 (Mullins og 29) Oxford Utd 1 (Hylton 86) (West Brom win 7-6 on pens)

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OXFORD United put in a magnificent effort as they took West Bromwich Albion all the way to a penalty shoot-out at the Hawthorns.

The Premier League side edged through 7-6 on spot kicks, as skipper Jake Wright saw his effort saved, allowing Jason Davidson to seal the narrowest of victories.

West Brom appeared to be heading for a routine victory as they showed their class early on.

The pressure told when Johnny Mullins scored an own goal on 29 minutes, but United dug in to stay in the tie.

They grew in confidence as the game wore on and levelled four minutes from time when Danny Hylton scored from Will Hoskins's knock-down.

Junior Brown had two good chances to put United in front during extra time, before he was sent off for picking up a second booking.

The visitors held on for penalties, but despite Max Crocombe saving from James Morrison and Brown Ideye, the Baggies came out on top.

United boss Michael Appleton kept faith with the side which started Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Portsmouth.

His only change was enforced, as Crocombe replaced the ineligible George Long in goal, while new signing Hoskins was named among the substitutes.

The home side made seven changes from their goalless draw at Southampton, but it was far from a weakened side.

Of the XI, eight were senior internationals and another two had caps for England's under 21 side.

They came racing out of the blocks and United needed a vital block from Wright to deny Ideye in the six-yard box after just 15 seconds.

It began a breathless first five minutes, as the visitors struggled to stay on level terms.

Crocombe had to be alert to save Chris Brunt's chested effort from Stephane Sessegnon's cross.

Sessegnon also blasted wide from range with one chance and in the next attack he sliced through to set up Saido Berahino, who was halted by an important challenge from Joe Riley.

It took almost a quarter of an hour for United to launch a raid forward, when a speculative shot from Josh Ruffels was deflected wide.

But midway through the half West Brom went up a gear.

Sessegnon, pulling the strings just behind Ideye, had a sweet shot saved by Crocombe, who a minute later also had to parry from Andre Wisdom.

From the next attack, Wisdom fizzed a low cross into a packed six-yard box, striking the luckless Mullins on the shin and ricocheting past Crocombe into the net.

A lead was justified on the balance of play, but it was a desperately unfortunate way for United to concede.

The visitors, bottom of the Football League, worked hard to limit the chances and managed to reach half-time just one goal adrift.

West Brom looked to kill the tie early in the second half and only a superb tackle from Tom Newey prevented Berahino from a clear run at goal eight minutes after the restart.

But as the game wore on, United began to look a threat and on 66 minutes came a big chance.

Morris collected a long pass and played a sharp one-two with Brown to get in the box, but he dragged the left-footed shot wide.

Unbowed, United continued to pass their way back into the game.

Alex Jakubiak replaced Danny Rose in an attacking change and within seconds the substitute had an opening in the box, only to be let down by a poor first touch.

West Brom's growing concern was shown a few minutes later, when Sessegnon came off for the more defensive-minded Youssouf Mulumbu.

Appleton's final roll of the dice was to give Hoskins his debut and within five minutes he made an impact.

Brown got forward and swung the ball to the back post, where Hoskins headed back across goal for Hylton to bundle in from a yard in front of an ecstatic away end.

Berahino had a chance to win it in stoppage time, but Crocombe stood up well to block and send the game into extra time.

When play restarted, Brown had two fantastic chances to put the underdogs in front.

First, Myhill spilled Jakubiak's cross into the winger's path, but he had two shots blocked.

A minute later, Hylton found him in space, but Brown shot straight at Myhill.

The winger was involved again six minutes into the second period, when he collected a second booking for a late tackle on Craig Dawson.

It looked a little harsh on Brown, who appeared to lose his footing and fall into the defender, rather than going in with malice.

United were left to play for penalties and they had a heart-stopping moment a minute from time when Dawson headed in, only for it to be ruled out for a push.

It went to a marathon shoot-out, where Myhill's save from Wright gave Davidson the chance to win it, which the Australia international buried to send the Baggies through.

West Brom (4-2-3-1): Myhill, Wisdom, Dawson, McAuley, Davidson, Yacob, Baird (Gamboa 105), Berahino, Sessegnon (Mulumbu 79), Brunt (Morrison 64), Ideye.

Unused subs: Foster, Olsson, O’Neil, Roofe.

Booked: Oxford Utd (4-2-3-1): Crocombe, Riley, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Collins, Ruffels, Rose, Hylton, Brown, Morris.

Subs used: Hunt (Riley ht), Jakubiak (Rose 70), Hoskins (Morris 81).

Unused subs: Stevens, Meades, Raynes, Potter.

Booked: Brown, Wright, Crocombe.

Sent off: Brown.

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

Attendance: 10,939 (approx 2,000 visitors).

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11:07pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Benkiu says...

Chin up Jake Wright and the boys. Roll on Saturday!!!!!
Chin up Jake Wright and the boys. Roll on Saturday!!!!! Benkiu
  • Score: 24

11:07pm Tue 26 Aug 14

oldun says...

Very well done, United. Now for some League points .
Very well done, United. Now for some League points . oldun
  • Score: 19

11:26pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Truesupporter says...

Hoskins seemed to bring confidence to the team. Saturday could be a thriller! We need a big crowd and a lot of noise.
Hoskins seemed to bring confidence to the team. Saturday could be a thriller! We need a big crowd and a lot of noise. Truesupporter
  • Score: 26

1:07am Wed 27 Aug 14

Eraser says...

Just got back. Superb effort and some nice football yet again. Not long til someone gets a thumping. Hoskins looked the business when he came on - made life very hard for the so called premier league defenders....
Just got back. Superb effort and some nice football yet again. Not long til someone gets a thumping. Hoskins looked the business when he came on - made life very hard for the so called premier league defenders.... Eraser
  • Score: 17

2:31am Wed 27 Aug 14

S Hillier says...

A brilliant effort from the lads tonight ,well done.

Ps. The oxford fans were brilliant as well,
A brilliant effort from the lads tonight ,well done. Ps. The oxford fans were brilliant as well, S Hillier
  • Score: 18

4:13am Wed 27 Aug 14

tws says...

My first game of the season & as the game went on we grew with time & put in a super performance overall!!
I realise points are what matter but we'll have no problems this season, as long as the present regime continue to play excellent football like this, teams just won't live with it.
A different game plan may be required for winter & heavy pitches but if this is what boss Appleton & his team dish up regularly, well, I have absolutely no concerns!!! And I'm sure the Gaffer has a plan "B", I like plan "A"!
Great!!! (Fans too, quite right!!!).
My first game of the season & as the game went on we grew with time & put in a super performance overall!! I realise points are what matter but we'll have no problems this season, as long as the present regime continue to play excellent football like this, teams just won't live with it. A different game plan may be required for winter & heavy pitches but if this is what boss Appleton & his team dish up regularly, well, I have absolutely no concerns!!! And I'm sure the Gaffer has a plan "B", I like plan "A"! Great!!! (Fans too, quite right!!!). tws
  • Score: 19

7:21am Wed 27 Aug 14

Tarkus says...

Great team performance, great fans too.
We have a team that, to quote a WBA tweet, taught a premiership side how to play football!
Junior brown head up, you didn't deserve the first yellow.
Crocombe must keep his place!
Hoskins looks class & Hylton playing out of his skin.
In Appleton we must believe & back, good football & pride in the shirt
Great team performance, great fans too. We have a team that, to quote a WBA tweet, taught a premiership side how to play football! Junior brown head up, you didn't deserve the first yellow. Crocombe must keep his place! Hoskins looks class & Hylton playing out of his skin. In Appleton we must believe & back, good football & pride in the shirt Tarkus
  • Score: 20

7:39am Wed 27 Aug 14

botleyboy says...

A really great night from the Us! Looked like it could be a mauling early on but everyone stuck to it and as the game went on - the belief and the football came. There's been a lot of rubbish talked here and on the radio after the games about 'same old, same old'. They can't be watching the same games. This is really exciting - Collins in superb, Hylton is really strong, Brown has great touches. No one wants to lose, but I want to see entertaining football. And last night we really stuck it to Premier League opposition. And our fans bossed the whole night too. Come on you Yellows.
A really great night from the Us! Looked like it could be a mauling early on but everyone stuck to it and as the game went on - the belief and the football came. There's been a lot of rubbish talked here and on the radio after the games about 'same old, same old'. They can't be watching the same games. This is really exciting - Collins in superb, Hylton is really strong, Brown has great touches. No one wants to lose, but I want to see entertaining football. And last night we really stuck it to Premier League opposition. And our fans bossed the whole night too. Come on you Yellows. botleyboy
  • Score: 17

8:07am Wed 27 Aug 14

addisonox says...

Brilliant, the city was done proud. This speaks volumes on the changes MA has made. The results will come.
Brilliant, the city was done proud. This speaks volumes on the changes MA has made. The results will come. addisonox
  • Score: 18

8:14am Wed 27 Aug 14

Brenda Jackson says...

tws wrote:
My first game of the season & as the game went on we grew with time & put in a super performance overall!!
I realise points are what matter but we'll have no problems this season, as long as the present regime continue to play excellent football like this, teams just won't live with it.
A different game plan may be required for winter & heavy pitches but if this is what boss Appleton & his team dish up regularly, well, I have absolutely no concerns!!! And I'm sure the Gaffer has a plan "B", I like plan "A"!
Great!!! (Fans too, quite right!!!).
So, will Saturday be your second game of the season? The Club NEEDS & DESERVES Support, through the turnstiles!!
COYY!
[quote][p][bold]tws[/bold] wrote: My first game of the season & as the game went on we grew with time & put in a super performance overall!! I realise points are what matter but we'll have no problems this season, as long as the present regime continue to play excellent football like this, teams just won't live with it. A different game plan may be required for winter & heavy pitches but if this is what boss Appleton & his team dish up regularly, well, I have absolutely no concerns!!! And I'm sure the Gaffer has a plan "B", I like plan "A"! Great!!! (Fans too, quite right!!!).[/p][/quote]So, will Saturday be your second game of the season? The Club NEEDS & DESERVES Support, through the turnstiles!! COYY! Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 10

8:24am Wed 27 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

Wouldn't it be great if the board realised the true potential of our club and grasped the idea that even a smallish investment in a bigger squad would increase the gates and take the club forwards? Remarkable performance superb support. I hope we're on the cusp of something good here. Have to beat D&R at weekend 5-0 is fine I'm not greedy..
Wouldn't it be great if the board realised the true potential of our club and grasped the idea that even a smallish investment in a bigger squad would increase the gates and take the club forwards? Remarkable performance superb support. I hope we're on the cusp of something good here. Have to beat D&R at weekend 5-0 is fine I'm not greedy.. Oxokuba
  • Score: 12

9:01am Wed 27 Aug 14

Joe1 says...

Made me feel proud of being an O.U. fan. Long time since I could say that.
Really well done team & support.
May it continue with our League matches.
Made me feel proud of being an O.U. fan. Long time since I could say that. Really well done team & support. May it continue with our League matches. Joe1
  • Score: 8

9:25am Wed 27 Aug 14

Brian Gibbs says...

We were excellent last night and I do not remember a performance like that under Chris Wilder, In fact my abiding memory of his time in charge, apart from the Play Off, is the 0-3 Cup humiliation at Sheffield United in 2011.

I posted on here after the Mansfield game that we were shocking, but last night I was proud for the first time in years.

We were the better side for the whole of the second half and extra time with great performances from Mullins, Collins and Morris but Hylton was immense and by some distance man of the match. The added bonus was that Hoskins looks class with a great first touch and I look forward to him getting match fit.
We were excellent last night and I do not remember a performance like that under Chris Wilder, In fact my abiding memory of his time in charge, apart from the Play Off, is the 0-3 Cup humiliation at Sheffield United in 2011. I posted on here after the Mansfield game that we were shocking, but last night I was proud for the first time in years. We were the better side for the whole of the second half and extra time with great performances from Mullins, Collins and Morris but Hylton was immense and by some distance man of the match. The added bonus was that Hoskins looks class with a great first touch and I look forward to him getting match fit. Brian Gibbs
  • Score: 16

10:47am Wed 27 Aug 14

Tealery says...

Brian Gibbs wrote:
We were excellent last night and I do not remember a performance like that under Chris Wilder, In fact my abiding memory of his time in charge, apart from the Play Off, is the 0-3 Cup humiliation at Sheffield United in 2011.

I posted on here after the Mansfield game that we were shocking, but last night I was proud for the first time in years.

We were the better side for the whole of the second half and extra time with great performances from Mullins, Collins and Morris but Hylton was immense and by some distance man of the match. The added bonus was that Hoskins looks class with a great first touch and I look forward to him getting match fit.
We have lost all three league matches, but we were not 'shocking; at Mansfield' or Morecambe, at Bristol or the Hawthorns. We obviously need to finish, but the class of the game is better than I have seen in years at all these matches. COYY
[quote][p][bold]Brian Gibbs[/bold] wrote: We were excellent last night and I do not remember a performance like that under Chris Wilder, In fact my abiding memory of his time in charge, apart from the Play Off, is the 0-3 Cup humiliation at Sheffield United in 2011. I posted on here after the Mansfield game that we were shocking, but last night I was proud for the first time in years. We were the better side for the whole of the second half and extra time with great performances from Mullins, Collins and Morris but Hylton was immense and by some distance man of the match. The added bonus was that Hoskins looks class with a great first touch and I look forward to him getting match fit.[/p][/quote]We have lost all three league matches, but we were not 'shocking; at Mansfield' or Morecambe, at Bristol or the Hawthorns. We obviously need to finish, but the class of the game is better than I have seen in years at all these matches. COYY Tealery
  • Score: 7

10:48am Wed 27 Aug 14

oldun says...

"Same old, same old" - is not what I have heard from most of our fans - the style (good) is so different from that of Chris and of Atkins - we are worried that it is not getting us anywhere as many points. I am glad that Chris W has gone - I hated his 'style' of footer . I thought that IA was taking us up - last year CW's team would have lost in the play offs - surely! Points are desperately needed - can I really be in the minority in being so disappointed that we have not even been in the third tier since 2000-2001.
"Same old, same old" - is not what I have heard from most of our fans - the style (good) is so different from that of Chris and of Atkins - we are worried that it is not getting us anywhere as many points. I am glad that Chris W has gone - I hated his 'style' of footer . I thought that IA was taking us up - last year CW's team would have lost in the play offs - surely! Points are desperately needed - can I really be in the minority in being so disappointed that we have not even been in the third tier since 2000-2001. oldun
  • Score: 4

10:49am Wed 27 Aug 14

oldun says...

Tealery wrote:
Brian Gibbs wrote:
We were excellent last night and I do not remember a performance like that under Chris Wilder, In fact my abiding memory of his time in charge, apart from the Play Off, is the 0-3 Cup humiliation at Sheffield United in 2011.

I posted on here after the Mansfield game that we were shocking, but last night I was proud for the first time in years.

We were the better side for the whole of the second half and extra time with great performances from Mullins, Collins and Morris but Hylton was immense and by some distance man of the match. The added bonus was that Hoskins looks class with a great first touch and I look forward to him getting match fit.
We have lost all three league matches, but we were not 'shocking; at Mansfield' or Morecambe, at Bristol or the Hawthorns. We obviously need to finish, but the class of the game is better than I have seen in years at all these matches. COYY
Three? Was I in a nightmare? Yes
[quote][p][bold]Tealery[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brian Gibbs[/bold] wrote: We were excellent last night and I do not remember a performance like that under Chris Wilder, In fact my abiding memory of his time in charge, apart from the Play Off, is the 0-3 Cup humiliation at Sheffield United in 2011. I posted on here after the Mansfield game that we were shocking, but last night I was proud for the first time in years. We were the better side for the whole of the second half and extra time with great performances from Mullins, Collins and Morris but Hylton was immense and by some distance man of the match. The added bonus was that Hoskins looks class with a great first touch and I look forward to him getting match fit.[/p][/quote]We have lost all three league matches, but we were not 'shocking; at Mansfield' or Morecambe, at Bristol or the Hawthorns. We obviously need to finish, but the class of the game is better than I have seen in years at all these matches. COYY[/p][/quote]Three? Was I in a nightmare? Yes oldun
  • Score: 3

4:18pm Wed 27 Aug 14

tws says...

Unfortunately, (for 22 blokes anyway), I ply my trade as a referee, (supposedly), at weekends so alas, am only a "part timer"!!!
Always go when I can or not out with the whistle & actually officiate the OUFC youth academy quite a lot, so I hope that's sort of helps makes up for my lack of Saturday visits!!!
Course I could always retire & support United & I'm sure there are a few who wish I would, who likes a ref???
Unfortunately, (for 22 blokes anyway), I ply my trade as a referee, (supposedly), at weekends so alas, am only a "part timer"!!! Always go when I can or not out with the whistle & actually officiate the OUFC youth academy quite a lot, so I hope that's sort of helps makes up for my lack of Saturday visits!!! Course I could always retire & support United & I'm sure there are a few who wish I would, who likes a ref??? tws
  • Score: 2

7:15pm Wed 27 Aug 14

disco80 says...

oldun wrote:
Tealery wrote:
Brian Gibbs wrote:
We were excellent last night and I do not remember a performance like that under Chris Wilder, In fact my abiding memory of his time in charge, apart from the Play Off, is the 0-3 Cup humiliation at Sheffield United in 2011.

I posted on here after the Mansfield game that we were shocking, but last night I was proud for the first time in years.

We were the better side for the whole of the second half and extra time with great performances from Mullins, Collins and Morris but Hylton was immense and by some distance man of the match. The added bonus was that Hoskins looks class with a great first touch and I look forward to him getting match fit.
We have lost all three league matches, but we were not 'shocking; at Mansfield' or Morecambe, at Bristol or the Hawthorns. We obviously need to finish, but the class of the game is better than I have seen in years at all these matches. COYY
Three? Was I in a nightmare? Yes
Four league games!!!. Although a very good performance last night the only thing that worries me is our good cup performances show that yes our new style and gameplay works against footballing teams but as Four league games show it might be the wrong tactics for league 2.
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tealery[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brian Gibbs[/bold] wrote: We were excellent last night and I do not remember a performance like that under Chris Wilder, In fact my abiding memory of his time in charge, apart from the Play Off, is the 0-3 Cup humiliation at Sheffield United in 2011. I posted on here after the Mansfield game that we were shocking, but last night I was proud for the first time in years. We were the better side for the whole of the second half and extra time with great performances from Mullins, Collins and Morris but Hylton was immense and by some distance man of the match. The added bonus was that Hoskins looks class with a great first touch and I look forward to him getting match fit.[/p][/quote]We have lost all three league matches, but we were not 'shocking; at Mansfield' or Morecambe, at Bristol or the Hawthorns. We obviously need to finish, but the class of the game is better than I have seen in years at all these matches. COYY[/p][/quote]Three? Was I in a nightmare? Yes[/p][/quote]Four league games!!!. Although a very good performance last night the only thing that worries me is our good cup performances show that yes our new style and gameplay works against footballing teams but as Four league games show it might be the wrong tactics for league 2. disco80
  • Score: 0

10:32am Thu 28 Aug 14

Brenda Jackson says...

tws wrote:
Unfortunately, (for 22 blokes anyway), I ply my trade as a referee, (supposedly), at weekends so alas, am only a "part timer"!!!
Always go when I can or not out with the whistle & actually officiate the OUFC youth academy quite a lot, so I hope that's sort of helps makes up for my lack of Saturday visits!!!
Course I could always retire & support United & I'm sure there are a few who wish I would, who likes a ref???
'You don't know what you're doing' - And you won't know what you're missing!!

Be there and be part of the successful season ahead!
[quote][p][bold]tws[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately, (for 22 blokes anyway), I ply my trade as a referee, (supposedly), at weekends so alas, am only a "part timer"!!! Always go when I can or not out with the whistle & actually officiate the OUFC youth academy quite a lot, so I hope that's sort of helps makes up for my lack of Saturday visits!!! Course I could always retire & support United & I'm sure there are a few who wish I would, who likes a ref???[/p][/quote]'You don't know what you're doing' - And you won't know what you're missing!! Be there and be part of the successful season ahead! Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 0

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