Roll on Pompey IpswichT62OldBoy added 17:07 - Dec 26Excellent response to last weeks performance and result. Great to have the first choice team back. BeattiesBackPocket added 17:09 - Dec 26After a sluggish first 15 minutes we grew into the game and played some very good football at times. We worked the keeper much better than we have in some games this season at home as well.
Within a minute of the restart, a corner from the right was half-cleared to Evans on the edge of the box but the Welshman was caught in two minds whether to volley or half-volley and eventually chose the latter but sent the ball well over. On 48, Chaplin sent Burns away with a superb touch and pass with the wideman finding Ladapo, who worked space before hitting a shot which McGinty saved but again didn’t hold, however, this time without Town profiting.
3 goals still top scorers, best goal difference in the league as well as still top two what more can we ask for. Onwards and upwards. RobITFC added 17:09 - Dec 26Great to have Evans and Harness back, both played really well. Good win in front of 28k crowd too. DaGremloid added 17:10 - Dec 26Excellent performance today and for the first time in a few matches I never felt the result was in doubt. We've really been missing that clinical touch for a while so a great Christmas present from the team.
In reference to that game, U’s fans sarcastically began to sing ‘Boring, boring Oxford’. However, Browne proved to have a genuine problem and eventually walked around the perimeter to the tunnel with James Henry, a Town target during Paul Jewell’s time as boss, replacing him. On 17, there was another stoppage, Sam Long requiring treatment after colliding with Cameron Burgess at a corner. Much to Chaplin’s frustration, possession was given to Oxford for the restart despite Town having been on the ball when the game had been halted. Three minutes later, the Blues were caught two-v-two on the break but Matty Taylor shot into the side-netting when he might well have done better.
Lee Evans, Marcus Harness, Janoi Donacien and Luke Woolfenden all returned to the Blues’ starting line-up. Midfielder Evans, who came on as a sub at Wycombe a week ago, made his first start since suffering a knee injury against Derby at the end of October, while Harness, who warmed up ahead of the game at Adams Park, joined Conor Chaplin as one of the number 10s having undergone knee surgery. At the back, Donacien and Woolfenden returned having missed the Chairboys fixture with ankle and adductor problems respectively. Town started positively and in the opening minute Ladapo was almost presented with a chance when a defender tried to skip past him in the area but the ball cannoned off the striker’s shin and through to visiting keeper Ed McGinty.
Good to increase our goal difference too - that could be important come May... Merry Christmas, all. Miaow added 17:12 - Dec 26That will do nicely. blueboy1981 added 17:22 - Dec 26Excellent Result - with taking chances, and a bit more finishing finesse could easily have been 5 or 6 - but proves when everyone steps up to the plate, what is possible. Credit to Oxford who did their best to make a game of it - but why should we be continuously concerned about visiting opposition? - just concentrate on our gamr. This was how to deal with them!! Well Done All.
Referee Will Finnie’s half-time whistle was greeted with applause by Town fans following a pulsating end to the half in which the Blues grabbed a two-goal lead. Town hadn’t had it all their own way but gradually imposed themselves upon Oxford and began to create more and more chances. Chaplin’s volley deserved a goal but Ladapo reacted sharply to tuck home the rebound, then Burns’s brilliant second from a set piece evidently worked on on the training ground added what could be a vital second goal. Oxford, who having gone two behind needed to take the game to Town, made a change ahead of the second half, ex-Norwich winger Josh Murphy taking over from Anderson.
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There was a scare for Town in the 69th minute when a cross from the right looped well beyond the far post and Walton and Donacien collided as they both went for the ball, which fell to Bodin, who shot wide off the Town keeper. Walton claimed the resultant corner confidently. On 71, Kayden Jackson took over from Ladapo with the exiting striker warmly applauded off the field. Two minutes later, Town felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Burns looked to be fouled as he turned away from a defender inside the area but again referee Finnie wasn’t interested. The Blues had been promising a third goal all half and it finally came in the 81st minute.
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CustardCream added 17:07 - Dec 26Brilliant performance, dominated from start to finish and could have had 6 or 7 if Leif had been a little more composed in the final third. (He was still brilliant) We would all agree that Humphries has been good since he’s come in but Lee Evans is on another level. We are so much more assured with the ball and able to control games with him in the team so I’m chuffed he looks back to his best. Roll on Pompey CustardCream added 17:07 - Dec 26Brilliant performance, dominated from start to finish and could have had 6 or 7 if Leif had been a little more composed in the final third.
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