The Opposition View - Oxford
In the wake of yesterday's goalless draw with Oxford United, here are some views on the game from the U's manager Chris Wilder and a few of their fans.
The Oxford boss couldn't quite believe that his side didn't manage to convert one of their many opportunities.
"I don't know for the life of me how we're not the leading goalscorers in this league with the amount of chances we created and the way we played," he said.
Despite the fact that his side are still looking for their first win since returning to the Football League, Wilder was pleased with their performance and felt that taking a point at Wycombe was not to be underestimated.
"We've had three tough games but possibly our points tally hasn't matched our performances. We had to play well against a team I think will definitely be in the top three come the end of the season," he said.
"We stayed in the game in the first half and then we needed to up our standards in the second half - and I think we did that. We're happy with a point here because they are good side but I think we've shown that we're not bad ourselves."
The Oxford fans were fair in their assessment of the game. They accepted that Wycombe shaded the first-half, but were disappointed that the U's didn't take full advantage of their improved performance after the break.
The following extracts are taken from Yellows Forum, Football Forums, The Football Forum and OxVox.
'To be honest, I think Wycombe were grateful for a point in the end.'
'The game could have ended 3-3 but in the second half we played
one of the favourites in this league off the park.'
'Wycombe definitely edged it in the first half and I was worried that we may come under considerable pressure in the second. I'm pleased to report that my fears were entirely unfounded.'
Cardiff Yellow wrote:
'Only thing missing from the afternoon was a second-half goal, but when you come up against a keeper like Bull you can really see what the higher level is about.'
'Good game, not a drab 0-0 at all. Chances for both sides but the finishing touch wasn't there. Nikki Bull and the crossbar kept Wycombe in it in the second-half - wasteful finishing from Wycombe kept us in it in the first half. Three games in, I think we've adjusted to the higher league. We've just got to start putting some of our chances away because it's the only thing missing from our game.'
Dartford Ox wrote:
'The chances were there for both sides but both desperately need a clinical finisher.'
one trick Raponi wrote:
'Overall there wasn't much between the sides chances wise but I thought we played the better stuff, were fitter, more determined, kept the ball well and dominated the second half without getting the reward our play deserved.'
'The save from Bull where he got his fingertips to Beano's venomous strike from the edge of the area was breathtaking. A top drawer save. Wycombe were outmuscled and struggled with our physicality for long spells. If we continue to play like this the goals will come and we will be fine.'
'I think we bridged the gap in quality today. A very strong performance which augers well. A winning goal would have put the gloss on a terrific away performance. I thought we looked very strong, powerful and fit and did more than enough to win the game. If anything it was Wycombe who maybe got found out a bit. In a derby game, Oxford seemed to want it more.'
Next Game: Northampton v Wycombe - August 28th - 3.00pm