The Opposition View - Oxford
Following yesterday's cracking game at Oxford United, here are some views on the 2-2 draw from Us' manager Chris Wilder and a few of their fans.
The Oxford boss was disappointed not to have taken all three points and criticised the referee but had nothing but praise for Wycombe keeper Nikki Bull.
"I'm gutted we haven't won that game," he said. "I thought we were great, especially in the first half, but we had a mad ten minutes. Their keeper made three or four good saves and we should have had a penalty."
"I don't understand how the ref didn't give that, he even had the whistle in his mouth. The decisions didn't go for us. Again we've not won a game that we should have seen out. It's happened too many times here and that's the difference between us and Wycombe at the moment."
"James Constable really worked his socks off against their two centre halves. In hindsight, I possibly made a mistake taking him off in the second half, but you do these things to try and win the game."
"I thought we might have nicked one at the end when we got over the disappointment of them getting back into the game. They're a good side and they're not going to lie down, and that's why they're up there. But Nikki Bull made an unbelievable save for them from Tommy Craddock."
The Oxford fans had plenty to say about various aspects of the afternoon.
The following extracts are taken from Yellows Forum and Rage Online.
'From my perch at the very back of the SSU everything was looking good at 4:15 this afternoon. The sun was out, we were two-nil up and the Wycombe drummer had either been refused entry or had forgotten to bring his sticks. For a while we could dream even if we have an ordinary side in an ordinary division. Then the wake-up call. Two sloppy goals and a vociferous away section. I really hate seeing that at the Kassam.'
'Why did we take our foot off the gas? They're 2nd! We lost all the 50/50s in the first 10mins of the first half and then did the same for about 15mins in the second half.'
'On the positive side, it was a cracking game. Negatives? We sat back, stopped playing and self destructed. We had 75% of the game and played some great stuff but we can't keep a clean sheet and we don't know how to close games out.'
'Not sure why we sat back after making it 2-0, but the way we managed to get on top again after letting in two quick goals was good to see, we could have easily folded but kept going.'
'It was the story of our season. We did enough to win but our defence threw it away as usual.'
'We were too casual for ten minutes and we've been punished. The other 80 minutes were very promising but in football, you have to be on your game from first to last. It was a very entertaining, open game and I thoroughly enjoyed it, although we should have had three points.'
'The main positives for me were that it was a good game with a great atmosphere and no afters. Wycombe may not be big rivals but it was good to have a peaceful atmosphere and they deserve credit for that.'
'1,796 from Whycome Wanderers - how tinpot.'
'Just looked at the Wycombe forum and apparently they made a lot of noise today? Must have been either before 1pm or after 6pm because I couldn't hear anything. Still, glad they think they brought a magnificent atmosphere to their biggest game of the season.'
'That was a cracking game on a good surface with fine technical ability on show. A tremendous crowd for this level as well. We were better on the ball than Wycombe but it has to be said they had a better team shape than us. Not surprising they're 2nd.'
'Epitomised our season really. Played well enough to put ourselves in a great position, then bottled it and capitulated. At 2-0 we really should have won the game, but for the second time this season we outplayed a Wycombe side who looked spectacularly average and yet we couldn't come away with the points our play deserved.'
'Don't understand why Ainsworth didn't play for Wycombe today, can he not play too many games in a week or was it tactical? Anyway, he was at the back of the ssu for most of the game today with a few other reserves and when Wycombe scored they all cheered and the fans around the area got upset.'
'Surprised Pittman didn't start either.'
'Quite clearly the ref favoured Wycombe today. For the penalty that wasn't, how on earth could he give a goal kick. If he thought their player touched the the ball then it should of been a corner and if he thought Beano dived why didn't he book him.'
'We didn't deserve that draw today. Against any other keeper we'd have been 4 or 5 goals to the good.'
'One thing no one's mentioned is how much Wycombe's substitutions changed the game. First one, fair enough, wasn't Waddock's choice. But Pittman was roughly a million times more dangerous than Beavon had been. Second one, he takes off a defensive player for a more attacking one in Donnelly, and instantly they're bossing the midfield - which we'd had control of up to that point. Ten minutes later, they were level.'
Next Game - Wycombe v Northampton - Sat 16th April - 3.00pm
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