The Opposition View - Oxford Utd
In the wake of yesterday's gutting 1-0 defeat to Oxford United at Adams Park, here is some reaction from the two managers and the Oxford supporters.
The U's manager Chris Wilder pulled no punches in his assessment of Steven Craig's red card.
'"t's not our fault their lad's come and tried to smash Johnny Mullins in the face. It was absolutely blatant and I have no change of opinion on that," said Wilder.
"In a league derby we know they are going to be wound up, they are going to be enthusiastic. Sometimes players step over the line and let their manager down and their player has done that and made it doubly difficult for their team to get a result."
"Credit to Gareth and his team they were stubborn, they sat deep, they made it really difficult for us but it's a vital win," Wilder continued.
"We had a lot to lose with our league position and our fantastic record. And it's their big derby which we had to respect. We had to be patient, we did that and we got our rewards. He (Wroe) has given everyone a lift. His attitude's great, he's a good footballer and he weighs in with some goals."
Chairboys chief Gareth Ainsworth was gutted by the defeat but saw plenty of positives in the rearguard display: "It was sickening for a few seconds but then I turned round and thought what a performance, what a spirit today, and I'm proud to put my name to that performance," said Ainsworth.
"I know we've got beaten and it's a local derby and that hurts, but I'm sure they [the fans] can go home knowing that this club is fighting and the passion is alive."
"It was always going to be difficult with 10 men but we battled and it's taken a wonder goal to beat us. I'm proud to put my name to that because that's Wycombe and that's the passion back. If we play like that for the rest of the season then there'll be plenty more wins," he said.
"We're strong at the back but we need to score a few more at the other end, although it's not easy when one of your forwards gets a red card."
Ainsworth was keen to play down the red card and defended Craig. "On the red card itself, I think Stevie has not gone looking for the man but he's used his arm for leverage and caught him on the side of the face," he added.
"After the little fracas a moment before I think the referee has taken a dim view of it. He was looking at the ball and he didn't even know there was a man next to him."
"I want to have a go at him but you've got to be careful in these situations because Stevie is gutted in there."
The Oxford fans had a lot to say as usual, with varying degrees of accuracy, but most were relieved to maintain their away record and were quick to criticise the Chairboys.
The following extracts are taken from the Oxford Yellows Forum and the Oxford Mail.
Chuckbert said: ''Thank f*** for that''.
John Lennon said: ''The Wycombe manager told them to bully us and get stuck in. Well that backfired''.
Gary Baldi said: ''They must be naïve if they think we're cheaters. Even their radio said it was a red card. Craig was a silly boy. It's not cheating getting elbowed/punched in the head. Is it? If they go down, I don't see them getting back up. It's not clear on the sending off, but I think Craig was naughty and got caught by the ref. Mullins isn't a diver. Williams goes down, but the rest of the team are too honest. Wycombe seem awfully bitter''.
YellowHoods said: ''Stating the obvious here, but this away league form of ours is incredible. 7-4-0 and scoring nearly two goals a game in the process! Not a great performance today, but we have that lovely knack of picking up three points all the same... By the way, any moaning Wycombe fans who genuinely thought Mullins was responsible for that animal getting sent off, you should be ashamed of yourselves. 3,900 home fans there today. Enough said''.
Stebbesyellows said: ''Was at the match, rarely have I seen a more histrionic manager than Ainsworth, arms in the air, ranting at the 4th official, coming out of the technical area. Complete drama Queen''.
Scotchegg said: ''We are in a results business, and while I'd love to see us destroying every team I settle for a scrappy win over a credible defeat. Yesterday we played against a side who had 10 men behind the ball. We changed it to 2 up front, pushed the full backs further forward and dominated play. The only problem we had was finding space in the box when it was filled with 9 defenders. Had we scored earlier I think we'd have won by 3 or 4, but sometimes you have to take what you can get. It wasn't a performance that I'll be talking about on my death bed, but I certainly won't be crying over it either''.
Bazze9461 said: ''I was moaning yesterday, and then Nicky Wroe scored so I was happy for the last few minutes. This league is an awkward one top or bottom you can win against opposition from the other end of the table''.
Bicesteryellow said: ''Their home support is disgraceful seeing as that is their big match of the season. Good win, nice to keep the away record going, and on to Charlton Athletic this week''.
Newburyyellow said: ''Playing one up against a team in the bottom 6 and a team with ten is negative. Our brand of football Is boring and we don't appear to have much of a plan b. If you struggle to beat ten men over the course of an hour then you don't deserve to win anything''.
stevegilbert said: ''Wycombe set up 2 solid banks of 4 once down to 10 men, this will be hard to break down. By passing the ball about waiting for a gap will tire the other team out. It is often harder to play against 10 men and it can come become frustrating and you start to force the play''.
Hburton28 said: ''A dominant performance with a pile driver for a late winner- fantastic! The support was awesome today, completely out sung tinpot Wycombe!''
learned said: ''No moaning or negativity from me today. Great result. Well done boys. Don't really like Wycombe and a dirty side as well !!''
South Upper 87 said: ''I thought we played well today created good movement and Wroe looks a very good signing., All fell apart with the finishing...not for the first time this season... A decent front man would have seen us four or five points clear at the top by now. Great support from the travelling fans today. Referee certainly wanted to be man of the match''.
BigAlBiker said: ''Just in from the pub, great win yet again away from home in a hostile atmosphere, shame about the bookings but who cares, three points is in the bag. Workman like performance, if we could get the shots on target things might have been easier''.
Next Game: Mansfield Town vs Wycombe Wanderers, Saturday 25th January 2014, 3pm.