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  1. Haha yes, I saw that - looks like he played a whole ... 13 minutes for the first team! We've managed to keep the nucleus of last year's team so hopefully that'll provide some stability to keep some momentum into next season. We're resigned to loosing Dickie who had a great season, too good as it obviously drew some attention to him, but for clubs like us we have to sell to survive. So I'd take a payout if it means we're financially secure this season. Had a fairly busy window so far, signed Taylor on a permanent which I was surprised about as I didn't think we'd be able
  2. Poor old Barnet, used to enjoy an away day back when their ground was actually in Barnet itself. Even got to see Edgar Davids play for them! Apart from once when we beat them and I ended up in a pub full of their supporters who were looking for away fans to take it out on. Quietly enjoyed my drink without making too much fuss that night. Probably not of much interest to all as it largely just focusses on Oxford United, but this article detailing Maxwell's involvement with the club is a bit of an eye opener and I guess shows to an extent how little has changed in terms o
  3. We don't consider it a derby, but I think they do. Our derby is with Swindon, and to a lesser extent due to them being in a different division for some time now, Reading. Wycombe were getting up to little antics like only allocating us a small amount of tickets at their place, blaming it on Thames Valley Police advice. Then TVP replied to their tweet saying they had advised nothing of the sort! All moot now anyway as the game was called off due to the season being suspended but I found it amusingly petty at the time.
  4. Funny thing was, he was absolutely useless - after he came on they had almost no attacking threat. I would have been delighted if he had started for them! I can't see him getting game time in the Championship but who knows.
  5. Yeah basically, they're hoofball specialists. Although I can't really complain too much tonight. They came with a plan and executed it well, our defeat was entirely of our making. Two mistakes for their goals, one very silly, and not finishing two very good chances cost us. We had a great spell at the start of the second half but choked when it mattered. To keep things in perspective though, family and friends are in good health and the club I follow still exists for now. They are things to be grateful for at this time. See all you League One peeps again next season, no
  6. I've got the same feeling - I reckon this might be Northampton Exeter again. We'll have to start really well to disrupt their game, otherwise we're not going to get time/space to play our game if we're on the back foot from the off.
  7. Cheers! Bonkers that after two legs it came down a single penalty. Thought it was a tight game with neither team playing to their full potential again. I mean look at the stats, you can't get much closer! After I complained about him struggling in the last game respect to Woodburn to come on with a few minutes to go and take a pen, must take some guts. I'm not optimistic about Wembley as our recent record hasn't been good, but you never know. If it was a league game back when things were more normal I'd fancy beating them. I just hope we've got a game pla
  8. Not sure there's much of an advantage at ours even without a pandemic. The legacy of being stuck with a stadium with only 3 stands which are all set quite far back from the pitch and have massive gaps between them means unless it's a full house then the atmosphere is pretty flat anyway! But yeah as you say, without fans there I don't think there's going to be much difference in terms of home advantage.
  9. Well I thought we looked really rusty and was happy to come away with a draw. Didn't think it was a great game from either side to be honest, I'd say the two best players were each side's centre backs which gives you an idea of what sort of game it was. Couldn't understand the decision to start Woodburn, he hasn't played since October and to throw him straight back in for such an important game was a strange decision for me. We knew Curtis was the danger man, and Woodburn not tracking back left Long exposed against him too many times. Hopefully Sykes starts in his place on Monday.
  10. Haha, I'm not confident either! Then again, I'm never confident - I've followed Oxford for too long! We were in decent form before the season got halted, but after such a long break I've got no idea what's going to happen,. Weirdly, I sort of feel like this a free hit sort of game. Would I like to win, absolutely, but if we don't I'd still be happy as that is the best season I've experienced in a long time and finishing wherever we end up will be an achievement in itself. Wycombe were in a downward spiral before all of this but I guess none of that is really relevant no
  11. Yeah it was a great night even though we lost in the end, pushed a Premier League team, who weren't fielding a youth side, right to the end. Saint-Maximin looked dangerous in the first leg despite getting a load of stick from their fans afterwards, and even though his decision making was a bit dodgy I thought that one of his efforts was going to go in eventually. Can't begrudge him it though, no-one was really at fault, just a great finish. Oh well, had a cracking night out in Newcastle in the first leg and a great evening last night, we get a bit of a payday which is probably pean
  12. Man City at home again, oh well it was fun while it lasted!
  13. Beat Sunderland on penalties last night to make it through to the quarter finals of the League cup for the first time in almost 30 years. In truth I didn't think we played very well, first half was quite even, second half we wasted some good chances that I thought would come back to haunt us. Last 20 minutes or so we were on the ropes and it was obvious that some players had completely run out of steam - I have no idea why Robinson left it so late to get them off and get some fresh legs on, but inevitably they scored, and it was obvious that it was coming for some time. Not a vintage performan
  14. Guess it comes down to whether the players still have confidence in him. When we went through a ropey patch, well a ropey season really, it was noticeable that the players stood by the manager even though fans were wanting him out. Things have turned around now but it's taken a long time. But with our previous manager it was obvious that players had lost confidence in him and there wasn't really any coming back from that. The whole atmosphere got toxic and it just wasn't a good place to be for anyone.
  15. I suppose the question is who do you want to replace him? As sometimes these things don't end up improving the situation. Why have things changed so much this season? Have to admit I didn't keep track of all the comings and goings in L1 so was recruitment the issue? I know you signed Marquis but wasn't sure who had left (as presumably he cost a few quid!). We beat a pretty poor Rochdale team in horrific conditions on Saturday, somehow the rain was hitting me in the face despite the fact I sit about 3 rows from the back of the stand. In fairness to them they tried to play it out fro
  16. Not sure the Bolton team from the start of the season is the one you'll be facing now - they signed a load of players on deadline day which means it's bit of a different proposition. I was initially annoyed that we only managed to draw with them, but Sunderland needed an injury time penalty to salvage a draw there at the weekend. Whether that's fair or not in terms of teams playing them earlier in the season getting an easier ride is another matter. Went away on holiday and we seemingly battered Lincoln (who coincidentally our old manager has just been appointed to) 6-0. Then we w
  17. Join the club - we drew 0-0 to Bolton! I appreciate it's not their U23 team now, but the pros they've signed can only have had a couple of weeks or so of training so we should have been too much on fitness alone. Sounds like they could have been up 2 or 3 by half time. Beat Tranmere at the weekend but 3-0 flattered us, they looked awful. I thought Burton were one of the better sides I've seen this year, worked really hard, moved the ball quickly, and looked to have some attacking threat. The positivity I had at the start of the season is starting to waver a bit, it's fe
  18. Yes it was a crazy game, I thought it was fairly evenly balanced in the first half and Mackie missed a sitter. Second half was pretty bonkers, from Woodburn hitting the post on the volley from outside the area to your second in less than a minute! Not sure what Dabo was thinking for the first, he wasn't really under any pressure. For the second he had to get something on it otherwise Moore would have got to it, although I'm guessing preferably away from your goal! I thought when we made our substitutions and Woodburn went off it changed the game, Baptiste and Fosu were
  19. We had almost the same against Blackpool and lost, dominated the game but couldn't score. The local rag describes it as 'Take the three points and run' - 'That would be my advice, for this was a theft as brazen as the Great Train Robbery in 1962.' So I'm not too down about it, as long as we're playing well we'll be ok - just one of those days. Burton tomorrow evening, they like to play a passing game so it should be decent watch.
  20. Same result, same scorer, beat Peterborough again in the League Cup despite making 7 changes - good to see we have a little more depth this season as last year we'd struggle to make more than a couple of changes without basically throwing in the towel. Sadly one of our youth players, who had been battling illness last season so had limited playing time, had his leg broken by a pretty rubbish challenge. Seemed to be a little bit of a nasty edge to some of Peterborough's play in both games, not sure if that's something they've been told to do by Ferguson to stamp their authority on the game.
  21. That's the guy yeah - signed too late to play Saturday so haven't actually seen him kick a ball yet. Robinson seems to be good at developing young players though so hopefully he can the get best out of him
  22. Decent result in our first home game against Peterborough. Weather was absolutely crazy with it switching between rain, sun, and gale force gusts of wind every few minutes. First half we dominated and they didn't offer much threat, seemed quite disjointed as a team. Their number 10 caused us some problems, but their number 7 seemed more interested in falling over than playing football. He was subbed off at half time so I'm guessing their manager thought the same. Second half they had more energy about them and got back into the game, Maddison was a threat but again not much end pro
  23. Yeah decent result, would have taken the point if you had offered it to me before the game. Sounded like some players were struggling for march fitness, and we're sorely lacking any striking options but a positive start. Already surpassed the start of last season! Bolton and Bury look like they're in a bad way, not sure if they'll both see the season out but if they do they've got a mountain to climb already.
  24. Not 100% accurate, we're sponsored by Singha beer because our current chairman is Thai and presumably has business connections there. But the problem stems from the fact we don't own our ground, we're tenants and lease it from a previous club owner. This means we have precious little say on what goes on within the ground itself as we're just tenants. So a catering company leases the space in the ground from the ground owner to sell food and drink and the club see none of that revenue. Whether or not they want to stock Singha is their choice (don't care for it myself personally!) but not someth
  25. Oxford United supporter back for another season. Didn't get round to updating last season's thread as the end of our season just sort of petered out, but given we spent most of the season in and around the relegation spots I guess 12th would be considered a good result in the end. I'm hoping for a more relaxed season than last year and hopefully we've learned lessons from the disastrous recruitment last summer which meant we didn't start looking like a coherent team until mid October. Recruitment has been pretty quiet so far, we've picked up a Spanish midfielder from Motherwell and
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