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Gateshead 0, Oxford United 1 (Smalley pen 116)

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Deane Smalley struck a penalty deep into extra time to send a decimated Oxford United through in the FA Cup against Gateshead.

The striker converted from 12 yards after Ryan Williams had been fouled in the area to set up a second-round trip to Wrexham on Monday.

It was a dramatic finish to a game which for long periods had been locked in stalemate.

Gateshead had been the better side, but could not turn their possession into an end product.

United lacked quality on the ball, although it was hardly surprising given they began the night with a makeshift side.

Oxford Mail:

  • Ryan Williams sets off on a run

The injury list grew longer throughout the night as their side began to resemble a youth team, but once again their character shone through.

It wasn't pretty, but they will face Wrexham in the second round on Monday.

The team sheet brought two surprises, as United's injury-hit squad was stretched further by the loss of Michael Raynes and Johnny Mullins.

It forced a radical reshuffle of the back four, with David Hunt and Tom Newey shifting into central defence.

In their place at full back were Matt Bevans and David Lynn, both making their senior debuts, while Scott Davies replaced the ineligible Asa Hall.

Gateshead had been 2-0 up in the first game at the Kassam Stadium almost a month earlier and they made most of the running before the break.

Gary Mills' side were unchanged and looked the more coherent side.

Josh Walker provided their main threat and the striker headed wide from an early corner.

United's patchwork back four looked unsurprisingly shaky, with Bevans giving away two cheap set pieces early on.

Oxford Mail:

  • Dave Kitson keeps possession as a Gateshead defender closes in

Gateshead won five corners in the opening 20 minutes and from the fifth James Curtis rose to head goalwards, forcing Ryan Clarke into a save.

Gateshead looked good until the final third and had relatively little to show for their control of the game.

One promising move late in the half was ended when Walker's shot on the turn was well blocked by Bevans.

United were very cautious and rarely had good possession in the opposition's half, but they showed signs of life early in the second half.

Kitson flicked a Rose corner which Jamie Chandler cleared off the line, while Constable had a shot well blocked from a neat Williams pass.

Just before the hour the boisterous home fans appealed for a penalty when Chandler was sent sprawling by Davies.

The referee awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box and the United wall blocked Sirrell's effort.

Smalley replaced Davies to give the visitors more of an attacking threat on the right flank.

Williams switched to the opposite wing and caused the most problems to the Heed defence.

The visitors were beginning to enjoy their best spell of the game, but Gateshead hit back.

With ten minutes remaining Colin Larkin found some space just inside the area, but his powerful shot was too close to Clarke, who parried.

It was the final chance of the 90 minutes, but the game began to open up as legs tired in extra time.

Oxford Mail:

Walker saw an acrobatic effort roll just wide, while at the other end Williams forced a smart save from Bartlett as Gateshead's defence hesitated.

In the 100th minute Larkin had the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for offside.

The home side looked the more likely to find a winner as the minutes ticked by.

But just as it looked a shoot-out was inevitable, Williams was felled by Curtis in the area.

Smalley stepped up and coolly slotted in his seventh goal of the season before being mobbed by his teammates.

Oxford Utd (4-4-1-1): Clarke, Bevans, Hunt, Newey, Lynn, Williams, Davies, Rose, Ruffels, Kitson, Constable.

Subs used: Smalley (Davies 68), Long (Rose 99), Marsh (Kitson 106) Unused subs: Crocombe, Lee, Shama, O'Dowda.

Booked: None Gateshead (4-3-3): Bartlett, Baxter, Curtis, Clark, Sirrell, Oster (Tait 118), Turnbull, Chandler (Ramshaw 115), Larkin, Walker (Hatch 118), Marwood.

Unused subs: Magnay, Baird, Brown, Maddison.

Booked: Marwood Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

Attendance: 2,632 (98 visitors).

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10:33pm Thu 5 Dec 13

South Upper 87 says...

Well what a travesty, just cannot believe we won that. Newey and Hunt were outstanding, Kitson and especially Constable looked uninterested. I know we had a load of yougsters in, but hell it was rather embarrasing.
Well what a travesty, just cannot believe we won that. Newey and Hunt were outstanding, Kitson and especially Constable looked uninterested. I know we had a load of yougsters in, but hell it was rather embarrasing. South Upper 87
  • Score: -3

10:56pm Thu 5 Dec 13

oxford yellow says...

Im not sure Newey found a yellow shirt all night!
Shocking game but we got the win and desperately need some players back fit for Monday and beyond
Im not sure Newey found a yellow shirt all night! Shocking game but we got the win and desperately need some players back fit for Monday and beyond oxford yellow
  • Score: -6

11:11pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Sid Snakey says...

That was some really lovely play from Gateshead, very attractive football. Much of their posession was in their own half and did us no damage, but nonetheless they do hold on to the ball very, very nicely, playing it out from the back and probing for the right ball forward. All of their players seemed comfortable on the ball, and their crossing from open play and set pieces was outstanding. It's the kind of football we should be playing in this country, and great to see it being played by a Conference team. You would have to say that on the balance of play Gateshead did not deserve to lose, although as I said a lot of their posession didn't hurt Oxford because it was in the wrong half. I hope Gateshead get promoted because playing like that they deserve it. Full credit to their manager for that style of play - the thought crossed my mind several times that if Wilder goes it should be our turn to approach a club to ask to speak to their manager - Gateshead! I would get my season ticket back to watch football like that every week.

Well done Oxford for coming away with the victory, especially given the makeshift defence and debutants. Whilst we looked quite poor in the first half, I believe the plan was to try and defend our untried defence, as it were, and to let them play themselves into the game, never having played together before, and everyone out of position. Yes we could have come out all guns blazing and tried to shut them down, but that would have been pretty risky. You would not want to be chasing a game against this Gateshead team, with a dodgy defence. In the second half we came out a lot more and looked much more positive, but in extra-time again we sat deep.

I thought the penalty was a penalty - it was a clear foul and would be given outside the box without hesitation, and given there is no law of the game which says "you have to be less stricter on fouls inside the box" then it was a pen. Okay it was clumsy rather than deliberate, but again there is no law which says "a foul has to be deliberately intentioned", other than handball - which is the only infringement which must be deliberate. But a foul is a foul. We have been on the wrong end of those before at the end of cup games - Kevin Francis vs Chelsea in the late 90s anyone?

Their pen appeal was right on the line, so you could see why the ref didn't give it, but it was close to say the least. Their goal was definitely offside though.

Given the players at his disposal, and the style of team he was facing, you would have to say that Wilder's strategy, ugly as it was, paid off. I don't agree that Constable and Kitson looked disinterested, but I certainly think they looked knackered - if you haven't played you won't know how tiring it is for a forward to defend from the front, when your own team are 35 yards behind you, and then make attacking runs. Defending is much less tiring than playing up front (in my experience at least, having played both positions). Also impressed that Wilder still has them working hard for each other, despite the managerial situation.
That was some really lovely play from Gateshead, very attractive football. Much of their posession was in their own half and did us no damage, but nonetheless they do hold on to the ball very, very nicely, playing it out from the back and probing for the right ball forward. All of their players seemed comfortable on the ball, and their crossing from open play and set pieces was outstanding. It's the kind of football we should be playing in this country, and great to see it being played by a Conference team. You would have to say that on the balance of play Gateshead did not deserve to lose, although as I said a lot of their posession didn't hurt Oxford because it was in the wrong half. I hope Gateshead get promoted because playing like that they deserve it. Full credit to their manager for that style of play - the thought crossed my mind several times that if Wilder goes it should be our turn to approach a club to ask to speak to their manager - Gateshead! I would get my season ticket back to watch football like that every week. Well done Oxford for coming away with the victory, especially given the makeshift defence and debutants. Whilst we looked quite poor in the first half, I believe the plan was to try and defend our untried defence, as it were, and to let them play themselves into the game, never having played together before, and everyone out of position. Yes we could have come out all guns blazing and tried to shut them down, but that would have been pretty risky. You would not want to be chasing a game against this Gateshead team, with a dodgy defence. In the second half we came out a lot more and looked much more positive, but in extra-time again we sat deep. I thought the penalty was a penalty - it was a clear foul and would be given outside the box without hesitation, and given there is no law of the game which says "you have to be less stricter on fouls inside the box" then it was a pen. Okay it was clumsy rather than deliberate, but again there is no law which says "a foul has to be deliberately intentioned", other than handball - which is the only infringement which must be deliberate. But a foul is a foul. We have been on the wrong end of those before at the end of cup games - Kevin Francis vs Chelsea in the late 90s anyone? Their pen appeal was right on the line, so you could see why the ref didn't give it, but it was close to say the least. Their goal was definitely offside though. Given the players at his disposal, and the style of team he was facing, you would have to say that Wilder's strategy, ugly as it was, paid off. I don't agree that Constable and Kitson looked disinterested, but I certainly think they looked knackered - if you haven't played you won't know how tiring it is for a forward to defend from the front, when your own team are 35 yards behind you, and then make attacking runs. Defending is much less tiring than playing up front (in my experience at least, having played both positions). Also impressed that Wilder still has them working hard for each other, despite the managerial situation. Sid Snakey
  • Score: 20

12:33am Fri 6 Dec 13

matty99 says...

Not a penalty he fell over, I've seen those marginal offsides given as goals, so for me Gateshead unlucky but that's the
FA cup!
Not a penalty he fell over, I've seen those marginal offsides given as goals, so for me Gateshead unlucky but that's the FA cup! matty99
  • Score: -7

12:36am Fri 6 Dec 13

darkskies says...

Good post Snakey, spot on with your analysis. Send out the young guns monday night, never know could get a result... give our poor tired knackered 1st a rest!
New boss soon? Who knows. Would like CW to finish the job but football? Its a funny old game as Jimmy Greaves would say.
OTID 49 years and counting...
Good post Snakey, spot on with your analysis. Send out the young guns monday night, never know could get a result... give our poor tired knackered 1st a rest! New boss soon? Who knows. Would like CW to finish the job but football? Its a funny old game as Jimmy Greaves would say. OTID 49 years and counting... darkskies
  • Score: 2

5:30am Fri 6 Dec 13

Southstandupper says...

Ok so not so pretty to watch but after all winning is all that matters. If we are on the rack for 89 minutes and then have one breakaway and score winning 1-0 I will take that every time. A win is a win no matter how you get it. Roll on Monday at least we will receive more much needed cash which may result in finances being available to bring players in. Well done the young lads making their debuts lets hope their confidence grows and they push on for regular first team places.
Ok so not so pretty to watch but after all winning is all that matters. If we are on the rack for 89 minutes and then have one breakaway and score winning 1-0 I will take that every time. A win is a win no matter how you get it. Roll on Monday at least we will receive more much needed cash which may result in finances being available to bring players in. Well done the young lads making their debuts lets hope their confidence grows and they push on for regular first team places. Southstandupper
  • Score: 9

6:27am Fri 6 Dec 13

oldun says...

Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .
Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters . oldun
  • Score: -3

6:37am Fri 6 Dec 13

oldun says...

Seeing Tait coming on for Gateshead reminded me of Tynesider and Pompey legend Mick Tait , who played (with Les Taylor) for the U's in what is now called the Championship - when they were both 18. Taity has moved back to Geordieland.

Our 'Young' guns? - 19 is not too young to be playing at the fourth tier

Our great former winger, Paul Simpson was 16 when he made his debut for Man City - in the top flight!

Apart from Tait and Taylor, the following are among our many former players who made their debuts for United at a higher level than Div 4

Kevin Brock , Jason Seacole and Billy Jeffrey were all aged 16 when they played in the League. At that age, Jeffrey played two divisions higher than where United play nowadays,

Andy Thomas and Mark Wright were both aged 17 when they first played for the U's at the third tier.

Fred Ford (rest in peace)
Seeing Tait coming on for Gateshead reminded me of Tynesider and Pompey legend Mick Tait , who played (with Les Taylor) for the U's in what is now called the Championship - when they were both 18. Taity has moved back to Geordieland. Our 'Young' guns? - 19 is not too young to be playing at the fourth tier Our great former winger, Paul Simpson was 16 when he made his debut for Man City - in the top flight! Apart from Tait and Taylor, the following are among our many former players who made their debuts for United at a higher level than Div 4 Kevin Brock , Jason Seacole and Billy Jeffrey were all aged 16 when they played in the League. At that age, Jeffrey played two divisions higher than where United play nowadays, Andy Thomas and Mark Wright were both aged 17 when they first played for the U's at the third tier. Fred Ford (rest in peace) oldun
  • Score: -3

9:24am Fri 6 Dec 13

OUFC90 says...

We got the win, which is all that matters. I think it was a penalty, unlucky for the Gateshead defender though, he just slipped and caught Williams, it just looked clumsy.

We really need to work on ball retention though, we only had 27% possession. Gateshead had so much time on the ball and could just pick a pass out without much pressure. As for us, our passing was just long ball and aimless! We can hardly string 3 passes together. We just need to get the ball down, relax a bit and just knock it around to take the pressure off!

Back to positives, it was a young team and that was a very good win! Bring on Wrexham, hopefully with an extra incentive of a big tie waiting!
We got the win, which is all that matters. I think it was a penalty, unlucky for the Gateshead defender though, he just slipped and caught Williams, it just looked clumsy. We really need to work on ball retention though, we only had 27% possession. Gateshead had so much time on the ball and could just pick a pass out without much pressure. As for us, our passing was just long ball and aimless! We can hardly string 3 passes together. We just need to get the ball down, relax a bit and just knock it around to take the pressure off! Back to positives, it was a young team and that was a very good win! Bring on Wrexham, hopefully with an extra incentive of a big tie waiting! OUFC90
  • Score: 4

9:42am Fri 6 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .
blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: 1

9:46am Fri 6 Dec 13

oldun says...

OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .
blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah
Thank you . As it is the season of goodwill OUFC 4 EVA - please name the health related charity to which you would like me to donate £100
[quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah[/p][/quote]Thank you . As it is the season of goodwill OUFC 4 EVA - please name the health related charity to which you would like me to donate £100 oldun
  • Score: -3

10:04am Fri 6 Dec 13

EMBOX2 says...

Watched the game on TV last night. Have to say we were outplayed by Gateshead hands down. When we got the ball, all we did was stick it up in the sky and pray that a yellow shirt was down the far end of the field when it landed. Gateshead looked good on the ball, some nice passing and seemed very coherent.

We didnt deserve the win, but take it when it comes, so on to Wrexham and a £90k TV royalty, thank you very much. Hopefully it won't be CW's severence package...
Watched the game on TV last night. Have to say we were outplayed by Gateshead hands down. When we got the ball, all we did was stick it up in the sky and pray that a yellow shirt was down the far end of the field when it landed. Gateshead looked good on the ball, some nice passing and seemed very coherent. We didnt deserve the win, but take it when it comes, so on to Wrexham and a £90k TV royalty, thank you very much. Hopefully it won't be CW's severence package... EMBOX2
  • Score: 1

10:29am Fri 6 Dec 13

Adman says...

Gosh Gateshead looked a nice team. But having said that, they spent a lot of time passing it back and forth in their own half. Credit to the entire Oxford team for keeping them at bay. Was impressed with Bevans and Lynn - looked settled and did a good job. Was Ruffles on the pitch? I prefer O'Dowda, but early days.

I reckon Wrexham won't be as pure as Gateshead and that might help us. Can't expect lightning to strike twice though, will have to play better to get through.
Gosh Gateshead looked a nice team. But having said that, they spent a lot of time passing it back and forth in their own half. Credit to the entire Oxford team for keeping them at bay. Was impressed with Bevans and Lynn - looked settled and did a good job. Was Ruffles on the pitch? I prefer O'Dowda, but early days. I reckon Wrexham won't be as pure as Gateshead and that might help us. Can't expect lightning to strike twice though, will have to play better to get through. Adman
  • Score: 4

12:01pm Fri 6 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote: Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .
blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah
Thank you . As it is the season of goodwill OUFC 4 EVA - please name the health related charity to which you would like me to donate £100
blah blah charity blah blah donate blah blah goodwill blah blah
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah[/p][/quote]Thank you . As it is the season of goodwill OUFC 4 EVA - please name the health related charity to which you would like me to donate £100[/p][/quote]blah blah charity blah blah donate blah blah goodwill blah blah OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Fri 6 Dec 13

oldun says...

OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote: Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .
blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah
Thank you . As it is the season of goodwill OUFC 4 EVA - please name the health related charity to which you would like me to donate £100
blah blah charity blah blah donate blah blah goodwill blah blah
Thank you , OUFC 4 EVA

I will donate it to the Breast Cancer Charity

http://www.breakthro
ugh.org.uk/

Have a great weekend
[quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah[/p][/quote]Thank you . As it is the season of goodwill OUFC 4 EVA - please name the health related charity to which you would like me to donate £100[/p][/quote]blah blah charity blah blah donate blah blah goodwill blah blah[/p][/quote]Thank you , OUFC 4 EVA I will donate it to the Breast Cancer Charity http://www.breakthro ugh.org.uk/ Have a great weekend oldun
  • Score: -3

2:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote: Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .
blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah
Thank you . As it is the season of goodwill OUFC 4 EVA - please name the health related charity to which you would like me to donate £100
blah blah charity blah blah donate blah blah goodwill blah blah
Thank you , OUFC 4 EVA I will donate it to the Breast Cancer Charity http://www.breakthro ugh.org.uk/ Have a great weekend
Why not donate it to www.noonelistenstoyo
uoldone.com/stayoffo
ursiteyouboringprick
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Midfield was totally dominated by Gateshead, To progress at Wrexham (unless we are again so lucky ) we must play far better. The football was played by Gateshead. Still , the League (and that vital top 3 finish) is what really matters .[/p][/quote]blah blah top 3 blah blah playoff lottery blah blah sell beano blah blah[/p][/quote]Thank you . As it is the season of goodwill OUFC 4 EVA - please name the health related charity to which you would like me to donate £100[/p][/quote]blah blah charity blah blah donate blah blah goodwill blah blah[/p][/quote]Thank you , OUFC 4 EVA I will donate it to the Breast Cancer Charity http://www.breakthro ugh.org.uk/ Have a great weekend[/p][/quote]Why not donate it to www.noonelistenstoyo uoldone.com/stayoffo ursiteyouboringprick OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: 0

2:51pm Fri 6 Dec 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

Adman wrote:
Gosh Gateshead looked a nice team. But having said that, they spent a lot of time passing it back and forth in their own half. Credit to the entire Oxford team for keeping them at bay. Was impressed with Bevans and Lynn - looked settled and did a good job. Was Ruffles on the pitch? I prefer O'Dowda, but early days. I reckon Wrexham won't be as pure as Gateshead and that might help us. Can't expect lightning to strike twice though, will have to play better to get through.
Ruffels isn't a left winger, he's a centre midfielder and looked as such as soon as the woeful Davies was taken off and he was played in his correct position! i agree that O'Dowda is a better left winger but as that is his natural position he is going to be isn't he!
[quote][p][bold]Adman[/bold] wrote: Gosh Gateshead looked a nice team. But having said that, they spent a lot of time passing it back and forth in their own half. Credit to the entire Oxford team for keeping them at bay. Was impressed with Bevans and Lynn - looked settled and did a good job. Was Ruffles on the pitch? I prefer O'Dowda, but early days. I reckon Wrexham won't be as pure as Gateshead and that might help us. Can't expect lightning to strike twice though, will have to play better to get through.[/p][/quote]Ruffels isn't a left winger, he's a centre midfielder and looked as such as soon as the woeful Davies was taken off and he was played in his correct position! i agree that O'Dowda is a better left winger but as that is his natural position he is going to be isn't he! OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: 7

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