Oxford United 0, Charlton Athletic 3 (Kermorgant 35 & 58, Green 37)

Josh Ruffels shows some good control

Josh Ruffels shows some good control

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OXFORD United's FA Cup adventure came to a halt as Charlton Athletic did enough when it counted to win the third round replay.

A poor start to the game turned on two goals in three minutes, which put the visitors in charge at half-time.

Yann Kermorgant, who scored a late equaliser a week earlier to deny the U's and take the tie to a second game, opened the scoring, before Danny Green quickly made it 2-0.

Kermorgant's free-kick killed the contest before the hour mark as the Championship side made smooth progress.

United were left to reflect on a night where they were not outplayed, but failed to create anything of real substance in the final third.

Oxford Mail:

  • Deane Smalley sets off on a run

It took almost 80 minutes before the hosts, who had thrillingly raced into a 2-0 lead in the first game, managed a shot on target as their cup run ended meekly.

Scott Davies and Josh Ruffels, impressive at The Valley, were restored to the starting line-up.

It meant United fielded the same side which began the first game between the sides, with the exception of Deane Smalley coming in for Tyrone Marsh up front.

The playing surface at the Kassam Stadium was much better than the mud bath at Charlton, but a rain shower before kick-off made the pitch greasy.

It contributed to an error-strewn first 30 minutes, as both sides repeatedly mis-placed simple passes.

The scrappy pattern of the game arguably suited the underdogs, who worked hard to put their visitors from the Championship under pressure.

It worked, but when they got the ball back United also struggled to do anything meaningful with it.

Oxford Mail:

  • Scott Davies heads for goal at the end of the first half

It was summed up on ten minutes when they forced three corners in succession. Two failed to beat the first man, while the third was caught by goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.

If anything, Charlton were even less impressive on the ball.

But ten minutes before the break a long, hopeful ball forward gave Charlton a chance. Simon Church held off Michael Raynes and teed up Kermorgant, whose low shot from 20 yards had just enough power to beat Ryan Clarke.

It came out of the blue and within two minutes they had taken a firm grip of the tie.

Their appeared little danger from a looping ball just inside the United half, but Church beat Raynes to it and suddenly found himself clear.

The striker advanced deep into the area, drawing Clarke out before squaring unselfishly to give Green the easiest of tap-ins.

It gave Charlton a swagger as they indulged in an extended bout of keep-ball to end the half, but United emerged after the break with purpose.

A bright spell saw them push the Addicks back, without seriously testing them.

Twice they engineered decent positions, but poor final balls from Davies and then Newey let the visitors off the hook.

Charlton responded by putting the tie beyond doubt just before the hour mark, when Kermorgant curled in a beauty of a free-kick.

It effectively ended any hope of a comeback and the game wound down noticeably in the final half hour.

It all means United will host Torquay United in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday, while Charlton progress to visit Huddersfield Town in the fourth round.

Oxford Utd (4-3-3): Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Wright, Newey, Davies, Mullins, Ruffels, Rigg, Constable, Smalley.

Subs used: Marsh (Constable 79), O'Dowda (Rigg 79).

Unused subs: Rose, Long, Lynn, Shama, Bevans.

Booked: Mullins.

Charlton (4-4-2): Alnwick, Wilson, Evina, Morrison, Dervite-Vaussoue, Green, Stephens (Poyet 81), Jackson, Harriott (Pritchard 68), Church, Kermorgant (Sordell 76).

Unused subs: Phillips, Wood, Lennon, Pigott.

Booked: None.

Attendance: 3,225 (583 visitors).

Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire).

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9:47pm Tue 21 Jan 14

adlibber says...

I know I said I don't mind going out of the cup but Wilder is completely delusional with where we are at this critical stage of the season. We are falling apart at the seams and Wilder just keeps repeating the same mistakes and regurgitating the same tedious clichés. I just don't have any faith in Wilder to get us out of this league. If we drop points against Torquay&Exeter Lenagan needs to look seriously at a rescue operation whilst there's still an outside chance of promotion.
I know I said I don't mind going out of the cup but Wilder is completely delusional with where we are at this critical stage of the season. We are falling apart at the seams and Wilder just keeps repeating the same mistakes and regurgitating the same tedious clichés. I just don't have any faith in Wilder to get us out of this league. If we drop points against Torquay&Exeter Lenagan needs to look seriously at a rescue operation whilst there's still an outside chance of promotion. adlibber
  • Score: 14

9:49pm Tue 21 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

'''''It took almost 80 minutes before the hosts, who had thrillingly raced into a 2-0 lead in the first game, managed a shot on target ''''

Fine reward for the two and a half thousand OUFC fans who paid up for tonight.
Much said about us finding money for another player, time to use any cash that's available to get rid of Wilder and start again.
'''''It took almost 80 minutes before the hosts, who had thrillingly raced into a 2-0 lead in the first game, managed a shot on target '''' Fine reward for the two and a half thousand OUFC fans who paid up for tonight. Much said about us finding money for another player, time to use any cash that's available to get rid of Wilder and start again. South Upper 87
  • Score: 13

10:21pm Tue 21 Jan 14

dorsetyellows says...

Oxford utd ready to finish off Charlton , really .
Poor v Plymouth , very poor v Scunthorpe , average v Pompey
Average v Wycombe , poor v Charlton .
Not exactly a top of the class report .
New teachers required especially in attacking football .
Oxford utd ready to finish off Charlton , really . Poor v Plymouth , very poor v Scunthorpe , average v Pompey Average v Wycombe , poor v Charlton . Not exactly a top of the class report . New teachers required especially in attacking football . dorsetyellows
  • Score: 16

10:46pm Tue 21 Jan 14

BigAlBiker says...

£20.50 to watch that rubbish????

Funniest thing all night was seeing Neil Lennon sat 10 yards from me in the directors box, he certainly didn't come to watch a football match that's for sure.

Ruffels and Mullins had good games, if Smalley is a striker my 80 year old mum could be on page 3, he must have some gossip on Donkey Wilder as he keeps picking him, Beano has one shot and gets subbed, at 3-0 down Donkey should have put Marsh, Sharma and O'Dowda on for Smalley, Rigg and pick one other, Rigg has lost his pace so has to be offloaded with Smalley.

Tactically Donkey is Cluless as I have been saying, Lenegan takes the mock with his pricing and not getting a striker from anywhere.

The home fans have to kept happy, this is not happening and if it does not buck up in the next few home games god only knows what the attendance will be.

Donkey Wilder out.
£20.50 to watch that rubbish???? Funniest thing all night was seeing Neil Lennon sat 10 yards from me in the directors box, he certainly didn't come to watch a football match that's for sure. Ruffels and Mullins had good games, if Smalley is a striker my 80 year old mum could be on page 3, he must have some gossip on Donkey Wilder as he keeps picking him, Beano has one shot and gets subbed, at 3-0 down Donkey should have put Marsh, Sharma and O'Dowda on for Smalley, Rigg and pick one other, Rigg has lost his pace so has to be offloaded with Smalley. Tactically Donkey is Cluless as I have been saying, Lenegan takes the mock with his pricing and not getting a striker from anywhere. The home fans have to kept happy, this is not happening and if it does not buck up in the next few home games god only knows what the attendance will be. Donkey Wilder out. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 17

11:02pm Tue 21 Jan 14

oldun says...

Unless we have a change of manager very soon then we will not make the top 3. - depressing .

Chris has had far too long and seems to have lost the plot.

I await the spin, fantasy and excuses in Chris' bit on here tomorrow
Unless we have a change of manager very soon then we will not make the top 3. - depressing . Chris has had far too long and seems to have lost the plot. I await the spin, fantasy and excuses in Chris' bit on here tomorrow oldun
  • Score: 9

11:09pm Tue 21 Jan 14

osney terrier says...

Thank you Charlton,Wycombe,Por
tsmouth and Scunthorpe for telling us exactly where where we are...... a mid table league 2 side
Having enjoyed the highs and lows of over 30 years,this team is not the worst,but where does the chairman see us?
We are tenants to a business man who owns the ground, on gates of 5,000ish,
Until we can buy the ground,this is where we are!
Thank you Charlton,Wycombe,Por tsmouth and Scunthorpe for telling us exactly where where we are...... a mid table league 2 side Having enjoyed the highs and lows of over 30 years,this team is not the worst,but where does the chairman see us? We are tenants to a business man who owns the ground, on gates of 5,000ish, Until we can buy the ground,this is where we are! osney terrier
  • Score: 12

6:55am Wed 22 Jan 14

dovepe says...

3rd round FA Cup 80 mins shot on goal under 3 thousand home fans
WILDER OUT!
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
3rd round FA Cup 80 mins shot on goal under 3 thousand home fans WILDER OUT! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! dovepe
  • Score: 12

7:30am Wed 22 Jan 14

oldun says...

dovepe wrote:
3rd round FA Cup 80 mins shot on goal under 3 thousand home fans
WILDER OUT!
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Hear , hear!
I have been one of Chris' biggest supporters

but he has taken us backwards since the promise of January 2012 .

Scraped up through the playoff lottery -

yes, yes, yes - we have had many much worse than him

- but he has had over a year too long.
[quote][p][bold]dovepe[/bold] wrote: 3rd round FA Cup 80 mins shot on goal under 3 thousand home fans WILDER OUT! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH![/p][/quote]Hear , hear! I have been one of Chris' biggest supporters but he has taken us backwards since the promise of January 2012 . Scraped up through the playoff lottery - yes, yes, yes - we have had many much worse than him - but he has had over a year too long. oldun
  • Score: 10

7:57am Wed 22 Jan 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Charlton were average, more than enough to beat a pathetic home team though. Sparse attendance, shot shy 'strikers' unmotivated mid-fielders dour defenders and situated in a concrete bunker, nice.
I hope Lenagan 'enjoyed' last night as much as the rest of us who were there.
Charlton were average, more than enough to beat a pathetic home team though. Sparse attendance, shot shy 'strikers' unmotivated mid-fielders dour defenders and situated in a concrete bunker, nice. I hope Lenagan 'enjoyed' last night as much as the rest of us who were there. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 10

9:04am Wed 22 Jan 14

learned says...

Having perservered for so long I have had enough.
No more for me.
Wilder as stayed too long and it doesn't look as though Lenegan wants to do anything about it.
The team needs several new players- surely get someone on loan before the end of January.
I have been saying it repeatedly. Smalley is useless. What does Wilder see in him !! A new striker to help out Constable.
Rigg has also been very poor and needs to go.
And the development players ? None are good enough- lightweight and no more than Conference standard.
Having perservered for so long I have had enough. No more for me. Wilder as stayed too long and it doesn't look as though Lenegan wants to do anything about it. The team needs several new players- surely get someone on loan before the end of January. I have been saying it repeatedly. Smalley is useless. What does Wilder see in him !! A new striker to help out Constable. Rigg has also been very poor and needs to go. And the development players ? None are good enough- lightweight and no more than Conference standard. learned
  • Score: 6

10:54am Wed 22 Jan 14

Doctor69 says...

No surprise with the result or poor performance. It's a home game, therefore expected. How depressing.

It does make me laugh that so many people now realise how poor we are. I know we were flying high earlier in the season, but let's be honest, the performances never matched the results!

As per usual, Wilder Out.
No surprise with the result or poor performance. It's a home game, therefore expected. How depressing. It does make me laugh that so many people now realise how poor we are. I know we were flying high earlier in the season, but let's be honest, the performances never matched the results! As per usual, Wilder Out. Doctor69
  • Score: 6

12:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

hammerthebarstewards says...

United just were not good enough on the night. They can take some pleasure in knowing that Charlton will have to travel all the way to Huddersfield just to get hammered in the next round, look at it this way Oxford Utd were never going to win the FA Cup this season and the small gate that would have been at Huddersfield v Oxford Utd would of hardly paid for the trip 'up North'!
United just were not good enough on the night. They can take some pleasure in knowing that Charlton will have to travel all the way to Huddersfield just to get hammered in the next round, look at it this way Oxford Utd were never going to win the FA Cup this season and the small gate that would have been at Huddersfield v Oxford Utd would of hardly paid for the trip 'up North'! hammerthebarstewards
  • Score: 4

1:31pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Manor Born says...

I've tried to have a more positive frame of mind this season - lord knows why - but enough is enough. We cannot continue to put in the same woeful performance at every home game. It is beyond a joke.

Last night was just pathetic. Spineless, toothless and gutless. We seemed to play as if we had lost the game from the start. Yes the first half hour was pretty even, but in that time we created nothing and gave a poor Charlton side time to settle into their stride and then take us apart with 3 simple goals.

The only thing noticeable about our response to Charlton's first goal was the lack of one. It wouldn't be so bad if it was a one-off, but it isn't, it is the same every time we play at home. Something needs to be done about it before the damage is irreparable and our season goes down the toilet once again.
I've tried to have a more positive frame of mind this season - lord knows why - but enough is enough. We cannot continue to put in the same woeful performance at every home game. It is beyond a joke. Last night was just pathetic. Spineless, toothless and gutless. We seemed to play as if we had lost the game from the start. Yes the first half hour was pretty even, but in that time we created nothing and gave a poor Charlton side time to settle into their stride and then take us apart with 3 simple goals. The only thing noticeable about our response to Charlton's first goal was the lack of one. It wouldn't be so bad if it was a one-off, but it isn't, it is the same every time we play at home. Something needs to be done about it before the damage is irreparable and our season goes down the toilet once again. Manor Born
  • Score: 9

3:45pm Wed 22 Jan 14

martico1 says...

For once I have to agree with virtually every word above. It was utterly depressing - apart from Josh Ruffels who gets better every time, and Johnny Mullins who is a class above most of those around him, and at least keeps trying Feel for Beano - he gets no service and spends the whole time scrapping for hopeful high balls with wrestling centre-backs : he didn't score those 100 goals playing like this..... Ty Marsh showed some movement and neat touches but was going to get nothing with Smalley alongside.

Yet again CW (of whom I have been a continuing fan) retreats into the dug-out when things go wrong, and seems unable to effect changes that work - nor does he give them time to. And his ignoring of subbed players as they come off is crass and unnecessary (he should have watched Chris Powell to see how it should be done). Suspect IL may not have started those new contract talks yet after all......
For once I have to agree with virtually every word above. It was utterly depressing - apart from Josh Ruffels who gets better every time, and Johnny Mullins who is a class above most of those around him, and at least keeps trying Feel for Beano - he gets no service and spends the whole time scrapping for hopeful high balls with wrestling centre-backs : he didn't score those 100 goals playing like this..... Ty Marsh showed some movement and neat touches but was going to get nothing with Smalley alongside. Yet again CW (of whom I have been a continuing fan) retreats into the dug-out when things go wrong, and seems unable to effect changes that work - nor does he give them time to. And his ignoring of subbed players as they come off is crass and unnecessary (he should have watched Chris Powell to see how it should be done). Suspect IL may not have started those new contract talks yet after all...... martico1
  • Score: 6

4:18pm Wed 22 Jan 14

dave from witney says...

martico1 said


Yet again CW (of whom I have been a continuing fan) retreats into the dug-out when things go wrong, and seems unable to effect changes that work - nor does he give them time to. And his ignoring of subbed players as they come off is crass and unnecessary (he should have watched Chris Powell to see how it should be done). Suspect IL may not have started those new contract talks yet after all......

Well Said.

Just shows that he has lost the 'dressing room', a new manager could with just a couple of extra players pick up the pieces and get us into the auto spots. Even though we have far too many average players, they are playing even lower than their actual skill level, a new man could well raise them to an acceptable level.
martico1 said Yet again CW (of whom I have been a continuing fan) retreats into the dug-out when things go wrong, and seems unable to effect changes that work - nor does he give them time to. And his ignoring of subbed players as they come off is crass and unnecessary (he should have watched Chris Powell to see how it should be done). Suspect IL may not have started those new contract talks yet after all...... Well Said. Just shows that he has lost the 'dressing room', a new manager could with just a couple of extra players pick up the pieces and get us into the auto spots. Even though we have far too many average players, they are playing even lower than their actual skill level, a new man could well raise them to an acceptable level. dave from witney
  • Score: 6

3:14pm Thu 23 Jan 14

horsham says...

Need a managerial change; this manager would get Oxford out of League 2, he has done it with four other teams: Micky Adams
Need a managerial change; this manager would get Oxford out of League 2, he has done it with four other teams: Micky Adams horsham
  • Score: 1

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