Oxford United fall to Clarke strike

Oxford United's Danny Hylton lets fly, but his shot was saved by Wolves keeper Aaron McCarey

Oxford United's Danny Hylton lets fly, but his shot was saved by Wolves keeper Aaron McCarey

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Oxford United 0

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

(Clarke 28)

Oxford United suffered their first setback of pre-season as Leon Clarke's strike gave Wolverhampton Wanderers a narrow victory at the Kassam Stadium.

The experienced striker fired home the only goal of a closely-contested game on 28 minutes.

Despite the League One champions fielding a youthful line-up, they were by far the strongest side United had faced in pre-season.

The hosts stood up well to the challenge and there were plenty of encouraging signs, but they clearly lacked firepower in the final third.

Michael Appleton, taking charge at the Kassam Stadium for the first time, started all four of United's summer signings.

George Long got the nod in goal, while Joe Riley began at right back 24 hours after signing.

Michael Collins played in midfield, with Danny Hylton leading the line up front.

United shaded a low-key start and created the first decent sight of goal on 17 minutes.

Hylton intelligently laid off a Tom Newey throw into the path of Danny Rose, who forced Wolves goalkeeper Aaron McCarey into a smart save with a right-footed volley.

But the hosts suffered a double blow midway through the half.

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Firstly they lost Mullins to an injury, which the centre back appeared to pick up earlier in the half, replaced by Jake Wright.

The skipper had barely been on the field a minute when Wolves opened the scoring.

Eusebio Bancessi stormed forward and slipped a pass into Clarke, who beat Long with a low shot.

It was a rare foray forward for the visitors, as United kept the ball well.

But, perhaps unsurprisingly given Appleton's desire to bring in two or three forwards, they lacked a cutting edge in the final third.

United did finish the half well, sparking into life as the floodlights belatedly came on.

McCarey spilled an effort from Callum O'Dowda, while on the stroke of half-time Hylton had an equaliser chalked off after Rose, who provided the cross, strayed offside.

Wolves were first to threaten after the break.

Long made a superb save to tip over a fierce first-time shot from James Henry.

Clear chances were at a premium for most of the half, as Wolves increasingly looked comfortable on the ball.

United got an injection of energy with a triple substitution on 74 minutes.

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Jon Meades, David Hunt and James Roberts were all quickly involved in a high-quality spell of passing football which opened up Wolves, who scrambled to concede a corner.

Wolves were pinned back in the closing stages, without McCarey being stretched as United were unable to find a way through before the final whistle.

They host Bournemouth in the final warm-up game this weekend, by which time they will hope to have some more options going forward.

Oxford Utd: G Long, Riley, Raynes, Mullins, Newey, Collins, Ruffels, Humphreys, Rose, O'Dowda, Hylton. Subs used: Wright (Mullins 27), Meades (Humphreys 74), Hunt (Riley 74), Roberts (Hylton 74), Shama (O'Dowda 80), Grant (Newey 89) Subs not used: Bevans, Crocombe, S Long, Ashby, Hawtin.

Wolverhampton Wand: McCarey, Foley, Ebanks-Landell, Iorfa, Ward, Davis, Price, Bancessi (Forde 61), Henry, Clarke, McAlinden. Unused subs: Weeks, O'Hanlon, Torras, Keita, Dutton.

Referee: John Busby.

Attendance: 2,727 (736 visitors).

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11:24pm Tue 29 Jul 14

BigAlBiker says...

Well I for one am a happy supporter, we passed the ball not hoofed it, we created space and I am enthused by this team, even the young lads coming on did well.

Collins looks good, Hylton tried and did well and Rose was awesome.

Let's hope Mullins is not to bad but I am extremely pleased so far.
Well I for one am a happy supporter, we passed the ball not hoofed it, we created space and I am enthused by this team, even the young lads coming on did well. Collins looks good, Hylton tried and did well and Rose was awesome. Let's hope Mullins is not to bad but I am extremely pleased so far. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 19

6:38am Wed 30 Jul 14

happyharryhardon says...

Sorry don't agree, now it's a friendly so can't moan too much, however wolves reserve team made us look poor. We created no chances at all and Hulton was awful. Not one shot on target, now doesn't that sound a lot like last season. We did pass the ball well in parts but wolves totally dominated the game, we offered nothing to be hopefully about.
Sorry don't agree, now it's a friendly so can't moan too much, however wolves reserve team made us look poor. We created no chances at all and Hulton was awful. Not one shot on target, now doesn't that sound a lot like last season. We did pass the ball well in parts but wolves totally dominated the game, we offered nothing to be hopefully about. happyharryhardon
  • Score: -18

8:03am Wed 30 Jul 14

Bumble08 says...

happyharryhardon wrote:
Sorry don't agree, now it's a friendly so can't moan too much, however wolves reserve team made us look poor. We created no chances at all and Hulton was awful. Not one shot on target, now doesn't that sound a lot like last season. We did pass the ball well in parts but wolves totally dominated the game, we offered nothing to be hopefully about.
I have never commented on other peoples post before as everybody is entitled to their opinion, but i'm sorry what game did you go to?

Wolves at no stage made us look poor and for a reserve team they still boasted two of the most wanted players by the premier league as well as 4 lads with premier league experience and a striker that we would chew our right arm off to have even if he is ex Swindon.

I thought Collins and Ruffles looked excellent in the middle for us last night, both wanted the ball and used it when they had it. Rose did a decent job upfront for us last night but I see that or maybe Whing as a really solid midfield 3 at the start of the season. The young lads didn't look out of place either and if we can keep the right back fit and Raynes out of the team we have a decent back 4.

Came home really positive that with a couple more additions and we all know that they need to be strikers than we could have a really good season with that style of play. Best style of football I have seen up there for years..

PS Rose Volley, Hyltons run and shot, O'dowda's run and shot, shall I go on.......
[quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Sorry don't agree, now it's a friendly so can't moan too much, however wolves reserve team made us look poor. We created no chances at all and Hulton was awful. Not one shot on target, now doesn't that sound a lot like last season. We did pass the ball well in parts but wolves totally dominated the game, we offered nothing to be hopefully about.[/p][/quote]I have never commented on other peoples post before as everybody is entitled to their opinion, but i'm sorry what game did you go to? Wolves at no stage made us look poor and for a reserve team they still boasted two of the most wanted players by the premier league as well as 4 lads with premier league experience and a striker that we would chew our right arm off to have even if he is ex Swindon. I thought Collins and Ruffles looked excellent in the middle for us last night, both wanted the ball and used it when they had it. Rose did a decent job upfront for us last night but I see that or maybe Whing as a really solid midfield 3 at the start of the season. The young lads didn't look out of place either and if we can keep the right back fit and Raynes out of the team we have a decent back 4. Came home really positive that with a couple more additions and we all know that they need to be strikers than we could have a really good season with that style of play. Best style of football I have seen up there for years.. PS Rose Volley, Hyltons run and shot, O'dowda's run and shot, shall I go on....... Bumble08
  • Score: 14

9:02am Wed 30 Jul 14

Manor Born says...

happyharryhardon wrote:
Sorry don't agree, now it's a friendly so can't moan too much, however wolves reserve team made us look poor. We created no chances at all and Hulton was awful. Not one shot on target, now doesn't that sound a lot like last season. We did pass the ball well in parts but wolves totally dominated the game, we offered nothing to be hopefully about.
Don't discourage Big Al from being positive. He's got a new-found enthusiasm, not sure if we should be scared or not though...
[quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Sorry don't agree, now it's a friendly so can't moan too much, however wolves reserve team made us look poor. We created no chances at all and Hulton was awful. Not one shot on target, now doesn't that sound a lot like last season. We did pass the ball well in parts but wolves totally dominated the game, we offered nothing to be hopefully about.[/p][/quote]Don't discourage Big Al from being positive. He's got a new-found enthusiasm, not sure if we should be scared or not though... Manor Born
  • Score: 4

9:04am Wed 30 Jul 14

South Upper 87 says...

Bumble08 wrote:
happyharryhardon wrote:
Sorry don't agree, now it's a friendly so can't moan too much, however wolves reserve team made us look poor. We created no chances at all and Hulton was awful. Not one shot on target, now doesn't that sound a lot like last season. We did pass the ball well in parts but wolves totally dominated the game, we offered nothing to be hopefully about.
I have never commented on other peoples post before as everybody is entitled to their opinion, but i'm sorry what game did you go to?

Wolves at no stage made us look poor and for a reserve team they still boasted two of the most wanted players by the premier league as well as 4 lads with premier league experience and a striker that we would chew our right arm off to have even if he is ex Swindon.

I thought Collins and Ruffles looked excellent in the middle for us last night, both wanted the ball and used it when they had it. Rose did a decent job upfront for us last night but I see that or maybe Whing as a really solid midfield 3 at the start of the season. The young lads didn't look out of place either and if we can keep the right back fit and Raynes out of the team we have a decent back 4.

Came home really positive that with a couple more additions and we all know that they need to be strikers than we could have a really good season with that style of play. Best style of football I have seen up there for years..

PS Rose Volley, Hyltons run and shot, O'dowda's run and shot, shall I go on.......
Good comments really, we all know that strikers are needed take that out of the equation and we looked pretty good and moved the ball around well. I thought O'Dowda had a good game he has come on well since last year. Felt a bit sorry for Hylton he worked hard on his own against a defender who gave home little space. Did what he could without ever complaining to the ref, which made a change to see ! All in all a good night and promising start.
[quote][p][bold]Bumble08[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]happyharryhardon[/bold] wrote: Sorry don't agree, now it's a friendly so can't moan too much, however wolves reserve team made us look poor. We created no chances at all and Hulton was awful. Not one shot on target, now doesn't that sound a lot like last season. We did pass the ball well in parts but wolves totally dominated the game, we offered nothing to be hopefully about.[/p][/quote]I have never commented on other peoples post before as everybody is entitled to their opinion, but i'm sorry what game did you go to? Wolves at no stage made us look poor and for a reserve team they still boasted two of the most wanted players by the premier league as well as 4 lads with premier league experience and a striker that we would chew our right arm off to have even if he is ex Swindon. I thought Collins and Ruffles looked excellent in the middle for us last night, both wanted the ball and used it when they had it. Rose did a decent job upfront for us last night but I see that or maybe Whing as a really solid midfield 3 at the start of the season. The young lads didn't look out of place either and if we can keep the right back fit and Raynes out of the team we have a decent back 4. Came home really positive that with a couple more additions and we all know that they need to be strikers than we could have a really good season with that style of play. Best style of football I have seen up there for years.. PS Rose Volley, Hyltons run and shot, O'dowda's run and shot, shall I go on.......[/p][/quote]Good comments really, we all know that strikers are needed take that out of the equation and we looked pretty good and moved the ball around well. I thought O'Dowda had a good game he has come on well since last year. Felt a bit sorry for Hylton he worked hard on his own against a defender who gave home little space. Did what he could without ever complaining to the ref, which made a change to see ! All in all a good night and promising start. South Upper 87
  • Score: 9

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