Oxford United finish pre-season with defeat to Bournemouth

Danny Rose equalises for United with his delightful chipped shot

Danny Rose equalises for United with his delightful chipped shot

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Oxford Utd 1

(Rose 22)

Bournemouth 4

(Stanislas 18, Wilson 44, pen 77, 88)

A superb finish from Danny Rose was in vain as Oxford United completed their pre-season fixtures with a 4-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth.

Junior Stanislas put the Championship side in front with a free-kick, but Rose quickly levelled with a classy run and shot.

Bournemouth edged ahead through Callum Wilson on the stroke of half-time, with the home side complaining of offside.

And the striker finished with a hat-trick as he claimed two late goals, one from the penalty spot.

It left United on the end of a tough scoreline one week before the campaign kicks off at home to Burton Albion.

A combination of roadworks and torrential rain held up Bournemouth's team bus, delaying kick-off by 15 minutes.

But when the game did begin, the visitors were quickest out of the blocks.

Injuries ruled out Jake Wright and Johnny Mullins, so David Hunt was drafted in as a centre back.

He misjudged a through ball to allow the first chance of the game, but George Long came out to force Wilson into a hurried decision which saw the striker poke the ball wide.

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It was the first of three attacks which the on-loan goalkeeper snuffed out by racing out of his penalty area inside the opening ten minutes.

United still looked short of options in the final third, but did create more than in the 1-0 defeat to Wolves in midweek.

Hylton headed just wide with their first sight of goal on ten minutes after a fantastic cross from Joe Riley.

Bournemouth looked more threatening, though, and Wilson should have finished a low Stanislas cross on 14 minutes, but blasted into the East Stand.

The reprieve only lasted four minutes for the home side, who fell behind from a set piece.

Tom Newey fouled Ryan Fraser 20 yards out and Stanislas curled a shot over the wall which beat Long.

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But within four minutes United were level thanks to a moment of real quality from Rose.

The midfielder won the ball on the edge of the Bournemouth box and beat another defender before chipping a wonderful finish over goalkeeper Benji Buchel.

There was little to choose between the sides for the rest of the half, as United looked to match their slick opponents with some bright passages of possession.

Neither goalkeeper was tested until the stroke of half-time, when the Cherries retook the lead.

Wilson ran on to a through ball which left United, and Newey in particular, appealing for an offside flag which never arrived and the striker coolly slotted past Long.

The hosts were fuming, but came within inches of levelling two minutes into the second half.

Riley, impressive going forward, fizzed in a low cross which was just out of reach for a sliding Hylton.

It was not long before United head coach Michael Appleton began to shuffle his pack.

The first substitute, Sam Long, quickly made a key intervention to prevent a certain goal, reacting quickly to deflect Yann Kermorgant's shot over the bar.

Further changes followed as the game began to lose its flow.

James Roberts, Callum O'Dowda and Josh Ruffels added energy, but Buchel's biggest worry was when he scrambled to prevent an own goal when Hunt's cross was diverted by a Cherries defender.

With 11 minutes remaining the visitors made sure of the victory.

Sam Long was penalised for a handball in the box and Wilson tucked away the penalty with little fuss for his second goal of the afternoon.

The striker rounded off his hat-trick two minutes from time, springing the offside trap to score at the second attempt.

Oxford Utd: G Long, Riley (S Long 56), Raynes, Hunt, Newey, Collins, Meades (Ruffels 65), Potter (Shama 77), Rose, Brown (O'Dowda 66), Hylton (Roberts 66). Subs not used: Crocombe, Grant.

Bournemouth: Buchel, Smith, Muleba, Cook, Daniels, Stanislas (Wakefield 74), Gosling (Carmichael 84), Fraser (Walsh 74), McQuoid, Wilson (Basseli 89), Kermorgant. Sub not used: Kay.

Referee: G Scott (Abingdon).

Attendance: 1,165 (124 visitors).

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5:25pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Joe1 says...

Apart from the goal scored by Rose, we were far too light up front. The fact that both senior Centre Backs were missing did not help playing against a higher Div team. It was men against the Boys.
We really need to bring in at least two decent forwards before the Season starts. More investment?
Apart from the goal scored by Rose, we were far too light up front. The fact that both senior Centre Backs were missing did not help playing against a higher Div team. It was men against the Boys. We really need to bring in at least two decent forwards before the Season starts. More investment? Joe1
  • Score: 13

5:27pm Sat 2 Aug 14

dorsetyellows says...

It has taken afcbournmouth some serious investment in their playing staff and coaching set up to now play at championship level . Oxford will
have to do the same if they wish to succeed , otherwise it's the same old
Oxford IMO . They ran rings round Eastleigh and beano never got a sniff the other night . Where are our goals coming from this season ? COYY
It has taken afcbournmouth some serious investment in their playing staff and coaching set up to now play at championship level . Oxford will have to do the same if they wish to succeed , otherwise it's the same old Oxford IMO . They ran rings round Eastleigh and beano never got a sniff the other night . Where are our goals coming from this season ? COYY dorsetyellows
  • Score: 9

5:44pm Sat 2 Aug 14

dave from witney says...

dorsetyellows wrote:
It has taken afcbournmouth some serious investment in their playing staff and coaching set up to now play at championship level . Oxford will
have to do the same if they wish to succeed , otherwise it's the same old
Oxford IMO . They ran rings round Eastleigh and beano never got a sniff the other night . Where are our goals coming from this season ? COYY
Signing promised for Monday morning by Radio Ox this afternoon
[quote][p][bold]dorsetyellows[/bold] wrote: It has taken afcbournmouth some serious investment in their playing staff and coaching set up to now play at championship level . Oxford will have to do the same if they wish to succeed , otherwise it's the same old Oxford IMO . They ran rings round Eastleigh and beano never got a sniff the other night . Where are our goals coming from this season ? COYY[/p][/quote]Signing promised for Monday morning by Radio Ox this afternoon dave from witney
  • Score: 6

6:47pm Sat 2 Aug 14

New Manor rename says...

Some encouraging moments but agree with 1st point, 2 strikers needed ASAP
Some encouraging moments but agree with 1st point, 2 strikers needed ASAP New Manor rename
  • Score: 3

7:32pm Sat 2 Aug 14

happyharryhardon says...

Strange I said the same things on here you are all saying after the wolves game and everyone said I was talking rubbish.
Strange I said the same things on here you are all saying after the wolves game and everyone said I was talking rubbish. happyharryhardon
  • Score: -3

10:47pm Sat 2 Aug 14

willowsj says...

Yes, today's result, on paper, doesn't look good but it's always difficult regarding how much to read into pre season games.

It's now a given, we desperately lacked firepower upfront. Hylton looked lazy at times and isolated and in Appelton's 4-2-3-1 with a lone striker, that striker needs to be able to hold his own against both opposition CBs. But hopefully this issue will be resolved beginning of next week.

Elsewhere, Long looked commanding at the back and Neuer-esque at times. Riley also offers decent support going forward. For me, though, the most promising thing out of the game were the performances of Meades and Collins who, for portions of the game, dominated the midfield with both of them comfortable in possession.

Finally, you have to give Brown the benefit of the doubt as he's severely lacking match fitness but today he was poor, has to be said. Potter looked much better in the number 10 position but can't help but feel if he plays centrally we don't have much in terms of widemen.

Overall, definitely some positives to take from the game but equally today underlines the importance of this week in terms of players coming in.
Yes, today's result, on paper, doesn't look good but it's always difficult regarding how much to read into pre season games. It's now a given, we desperately lacked firepower upfront. Hylton looked lazy at times and isolated and in Appelton's 4-2-3-1 with a lone striker, that striker needs to be able to hold his own against both opposition CBs. But hopefully this issue will be resolved beginning of next week. Elsewhere, Long looked commanding at the back and Neuer-esque at times. Riley also offers decent support going forward. For me, though, the most promising thing out of the game were the performances of Meades and Collins who, for portions of the game, dominated the midfield with both of them comfortable in possession. Finally, you have to give Brown the benefit of the doubt as he's severely lacking match fitness but today he was poor, has to be said. Potter looked much better in the number 10 position but can't help but feel if he plays centrally we don't have much in terms of widemen. Overall, definitely some positives to take from the game but equally today underlines the importance of this week in terms of players coming in. willowsj
  • Score: 5

8:25am Sun 3 Aug 14

ozzie67 says...

we have struggled for a number of years to score lots of goals whch puts pressure on the defence.a combination of strikers ie Hamilton and John Aldrige is needed but the board are reluctant to invest in the nessasary requirements.
we have struggled for a number of years to score lots of goals whch puts pressure on the defence.a combination of strikers ie Hamilton and John Aldrige is needed but the board are reluctant to invest in the nessasary requirements. ozzie67
  • Score: -3

11:20am Sun 3 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

Friendlies are not a useful guide for our season. What matters is that we get a confident start and we'll only get that if we have enough firepower to score goals and at present we're not well blessed. The board need to stop making promises and start making purchases otherwise it'll just be Kassam's ghost.

The new shirt is dreadful with that cheap tacky logo and it'll subject the club to ridicule from our rivals. I don't think the new board understand branding,design or style but I hope they get substance because we need it if we are to move upwards.
Friendlies are not a useful guide for our season. What matters is that we get a confident start and we'll only get that if we have enough firepower to score goals and at present we're not well blessed. The board need to stop making promises and start making purchases otherwise it'll just be Kassam's ghost. The new shirt is dreadful with that cheap tacky logo and it'll subject the club to ridicule from our rivals. I don't think the new board understand branding,design or style but I hope they get substance because we need it if we are to move upwards. Oxokuba
  • Score: -9

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