Oxford United must try again after cup cracker

Oxford Mail: Scott Davies slides towards the Oxford fans to celebrate his goal which put them 2-0 up at Charlton Scott Davies slides towards the Oxford fans to celebrate his goal which put them 2-0 up at Charlton

A PROUD Chris Wilder admitted there was more than a tinge of disappointment as Oxford United were pegged back late on to draw 2-2 away to Charlton in the FA Cup last night.

Goals from Johnny Mullins and Scott Davies gave the underdogs a sensational 2-0 lead at the break.

United adjusted to an awful playing surface faster than their hosts, but Charlton got back in the game when Michael Morrison headed home at a corner eight minutes after the break.

A flash of quality seven minutes from time earned the Addicks a third-round replay at the Kassam Stadium next Tuesday, when Yann Kermorgant volleyed home.

Wilder took heart from his side’s gutsy display, but the mood in the dressing room afterwards was bitter-sweet.

The United manager said: “There are a lot of disappointed, tired bodies in there.

“I thought we adapted well to the conditions in the first half and got our noses in front.

“We’re a bit disappointed with the manner of their first goal, which gave them en-ough time to really put us on the back foot.”

He added: “Charlton are going to have to come and have another go at us again and we’ll be up for the battle.”

The game had been postponed twice due to a waterlogged pitch and despite more than a week of intense effort by the ground staff, The Valley was only just playable.

Wilder felt the conditions suited Sky Bet League Two United more than Championship Charlton, but praised the way a changed line-up dealt with the challenge.

He said: “I’m not daft. It was a leveller for us in terms of the quality that Charlton would usually produce, as they did at the start of the season when they played us.

“We managed to make a tie of it, which we wanted to do.”

Davies, who scored one and set up the opener on a rare start, described the playing surface as “atrocious”, and if anything, was more deflated than Wilder.

He said: “If someone had said to us before the game we would get a 2-2 draw, I think we would’ve taken it.

“But with the circumstances we had at half-time, it’s very disappointing and feels almost like a defeat.”

 

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12:06pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Eraser says...

Given our current home form I am disgusted that the ticket prices are not being reduced. No chance of a big crowd at twice the price of the away fixture.
Given our current home form I am disgusted that the ticket prices are not being reduced. No chance of a big crowd at twice the price of the away fixture. Eraser

5:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Manor Born says...

Shocking decision by the club to stick to normal ticket prices for the replay. However in the club's defence, both clubs have to agree to the pricing - so maybe it is Charlton who didn't want cheaper ticket prices? Alternatively OUFC are so embarrassed by the home form, they actually do not want people to turn up.

January is a long, hard month and many people have little spare money to budget for an extra game. Common sense has sadly been lacking here.
Shocking decision by the club to stick to normal ticket prices for the replay. However in the club's defence, both clubs have to agree to the pricing - so maybe it is Charlton who didn't want cheaper ticket prices? Alternatively OUFC are so embarrassed by the home form, they actually do not want people to turn up. January is a long, hard month and many people have little spare money to budget for an extra game. Common sense has sadly been lacking here. Manor Born

5:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Eraser says...

It looks like the powers that be have written us off and are hoping for a windfall from Charlton fans - as they have given them the entire North Stand (5,000 tickets).
I would have parted with £20 for one adult, one child and a senior - but not £42 - Now the wanna be fat cats get a big fat zero from me...
It looks like the powers that be have written us off and are hoping for a windfall from Charlton fans - as they have given them the entire North Stand (5,000 tickets). I would have parted with £20 for one adult, one child and a senior - but not £42 - Now the wanna be fat cats get a big fat zero from me... Eraser

6:03pm Wed 15 Jan 14

South Upper 87 says...

Eraser wrote:
Given our current home form I am disgusted that the ticket prices are not being reduced. No chance of a big crowd at twice the price of the away fixture.
The club are certainly not trying to attract any casual fans to turn up are they?. At £20.50 for an advance upper south seat, they certainly won't be attracting many season ticket holders like me either. As former comments have stated, a crazy decision, this has already been objected to by Charlton Supporters Club and can only reduce the amount the club will pocket with the game.
[quote][p][bold]Eraser[/bold] wrote: Given our current home form I am disgusted that the ticket prices are not being reduced. No chance of a big crowd at twice the price of the away fixture.[/p][/quote]The club are certainly not trying to attract any casual fans to turn up are they?. At £20.50 for an advance upper south seat, they certainly won't be attracting many season ticket holders like me either. As former comments have stated, a crazy decision, this has already been objected to by Charlton Supporters Club and can only reduce the amount the club will pocket with the game. South Upper 87

6:25pm Wed 15 Jan 14

oxford exile says...

mick brown never ever learns..shortsighted as ever
mick brown never ever learns..shortsighted as ever oxford exile

7:29pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Joe1 says...

Why O why can't we play like this at Home?
It really must be that "K---------M" stadium curse.
We could be so far ahead in this League had we played well at Home.
Such a shame.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
Why O why can't we play like this at Home? It really must be that "K---------M" stadium curse. We could be so far ahead in this League had we played well at Home. Such a shame. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1

10:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

dorsetyellows says...

Let the youth team play at the kassam . Lets play
Charlton on the worse non League pitch
In Oxfordshire with small stadium and a tea lady,
Let the youth team play at the kassam . Lets play Charlton on the worse non League pitch In Oxfordshire with small stadium and a tea lady, dorsetyellows

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