Oxford United delighted at Bradford win, but news of Ryan Clarke injury sours success

Oxford Mail: n ON A HIGH: Peter Leven celebrates his late penalty with Oxford teammate Liam Davis as the U’s record a 2-1 win at Bradford to make it eight successive npower League Two games unbeaten n ON A HIGH: Peter Leven celebrates his late penalty with Oxford teammate Liam Davis as the U’s record a 2-1 win at Bradford to make it eight successive npower League Two games unbeaten

CHRIS Wilder hailed a magnificent performance from his Oxford United players as they came from behind to clinch a victory at Bradford City.

But the ecstasy of the 2-1 win, sealed by a stoppage time penalty from Peter Leven, was tempered by the news Ryan Clarke could miss the rest of the season.

The goalkeeper needs operations on both shoulders, which are expected to keep him out for a minimum of ten weeks.

Clarke’s replacement, Wayne Brown, was culpable for Bradford’s early goal, following a disastrous mix-up with Michael Duberry.

But Sean Rigg’s spectacular equaliser and Leven’s spot-kick sunk the Bantams, who had beaten Premiership side Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg four days earlier.

Wilder felt the effects of the midweek game may have helped the U’s, but had nothing but praise for his side, who lined up in an unfamiliar 3-4-3 formation.

The United manager said: “Maybe we took advantage of a few tired legs in the second half, but I don’t want to take anything away from my players.

“I thought we were brave with the formation. It was a big decision by the coaching staff, but the players are the ones who have to go out and take it on and they did so magnificently.”

It was United’s fourth league success in a row, the club’s best run for more than three years.

It lifted them up to 12th place, just two points below the play-off places with a game in hand on most of the sides above them.

“I’ve said all along when we got our best players out on the pitch and into a bit of consistency, then we’d win games,” Wilder said.

However, the news on Clarke took a slight edge off the victory.

Scans have shown there is a problem, but the full extent will not be know until the surgery.

Wilder said: “Obviously you can’t do it on them at the same time so he needs one done and then the other one.

“There’s significant damage, but we’ll only find out how much once the (surgeon) goes right in.

“I should imagine that it will take ten weeks, if we can get him back (this season) brilliant, but if not we’ll have to see where we are.”

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12:19pm Mon 14 Jan 13

BigAlBiker says...

Englands No1 keeper out for ten weeks is not good at all, Wayne Brown might be a good coach but he was responsible for Bradfords goal on Saturday, Max Crocombe is a prospect but in reality not up to it yet, time to get a decent keeper in, David James might be useful to us?
Englands No1 keeper out for ten weeks is not good at all, Wayne Brown might be a good coach but he was responsible for Bradfords goal on Saturday, Max Crocombe is a prospect but in reality not up to it yet, time to get a decent keeper in, David James might be useful to us? BigAlBiker

2:33pm Mon 14 Jan 13

dorsetyellows says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Englands No1 keeper out for ten weeks is not good at all, Wayne Brown might be a good coach but he was responsible for Bradfords goal on Saturday, Max Crocombe is a prospect but in reality not up to it yet, time to get a decent keeper in, David James might be useful to us?
David James is currently Bournemouths no 1 , their no 2 Shwan Jalal is a very good keeper and has been on the bench , even out of favour last season as was unhappy with new contract , and I have read Bournemouth are looking at signing a young keeper from Leyton orient who is one for the future !
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Englands No1 keeper out for ten weeks is not good at all, Wayne Brown might be a good coach but he was responsible for Bradfords goal on Saturday, Max Crocombe is a prospect but in reality not up to it yet, time to get a decent keeper in, David James might be useful to us?[/p][/quote]David James is currently Bournemouths no 1 , their no 2 Shwan Jalal is a very good keeper and has been on the bench , even out of favour last season as was unhappy with new contract , and I have read Bournemouth are looking at signing a young keeper from Leyton orient who is one for the future ! dorsetyellows

4:05pm Mon 14 Jan 13

oldun says...

Roy B - where are you? Seriously we must sign a keeper of good league two standard (ideally better than that). Youngster from Championship side?
Roy B - where are you? Seriously we must sign a keeper of good league two standard (ideally better than that). Youngster from Championship side? oldun

4:57pm Mon 14 Jan 13

BigAlBiker says...

Lets hope Ryan is already a week into his recovery and the club have not pontificated around "thinking" they have known about this for a while so let's hope the first of the procedures has already been done, but I doubt it.
Lets hope Ryan is already a week into his recovery and the club have not pontificated around "thinking" they have known about this for a while so let's hope the first of the procedures has already been done, but I doubt it. BigAlBiker

4:57pm Mon 14 Jan 13

BigAlBiker says...

Lets hope Ryan is already a week into his recovery and the club have not pontificated around "thinking" they have known about this for a while so let's hope the first of the procedures has already been done, but I doubt it.
Lets hope Ryan is already a week into his recovery and the club have not pontificated around "thinking" they have known about this for a while so let's hope the first of the procedures has already been done, but I doubt it. BigAlBiker

12:41pm Tue 15 Jan 13

bigchet says...

i hope that wayne brown can fill the gk position , but his schoolboy howler on sat does not inspire confidence and i hope he will prove me wrong and cw has faith in him and has known him for a long time so we will see. i think there is a real need for league clubs in the south to set up a reserve league on the lines of the old combination, it was a good way to bring young players through and ease players back after injury and most of the games were very entertaining with a blend of first teamers, reserves and youth players, i can remember going to elm park to watch utd reserves in a night match and when stfc res visited the manor they would bring some diehard fansalso.
i hope that wayne brown can fill the gk position , but his schoolboy howler on sat does not inspire confidence and i hope he will prove me wrong and cw has faith in him and has known him for a long time so we will see. i think there is a real need for league clubs in the south to set up a reserve league on the lines of the old combination, it was a good way to bring young players through and ease players back after injury and most of the games were very entertaining with a blend of first teamers, reserves and youth players, i can remember going to elm park to watch utd reserves in a night match and when stfc res visited the manor they would bring some diehard fansalso. bigchet

2:05pm Tue 15 Jan 13

oldun says...

In the 60s, I remember average crowds of 2000 plus for the reserves - and about 8000 turning up for a match with a Spurs side which included a very young Souness . That match did not have first team cup vouchers attached to it - some which attracted big crowds did so
In the 60s, I remember average crowds of 2000 plus for the reserves - and about 8000 turning up for a match with a Spurs side which included a very young Souness . That match did not have first team cup vouchers attached to it - some which attracted big crowds did so oldun

6:05pm Tue 15 Jan 13

BigAlBiker says...

I used to attend all the reserved games over at Didcot and see the up and coming players plus others getting back to fitness, Tyrone Marsh is one I have been talking about for two years etc, we have others but with no reserve games for us to go and watch then both the fans and the players are left out in the cold.
I used to attend all the reserved games over at Didcot and see the up and coming players plus others getting back to fitness, Tyrone Marsh is one I have been talking about for two years etc, we have others but with no reserve games for us to go and watch then both the fans and the players are left out in the cold. BigAlBiker

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