Oxford United 0, Newport County 0

Oxford Mail: Oxford's Ryan Williams goes on a run as James Constable looks back Oxford's Ryan Williams goes on a run as James Constable looks back

SKYBET LEAGUE TWO

OXFORD United were unable to make it two home wins in four days as they were held to a goalless draw by stubborn Newport County tonight.

The home side's best chance was wasted by James Constable early on and from there they produced a disjointed performance.

Newport came with a game plan to frustrate their opponents and after surviving a couple of early scares, they pulled it off.

It was a night where for the first time United badly missed the attacking players who are in the treatment room.

Without the likes of Alfie Potter, Deane Smalley and Sean Rigg the home side had limited firepower to change the game from the bench.

With several of their rivals at the top dropping points, a draw was far from a disaster, but United may see this as a missed opportunity.

Josh Ruffels came in for the first league start of his career, replacing the injured Rigg in the only change to the starting line-up from Saturday's 3-0 win over Morecambe.

The league leaders made a decent start and some fans were celebrating a goal inside five minutes.

Danny Rose's free-kick eventually fell to Michael Raynes, but his stabbed shot went the wrong side of the post, deceiving a section of the South Stand.

Within 60 seconds an even clearer chance arrived when Ryan Williams forced an error from Adejeyi Oshilaja.

The ball ran to an unmarked Constable 20 yards out, but the striker fluffed his lines with a shot which trickled to a relieved Lenny Pidgeley in goal.

After spurning two presentable chances, United lost their impetus as they were guilty of giving the ball away too cheaply.

Newport strung five across the back and were tough to break down.

They had won just once away in the league this season and looked to disrupt United by taking their time whenever the ball ran dead.

A picky referee did not help the spectacle, which quickly grew scrappy.

Going forward Newport forced a couple of nervous moments in United's defence without troubling goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, making his 200th start for the club.

Adam Chapman, who, along with Harry Worley, was returning to his former employers, had a shooting chance on the half hour mark, but his wild finish landed in the car park.

United stirred themselves late in the half, with Constable twice missing the target after getting on the end of set pieces from David Hunt and Rose.

The interval did little to improve the quality of the game and when it began, the second half continued along a similar pattern.

United increasingly tried to force openings, but Newport were able to keep them at arm's length.

The evening was summed up on the hour when Raynes caught a shot sweetly, only to see it blocked by Constable.

Some inspiration was needed and U's boss Chris Wilder turned to Callum O'Dowda.

The teenager replaced Ruffels, who had struggled to make an impact on the left flank.

But, if anything, proceedings deteriorated further as the game was broken up by even more fouls.

United pushed for a winner, but were almost undone on the break five minutes from time.

A hopeful punt forward ended up with Christian Jolley, who unleashed a shot which beat Clarke but grazed the crossbar.

Five minutes were added on, giving faint hope of late drama, but there was no resounding climax as the spoils were shared.

Oxford Utd (4-4-1-1): Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Mullins, Newey, Williams, Hall, Rose, Ruffels, Kitson, Constable Subs used: O'Dowda (Ruffels 67). Unused subs: Crocombe, Long, Davies, Marsh, Lynn, Bevans, O'Dowda. Booked: Williams, Rose, O'Dowda.

Newport (5-3-2): Pidgeley, Jackson, Ohshilaja, Worley, Yakubu, Willmott, Chapman, Crow (Barker 67), Minshull (Naylor 72), Jolley, Washington. Unused subs: Pipe, Hughes, Sandell, Jones, Flynn Booked: Oshilaja, Crow, Worley, Chapman.

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

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9:45pm Tue 26 Nov 13

oldun says...

Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.
Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters. oldun

10:30pm Tue 26 Nov 13

hawkeye1 says...

Well, we had the chance to open a bit of a gap at the top, but blew it.
Well, we had the chance to open a bit of a gap at the top, but blew it. hawkeye1

7:49am Wed 27 Nov 13

South Upper 87 says...

Constable having one of his off days, could not hit a cow's backside all night, and the only other recognised striker is kept on the bench all night.
Constable having one of his off days, could not hit a cow's backside all night, and the only other recognised striker is kept on the bench all night. South Upper 87

8:13am Wed 27 Nov 13

BigAlBiker says...

Ref rubbish, team not much better, Newport are fairies falling over, and Tyrone bench warming again, WHY!!!!!

We need some size in this division, Williams, O'Dowda, Ruffles etc get knocked off the ball to easy.
Ref rubbish, team not much better, Newport are fairies falling over, and Tyrone bench warming again, WHY!!!!! We need some size in this division, Williams, O'Dowda, Ruffles etc get knocked off the ball to easy. BigAlBiker

9:28am Wed 27 Nov 13

87oufc says...

Why did we hear only the Newport fans sing all night?

Please downvote this comment, like you do with all the comments that have some sort of logical and validity to them.
Why did we hear only the Newport fans sing all night? Please downvote this comment, like you do with all the comments that have some sort of logical and validity to them. 87oufc

12:44pm Wed 27 Nov 13

onthebench says...

I thought it was a pretty decent performance that just lacked a goal. However, I cannot find the words to describe the referee. I truly believe he got over half of all his decisions wrong. He blew his whistle like some five year old at a kiddies party - if anyone sneezed it was a free kick. Had he been blindfolded he would have had more chance to have got his decisions correct. Talking of which - were the matchday sponsors also blindfolded or did thay just stay in the bar? Newey man of the match!!!! Do me a Rod Laver!
I thought it was a pretty decent performance that just lacked a goal. However, I cannot find the words to describe the referee. I truly believe he got over half of all his decisions wrong. He blew his whistle like some five year old at a kiddies party - if anyone sneezed it was a free kick. Had he been blindfolded he would have had more chance to have got his decisions correct. Talking of which - were the matchday sponsors also blindfolded or did thay just stay in the bar? Newey man of the match!!!! Do me a Rod Laver! onthebench

12:53pm Thu 28 Nov 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.
oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!!
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.[/p][/quote]oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!! OUFC 4 EVA

1:03pm Thu 28 Nov 13

oldun says...

OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.
oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!!
Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.[/p][/quote]oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!![/p][/quote]Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it? oldun

5:04pm Thu 28 Nov 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.
oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!!
Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?
blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh
y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.[/p][/quote]oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!![/p][/quote]Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?[/p][/quote]blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on OUFC 4 EVA

5:39pm Thu 28 Nov 13

oldun says...

OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.
oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!!
Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?
blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh

y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on
Thank you - I am off to my very interesting and very fortunate life - I do hope yours is too. Is it?
[quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.[/p][/quote]oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!![/p][/quote]Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?[/p][/quote]blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on[/p][/quote]Thank you - I am off to my very interesting and very fortunate life - I do hope yours is too. Is it? oldun

12:16pm Fri 29 Nov 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.
oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!!
Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?
blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on
Thank you - I am off to my very interesting and very fortunate life - I do hope yours is too. Is it?
blah blah interesting blah blah top 3 blah blah life blah blah sell beano blah blah division 4 blah blah my name's old one and i'm a boring old lady with nothing better to do blah blah
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.[/p][/quote]oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!![/p][/quote]Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?[/p][/quote]blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on[/p][/quote]Thank you - I am off to my very interesting and very fortunate life - I do hope yours is too. Is it?[/p][/quote]blah blah interesting blah blah top 3 blah blah life blah blah sell beano blah blah division 4 blah blah my name's old one and i'm a boring old lady with nothing better to do blah blah OUFC 4 EVA

12:22pm Fri 29 Nov 13

oldun says...

OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.
oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!!
Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?
blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on
Thank you - I am off to my very interesting and very fortunate life - I do hope yours is too. Is it?
blah blah interesting blah blah top 3 blah blah life blah blah sell beano blah blah division 4 blah blah my name's old one and i'm a boring old lady with nothing better to do blah blah
That remark is not worthy of a pleasant guy like you. Have a great day
[quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.[/p][/quote]oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!![/p][/quote]Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?[/p][/quote]blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on[/p][/quote]Thank you - I am off to my very interesting and very fortunate life - I do hope yours is too. Is it?[/p][/quote]blah blah interesting blah blah top 3 blah blah life blah blah sell beano blah blah division 4 blah blah my name's old one and i'm a boring old lady with nothing better to do blah blah[/p][/quote]That remark is not worthy of a pleasant guy like you. Have a great day oldun

4:39pm Fri 29 Nov 13

OUFC 4 EVA says...

oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote:
OUFC 4 EVA wrote:
oldun wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.
oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!!
Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?
blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on
Thank you - I am off to my very interesting and very fortunate life - I do hope yours is too. Is it?
blah blah interesting blah blah top 3 blah blah life blah blah sell beano blah blah division 4 blah blah my name's old one and i'm a boring old lady with nothing better to do blah blah
That remark is not worthy of a pleasant guy like you. Have a great day
blah blah remark blah blah great day blah blah top 3 blah blah div 4 blah blah sell beano blah blah play-off lottery blah blah lady old one does it again blah blah
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OUFC 4 EVA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Pity we didn't trouble their keeper - much better next time. Top 3 - all that matters.[/p][/quote]oh here she goes again blah blah top 3 blah blah!!!!! YAWN zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, that's what everyone thinks of the old lady's posts!![/p][/quote]Everyone ? Mmm -unlikely, surely - but probably most can't be bothered to read my mantra . Have a great day. Life's great for us both isn't it?[/p][/quote]blah blah minus blah blah top 3 blah blah should have sold beano blah blah mantra blah blah great day blah blah life is great blah blah..............wh y don't you bore off old lady and leave the site for proper fans to comment on[/p][/quote]Thank you - I am off to my very interesting and very fortunate life - I do hope yours is too. Is it?[/p][/quote]blah blah interesting blah blah top 3 blah blah life blah blah sell beano blah blah division 4 blah blah my name's old one and i'm a boring old lady with nothing better to do blah blah[/p][/quote]That remark is not worthy of a pleasant guy like you. Have a great day[/p][/quote]blah blah remark blah blah great day blah blah top 3 blah blah div 4 blah blah sell beano blah blah play-off lottery blah blah lady old one does it again blah blah OUFC 4 EVA

4:59pm Fri 29 Nov 13

oldun says...

I am sure that most folk ignore my boring mantra

Negative and/or amusing reactions to my unending repetitive comments will not cause me to cease giving those repetitive comments after each game - when we are around the top 3 .

I was so, so lucky to follow my club as it rose from below Div 4 to beat Arsenal 3-0 in a League match (from Southern League to the second flight in 6 years - and then eighteen years later beating Arsenal) .

Happy, happy days for we lucky old folk .

Let's hope that you younger fans see us rise as far again.

Genuinely , do have a great weekend OUFC4EVA - I suspect that you are a superb guy .
I am sure that most folk ignore my boring mantra Negative and/or amusing reactions to my unending repetitive comments will not cause me to cease giving those repetitive comments after each game - when we are around the top 3 . I was so, so lucky to follow my club as it rose from below Div 4 to beat Arsenal 3-0 in a League match (from Southern League to the second flight in 6 years - and then eighteen years later beating Arsenal) . Happy, happy days for we lucky old folk . Let's hope that you younger fans see us rise as far again. Genuinely , do have a great weekend OUFC4EVA - I suspect that you are a superb guy . oldun

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