Rochdale 2 (Donnelly 78, Grant 87) Oxford United 0

Alfie Potter shoots wide

Alfie Potter shoots wide

First published in Match Reports 2012-13 Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

OXFORD United had nothing to show for a largely positive performance as two late goals gave Rochdale all three points.

It was a harsh scoreline on the U's, who for long spells had looked comfortable at Spotland.

But despite creating several chances they could not find a way past Dale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.

The home side took full advantage in the closing stages, as goals from substitute George Donnelly and Bobby Grant proved the difference.

United's starting line-up showed just one change from Saturday's 5-0 demolition of Accrington Stanley.

Lee Cox dropped out of the squad and was replaced in midfield by Peter Leven, while skipper Jake Wright, back from suspension, had to make do with a place on the bench.

The game exploded into life right from the kick-off, with Jason Kennedy testing U's goalkeeper Ryan Clarke with a shot after just six seconds.

United promptly went up the other end and Tom Craddock saw a shot deflected wide.

The striker was full of confidence following his four goals last weekend. He had no hesitation in taking on a tricky half volley from James Constable's lay-off in the third minute, but it whistled just over.

United were bright in the opening 45 minutes and enjoyed the best of the chances.

Their clearest sight of goal came midway through the half, when Alfie Potter should have put them ahead.

The winger latched on to Craddock's scuffed shot, but somehow fired wide of Lillis' right-hand post from close range.

Most of United's best moments came down their left flank, where Tony Capaldi and Sean Rigg got the better of Andrew Tutte and Joe Rafferty.

Their industry helped the U's win a succession of corners, where Johnny Mullins was twice denied by Lillis.

Dale, who had lost their previous two games, struggled to exert any sustained pressure but did threaten periodically.

Clarke tipped a dipping Rafferty shot over the bar, while he was relieved to watch a skidding 25-yard drive from Tutte fly just wide.

Late in the half Michael Raynes picked up his fifth booking of the campaign, which will earn him a one-game suspension this weekend.

The centre back almost scored in the first minute of the second half when he leapt highest at a corner, but Dale cleared off the line.

Dele Adebola was proving a handful at the other end and the veteran striker set up a good chance for Ryan Edwards, who nodded wide just before the hour mark.

They had a better chance on the break minutes later following a loose pass from Jake Forster-Caskey.

Raynes was unable to cut out the through ball which sent Grant baring in on Clarke, only to drag his shot wide.

Craddock almost opened the scoring 20 minutes from time with a fierce rising drive which Lillis just tipped over.

The stalemate was broken in the 78th minute, when Grant got in down the left and crossed for Donnelly to head home.

Within four minutes the hosts made sure of the victory, when Donnelly returned the favour to set up a tap-in for Grant as United were caught out pushing for an equaliser.

It was tough to take for the visitors, who deserved at least a point.

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10:16pm Tue 23 Oct 12

WindsorYellow says...

So then what's the excuse's from wilder ?!?!
So then what's the excuse's from wilder ?!?! WindsorYellow
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11:42pm Tue 23 Oct 12

oldun says...

Losing to a 'village club' - here we go again. Must beat little Wycombe, now . Yep, I know that we are obviously no Villa or Barca (!!) - but really - enough is enough . It must be 3 points on Saturday CW
Losing to a 'village club' - here we go again. Must beat little Wycombe, now . Yep, I know that we are obviously no Villa or Barca (!!) - but really - enough is enough . It must be 3 points on Saturday CW oldun
  • Score: 0

12:19am Wed 24 Oct 12

RADIOFAN says...

Why do i feel like having a good cry. Happy groundhog day everybody.
Why do i feel like having a good cry. Happy groundhog day everybody. RADIOFAN
  • Score: 1

12:43am Wed 24 Oct 12

RocketMan says...

Mugged by a team of muppets. Do we never learn that the game is not dead until chances are put to bed? The difference between success and failure failure is a fine line. Promotion and relegation is just the same. I just hope the 'senior players' get on their game and show us what they are made of other wise we will get sucked in to a relegation battle.
Mugged by a team of muppets. Do we never learn that the game is not dead until chances are put to bed? The difference between success and failure failure is a fine line. Promotion and relegation is just the same. I just hope the 'senior players' get on their game and show us what they are made of other wise we will get sucked in to a relegation battle. RocketMan
  • Score: 0

4:53am Wed 24 Oct 12

adlibber says...

Wilder the jovial joker got us into the league but now he's become the clown who will take us back down. Enough already - sort it out Lenagan or wave goodbye to revenue and your investment.
Wilder the jovial joker got us into the league but now he's become the clown who will take us back down. Enough already - sort it out Lenagan or wave goodbye to revenue and your investment. adlibber
  • Score: 1

6:48am Wed 24 Oct 12

winger whitley says...

Old Un – calling another club “Village” is not only disrespectful, it demonstrates the complacent arrogance of many on here. There are 11 teams in the conference that have played in higher divisions, one of which played in the top tier for over 40 years. Never forget these “village” teams have played as professional teams for many years longer than Oxford. Just like the noisy neighbours down the road, a few years in the top tier doesn’t make a big club. Get a decent team, stadium and management set up first and then you can start calling other teams names. It’s still disrespectable though!
Old Un – calling another club “Village” is not only disrespectful, it demonstrates the complacent arrogance of many on here. There are 11 teams in the conference that have played in higher divisions, one of which played in the top tier for over 40 years. Never forget these “village” teams have played as professional teams for many years longer than Oxford. Just like the noisy neighbours down the road, a few years in the top tier doesn’t make a big club. Get a decent team, stadium and management set up first and then you can start calling other teams names. It’s still disrespectable though! winger whitley
  • Score: 4

7:41am Wed 24 Oct 12

oldun says...

My use of the adjective 'village' was not referring to a club's history - come on, you knew that . It referred to a small 'catchment' area (or to a small club which is very close to many others) . From 68 until 99 , United spent 21 seasons in the top two divisions - TWENTY ONE SEASONS OUT OF 31 Rochdale never been there . Are we smaller than those Conference clubs - only Luton can match us for size . Compared with United both Rochdale and Wycombe are 'village' (small) . What do you disagree with on that
My use of the adjective 'village' was not referring to a club's history - come on, you knew that . It referred to a small 'catchment' area (or to a small club which is very close to many others) . From 68 until 99 , United spent 21 seasons in the top two divisions - TWENTY ONE SEASONS OUT OF 31 Rochdale never been there . Are we smaller than those Conference clubs - only Luton can match us for size . Compared with United both Rochdale and Wycombe are 'village' (small) . What do you disagree with on that oldun
  • Score: -1

8:00am Wed 24 Oct 12

winger whitley says...

I knew you'd bite, you're one that has to have the last word. Rochdale's in Greater Manchester population 2.68 million and being in the second tier doesn't make a big club. Anyone can throw figures around, how about this, in nearly fifty years, Oxford have spent only three seasons in the top tier. Even Grimsby managed more than that!
I knew you'd bite, you're one that has to have the last word. Rochdale's in Greater Manchester population 2.68 million and being in the second tier doesn't make a big club. Anyone can throw figures around, how about this, in nearly fifty years, Oxford have spent only three seasons in the top tier. Even Grimsby managed more than that! winger whitley
  • Score: 3

8:29am Wed 24 Oct 12

oldun says...

winger whitley wrote:
I knew you'd bite, you're one that has to have the last word. Rochdale's in Greater Manchester population 2.68 million and being in the second tier doesn't make a big club. Anyone can throw figures around, how about this, in nearly fifty years, Oxford have spent only three seasons in the top tier. Even Grimsby managed more than that!
50 years? ! Calm down , please . Never liking to disappoint. It is 64 years (1948) since Grimsby played in the top flight. They are no village club, either . Have a nibble - don't think you will "cos you are not worth the time, old un!" heard it all before . 50 years
[quote][p][bold]winger whitley[/bold] wrote: I knew you'd bite, you're one that has to have the last word. Rochdale's in Greater Manchester population 2.68 million and being in the second tier doesn't make a big club. Anyone can throw figures around, how about this, in nearly fifty years, Oxford have spent only three seasons in the top tier. Even Grimsby managed more than that![/p][/quote]50 years? ! Calm down , please . Never liking to disappoint. It is 64 years (1948) since Grimsby played in the top flight. They are no village club, either . Have a nibble - don't think you will "cos you are not worth the time, old un!" heard it all before . 50 years oldun
  • Score: -1

8:38am Wed 24 Oct 12

oldun says...

Throwing figures? Winger whiltey . 2.68 million - how many of them are marching past OT or the other bigger stadia to watch Dale - 1500 or so ? Like the whole of England , many will only go to watch the bigger clubs (Villa , Blues included) but apart from that we lose out only in Henley (to Reading) - and big Faringdon (?) to Swindon . 2.68 million - what a target for Rochdale - sack their board - they have been a village side for over 50 years ! We are still underachieving and have much much more potential than Dale or Wycombe - over to IL
Throwing figures? Winger whiltey . 2.68 million - how many of them are marching past OT or the other bigger stadia to watch Dale - 1500 or so ? Like the whole of England , many will only go to watch the bigger clubs (Villa , Blues included) but apart from that we lose out only in Henley (to Reading) - and big Faringdon (?) to Swindon . 2.68 million - what a target for Rochdale - sack their board - they have been a village side for over 50 years ! We are still underachieving and have much much more potential than Dale or Wycombe - over to IL oldun
  • Score: 0

8:39am Wed 24 Oct 12

oldun says...

Throwing figures? Winger whiltey . 2.68 million - how many of them are marching past OT or the other bigger stadia to watch Dale - 1500 or so ? Like the whole of England , many will only go to watch the bigger clubs (Villa , Blues included) but apart from that we lose out only in Henley (to Reading) - and big Faringdon (?) to Swindon . 2.68 million - what a target for Rochdale - sack their board - they have been a village side for over 50 years ! We are still underachieving and have much much more potential than Dale or Wycombe - over to IL
Throwing figures? Winger whiltey . 2.68 million - how many of them are marching past OT or the other bigger stadia to watch Dale - 1500 or so ? Like the whole of England , many will only go to watch the bigger clubs (Villa , Blues included) but apart from that we lose out only in Henley (to Reading) - and big Faringdon (?) to Swindon . 2.68 million - what a target for Rochdale - sack their board - they have been a village side for over 50 years ! We are still underachieving and have much much more potential than Dale or Wycombe - over to IL oldun
  • Score: -1

9:15am Wed 24 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

BORING! Lets just comment on the game and not on the size of other clubs. Size doesn't matter in football. Sounded like we played well in first half and should have been ahead before half time. Lets go to Wycombe and get a result please!
BORING! Lets just comment on the game and not on the size of other clubs. Size doesn't matter in football. Sounded like we played well in first half and should have been ahead before half time. Lets go to Wycombe and get a result please! BigOx22
  • Score: 1

9:32am Wed 24 Oct 12

Adman says...

If this had been a rugby match, we would have won by twenty points, but it isn't. These things happen in football. The best team do not win (Chelsea - Barcelona, Leeds -Sunderland, England - Poland, I could go on). What we need to do is take the positives from this display and work with those. Play this well against Wycombe and we will come away with three points.
If this had been a rugby match, we would have won by twenty points, but it isn't. These things happen in football. The best team do not win (Chelsea - Barcelona, Leeds -Sunderland, England - Poland, I could go on). What we need to do is take the positives from this display and work with those. Play this well against Wycombe and we will come away with three points. Adman
  • Score: 2

9:55am Wed 24 Oct 12

oldun says...

Of course size of club does (generally) matter in football In say 2000, most of the bigger clubs (largely top two divisions - yes?) are still in those divisions. Most of those in the fourth tier (or below) are still there (of course) . Yep, on a particular day goals scored and conceded are the only important aspects - but overall bigger clubs do better - and yep, I would rate Luton as bigger than Peterborough . We continue to underachieve - and you all know it - don't you!?
Of course size of club does (generally) matter in football In say 2000, most of the bigger clubs (largely top two divisions - yes?) are still in those divisions. Most of those in the fourth tier (or below) are still there (of course) . Yep, on a particular day goals scored and conceded are the only important aspects - but overall bigger clubs do better - and yep, I would rate Luton as bigger than Peterborough . We continue to underachieve - and you all know it - don't you!? oldun
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Wed 24 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

oldun - I am not disagreeing that we are underachieving. But the fact is nothing is going to happen over night. Look at Man City there rise to the top wasn't over night. Maybe the club could be better off being run by the fans. We all seem to think, we know how it's done. Unless we get some big money injections to help buy really decent players then we have stick with what we got. Look at our wage bill half of it is taken up by Whing, Leven and Duberry. They were all missing at the start of the season and Duberry still is.
oldun - I am not disagreeing that we are underachieving. But the fact is nothing is going to happen over night. Look at Man City there rise to the top wasn't over night. Maybe the club could be better off being run by the fans. We all seem to think, we know how it's done. Unless we get some big money injections to help buy really decent players then we have stick with what we got. Look at our wage bill half of it is taken up by Whing, Leven and Duberry. They were all missing at the start of the season and Duberry still is. BigOx22
  • Score: 1

1:32pm Wed 24 Oct 12

oldun says...

Half taken by those three decent players - half (?) - how depressing and demotivating for the others . Big money? Many low funded clubs have not had to suffer 11 years out of the top three divisions have they? Big money not needed to get out of Division Four
Half taken by those three decent players - half (?) - how depressing and demotivating for the others . Big money? Many low funded clubs have not had to suffer 11 years out of the top three divisions have they? Big money not needed to get out of Division Four oldun
  • Score: 1

7:18pm Wed 24 Oct 12

A Scroat says...

BigOx22 wrote:
BORING! Lets just comment on the game and not on the size of other clubs. Size doesn't matter in football. Sounded like we played well in first half and should have been ahead before half time. Lets go to Wycombe and get a result please!
Thanks, it was boring. We now need more than a Conference striker. Surely there is one that has played in a higher league that is available. Why can't we score from corners and set pieces? Have we got a coach who understands this?
[quote][p][bold]BigOx22[/bold] wrote: BORING! Lets just comment on the game and not on the size of other clubs. Size doesn't matter in football. Sounded like we played well in first half and should have been ahead before half time. Lets go to Wycombe and get a result please![/p][/quote]Thanks, it was boring. We now need more than a Conference striker. Surely there is one that has played in a higher league that is available. Why can't we score from corners and set pieces? Have we got a coach who understands this? A Scroat
  • Score: 0

10:17pm Wed 24 Oct 12

foxvox says...

Absolutely right A Scroat. For the last six years we have conceded from free kicks and corners but not scored from them. I'm afraid Accrington was an aberration that wouldn't have happened against a better defence, one game doesn't suddenly change the fact that our forwards can't score.
Absolutely right A Scroat. For the last six years we have conceded from free kicks and corners but not scored from them. I'm afraid Accrington was an aberration that wouldn't have happened against a better defence, one game doesn't suddenly change the fact that our forwards can't score. foxvox
  • Score: 1

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