Oxford Utd 2 (Constable 67, Leven 80) Accrington Stanley 0

Sean Rigg is brought down by a hefty tackle

Sean Rigg is brought down by a hefty tackle

First published in Match Reports 2012-13

GOALS from James Constable and Peter Leven won a scrappy game which sent Oxford United into the FA Cup third round for the first time in a decade.

The home side were some way short of their best, but they did enough to set up a meeting with Sheffield United next month.

Constable opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season, heading in Leven's 67th-minute corner.

The Scot made the game safe ten minutes from time with a terrific volley and the closing stages were further boosted by the welcome return of Michael Duberry.

It stretched United's unbeaten run to seven games and gave the side a welcome lift heading into the Christmas fixtures.

Liam Davis replaced Tony Capaldi in the only change to United's starting line-up from the 1-1 draw at Morecambe on Saturday.

More significantly, Duberry was named among the substitutes for the first time this season.

The tie, not helped by the timing so close to the festive period, did not attract a big crowd, with Accrington reportedly selling just six tickets in advance.

It meant there was a palpable lack of atmosphere at kick-off, which may have contributed to a first half low on quality.

United started slowly, while Accrington's final ball was incredibly wasteful.

The first noteworthy incident came on 16 minutes, when Lee Cox came on for a limping Adam Chapman.

Midway through the half the U's threatened to spark into life.

They were unlucky not to take the lead, but Stanley defender Aristote Nsiala cleared two efforts off the line in the space of 30 seconds.

Damian Batt surged forward down the right flank and swung in an excellent cross for Constable, who controlled well before seeing his shot turned behind.

From the resulting corner the ball fell to Michael Raynes with his back to goal.

The centre back had scored a late equaliser in the first game to set up the replay and he came close to another goal with an improvised shot over his shoulder which Nsiala headed to safety.

Batt, who was excellent at Morecambe, threatened again shortly afterwards, but his cross was headed wide by Sean Rigg.

Accrington forced several corners, but U's goalkeeper Ryan Clarke only had a handful of crosses to deal with before the break.

At the other end his opposite number Paul Rachubka was forced into action late in the half to keep out a low shot from Constable.

Stanley looked to freshen the game up, bringing on Padraig Amond and Bohan Dixon early in the second half.

The game belatedly came to life around the hour mark.

It was sparked by Luke Clark, who stopped a promising United attack when he went down clutching his head.

The referee had no option but to halt the game, but the home crowd were convinced the midfielder had made the most of the it.

It gave the game an edge and United suddenly looked sharper.

Rigg had a penalty appeal turned down, but midway through the half the deadlock was finally broken.

Potter intercepted a loose ball in midfield and drove forward. He slipped in Constable, who cut inside his marker and fired in a shot which Rachubka shovelled round the post.

From the resulting corner the striker leapt to nod Leven's delivery into the net.

United almost shot themselves in the foot ten minutes later.

Clarke fumbled Lee Molyneux's free-kick and fell backwards, but despite the visitors' appeals it had crossed the line, the referee was not interested.

Within three minutes United had sealed victory.

Leven, who has had an indifferent spell in recent games, showed a flash of his quality by volleying in from 20 yards after a neat lay-off by Constable.

The cushion avoided a tense finale and U's boss Chris Wilder even had the luxury of giving Duberry a brief run-out late on.

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10:01pm Tue 18 Dec 12

oldun says...

Obviously pleasing to see United go through. We desperately need wins in the League - we must climb well clear of the relegation zone.
Obviously pleasing to see United go through. We desperately need wins in the League - we must climb well clear of the relegation zone. oldun
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8:05am Wed 19 Dec 12

bobbylashley says...

oldun wrote:
Obviously pleasing to see United go through. We desperately need wins in the League - we must climb well clear of the relegation zone.
You sound some what disapointed Oldun. Thats 7 games undefeated, ok too many draws. A good christmas period and it will look a whole lot better.
Ho Ho Ho
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Obviously pleasing to see United go through. We desperately need wins in the League - we must climb well clear of the relegation zone.[/p][/quote]You sound some what disapointed Oldun. Thats 7 games undefeated, ok too many draws. A good christmas period and it will look a whole lot better. Ho Ho Ho bobbylashley
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9:35am Wed 19 Dec 12

LeagueOneOx says...

First time in the FA Cup third round for TEN years, one defeat in SEVEN,
through to the area semi-final of the JPT and injured players returning.Those are the positives. Well done CW during what is a tough time for the club.
First time in the FA Cup third round for TEN years, one defeat in SEVEN, through to the area semi-final of the JPT and injured players returning.Those are the positives. Well done CW during what is a tough time for the club. LeagueOneOx
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9:40am Wed 19 Dec 12

Brenda Jackson says...

bobbylashley wrote:
oldun wrote: Obviously pleasing to see United go through. We desperately need wins in the League - we must climb well clear of the relegation zone.
You sound some what disapointed Oldun. Thats 7 games undefeated, ok too many draws. A good christmas period and it will look a whole lot better. Ho Ho Ho
''Some what disappointed'' Not how i felt after witnessing the most pathetic attempt to play football i have seen since, well since the last U's match.
2,500 odd were treated to a pre-Christmas Turkey of a game, and if Stanley hadn't somehow contrived to be even worse than wilder's bunch- we'd be in another fine mess!!
Sheffield Utd scouts must have sent back messages of comfort and joy to their boss, Oxford Utd? Who are they?!
[quote][p][bold]bobbylashley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: Obviously pleasing to see United go through. We desperately need wins in the League - we must climb well clear of the relegation zone.[/p][/quote]You sound some what disapointed Oldun. Thats 7 games undefeated, ok too many draws. A good christmas period and it will look a whole lot better. Ho Ho Ho[/p][/quote]''Some what disappointed'' Not how i felt after witnessing the most pathetic attempt to play football i have seen since, well since the last U's match. 2,500 odd were treated to a pre-Christmas Turkey of a game, and if Stanley hadn't somehow contrived to be even worse than wilder's bunch- we'd be in another fine mess!! Sheffield Utd scouts must have sent back messages of comfort and joy to their boss, Oxford Utd? Who are they?! Brenda Jackson
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10:55am Wed 19 Dec 12

oldun says...

Disappointed - yes! The cash will come in handy - if it is passed on from the owner, Nasty old demanding me - I should be so excited to see those household names in the Blades' line up - might be a 6000 crowd - such is the low interest in most FA Cup ties nationally. I won't be happy until we are at least in the top third of the division above the one in which we, Bradford, Rovers and Plymouth find ourselves.
Disappointed - yes! The cash will come in handy - if it is passed on from the owner, Nasty old demanding me - I should be so excited to see those household names in the Blades' line up - might be a 6000 crowd - such is the low interest in most FA Cup ties nationally. I won't be happy until we are at least in the top third of the division above the one in which we, Bradford, Rovers and Plymouth find ourselves. oldun
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2:17pm Wed 19 Dec 12

BenkiuGuasu says...

2,500 for an fa cup second round replay.... this is the disgrace.... and tickets were only a tenner.... i got an email promoting the game and the cheap prices... but the colours and fonts meant it was almost illegible... festive period...fine, but 2,500 for fa cup second round replay???? shocker.....
2,500 for an fa cup second round replay.... this is the disgrace.... and tickets were only a tenner.... i got an email promoting the game and the cheap prices... but the colours and fonts meant it was almost illegible... festive period...fine, but 2,500 for fa cup second round replay???? shocker..... BenkiuGuasu
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3:31pm Wed 19 Dec 12

LeagueOneOx says...

BenkiuGuasu wrote:
2,500 for an fa cup second round replay.... this is the disgrace.... and tickets were only a tenner.... i got an email promoting the game and the cheap prices... but the colours and fonts meant it was almost illegible... festive period...fine, but 2,500 for fa cup second round replay???? shocker.....
Did you see the attendances at Notts County and Brentford ?

Less than 3,000 at Meadow Lane and Griffin Park - the FA Cup
had been seriously down valued in the last ten years or so.

A real shame.
[quote][p][bold]BenkiuGuasu[/bold] wrote: 2,500 for an fa cup second round replay.... this is the disgrace.... and tickets were only a tenner.... i got an email promoting the game and the cheap prices... but the colours and fonts meant it was almost illegible... festive period...fine, but 2,500 for fa cup second round replay???? shocker.....[/p][/quote]Did you see the attendances at Notts County and Brentford ? Less than 3,000 at Meadow Lane and Griffin Park - the FA Cup had been seriously down valued in the last ten years or so. A real shame. LeagueOneOx
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