Oxford United 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1 (Grant 19)

United striker Jon-Paul Pittman sends Wycombe’s Michael Harriman crashing to the ground

United striker Jon-Paul Pittman sends Wycombe’s Michael Harriman crashing to the ground

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Oxford United's poor run continued as they were undone by a moment of real quality from Joel Grant.

The forward danced past two tackles and buried a low shot into the net for the only goal of the game.

It inflicted a fourth defeat in five games for United, who were again unable to make the most of their chances.

Jon-Paul Pittman hit the post in the first half, while Alfie Potter spurned the best chance after the break.

Wycombe had chances to wrap up the game late on, but they held on to claim all three points.

United made three changes to the XI which started the 3-2 defeat at Aldershot on Easter Monday.

Two were enforced, with Michael Duberry in for the suspended Michael Raynes and Pittman replacing Sean Rigg, who was ruled out with an ankle injury.

The other alteration saw James Constable restored to the side in place of Simon Heslop.

The striker led the line in a changed system, with Pittman, Potter and Tom Craddock playing behind him in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

They were on the front foot early on as the front four found space to pose Wycombe problems.

Constable was the only player to exert Chairboys goalkeeper Matt Ingram, fresh from a loan spell with Oxford City.

His 11th-minute shot was comfortably saved, while Scott Davies and Craddock fired wide with their sights of goal in the opening quarter of an hour.

A hurried clearance from Luke McCormick gave Wycombe their first opening, on 17 minutes.

It fell to Jo Kuffour, whose first-time lob from 40 yards was not powerful enough to cause the keeper problems.

But McCormick could do nothing about Grant's quality finish two minutes later.

The Wycombe forward burst into the box past two challenges and lashed a low shot into the corner to put the visitors in front.

United almost responded immediately, thanks to some good advantage played by referee Graham Salisbury.

Pittman shrugged off a foul out wide to swing in a cross which Craddock headed over from close range.

The winger looked lively on his first start since December and provided United's best moment of the half.

A spell of pressure led to Constable finding Pittman, who turned and flashed in a shot from an angle which beat Ingram but hit the outside of his left-hand post.

Again converting chances was proving United's biggest problem.

Neat work from Damian Batt and Potter saw the former find space in the area, but his cutback was scuffed apologetically wide by an off-balance Andy Whing.

They were not helped by a lack of quality on set pieces, with Davies only finding the first man with both his corners before the break.

Both sides carved out gilt-edged chances early in the second half. Wycombe were the first to threaten, when Jo Kuffour timed his run to perfection, springing the offside trap.

Josh Scowen's flick on sent the striker through on goal, but McCormick got just enough on his shot to keep it out.

At the other end Potter sliced through to face Ingram, but he fluffed the chance with a weak shot straight at the goalkeeper.

Pittman skimmed the crossbar with an overhead kick shortly afterwards as United began to build up a head of steam.

It did not last, though, and United's challenge fizzled out, not helped by losing Constable to injury.

Wycombe twice came close to a second goal, which would have sealed the victory.

Dave Winfield escaped Duberry's attention at a corner but could not keep his header down.

With ten minutes left a loose backpass from Batt played in Scowen.

McCormick did well to anticipate the danger and spared the full back's blushes with a smart block.

Wycombe only had one nervous moment late on. Ingram dropped a long throw in stoppage time which fell on the line, but he gathered before anyone in yellow could bundle the ball into the net.

Oxford Utd: McCormick, Batt, Duberry, Wright, Davis, Whing, Davies, Pittman, Potter, Craddock (Smalley 52), Constable (Parker 73). Unused subs: Crocombe, Heslop, O'Brien, O'Dowda, Long.

Wycombe: Ingram, Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Spring, Lewis, Scowen, Grant, Kuffour, Wood. Unused subs: Harrison, Johnson, Ainsworth, Andrade, McCoy, Kewley-Graham, Morias.

Referee: Graham Salisbury.

Attendance: 6,777 (1,132 visitors).

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5:21pm Sat 6 Apr 13

WindsorYellow says...

Sack the clown, and all his cronies. And start a fresh over the summer!!!!
Sack the clown, and all his cronies. And start a fresh over the summer!!!! WindsorYellow
  • Score: 8

5:32pm Sat 6 Apr 13

karatavuk says...

I can't see any point in keeping Wilder on a minute longer.
The sooner he goes the better for everyone.
I can't see any point in keeping Wilder on a minute longer. The sooner he goes the better for everyone. karatavuk
  • Score: 7

5:36pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Bathyellow says...

Still don't think he will sack CW just to spite us
Still don't think he will sack CW just to spite us Bathyellow
  • Score: 4

5:45pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Dereko says...

I think going up would be a mistake, long term. Ownership of the ground is the key to a solid, prosperous club. If we went up, Kassam would just put the price up, prolonging the agony.

For footballing reasons it's crap, I know, but sort the ground out and we have a platform to build on.
I think going up would be a mistake, long term. Ownership of the ground is the key to a solid, prosperous club. If we went up, Kassam would just put the price up, prolonging the agony. For footballing reasons it's crap, I know, but sort the ground out and we have a platform to build on. Dereko
  • Score: 4

5:47pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Dereko says...

I meant to add that I think that's what the ownership thinks too, so that's why we'll continue with Wilder and our sorry bunch of muppets.
I meant to add that I think that's what the ownership thinks too, so that's why we'll continue with Wilder and our sorry bunch of muppets. Dereko
  • Score: 0

5:56pm Sat 6 Apr 13

learned says...

Lenaghan has no idea as a football chairman. If he did he would have sacked Wilder some time ago and certainly after todays game.
A local derby and they can't even fight for that. Apart from Wright Batt and glimpses from JP the rest were rubbish
Lenaghan has no idea as a football chairman. If he did he would have sacked Wilder some time ago and certainly after todays game. A local derby and they can't even fight for that. Apart from Wright Batt and glimpses from JP the rest were rubbish learned
  • Score: 5

6:13pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Richard Wickson says...

Lend a guns desire was for a top 7 finish and hopefully promotion thru the play offs. If he is a man of his word then he will not renew Wilders rolling contract as he has failed to achieve the owners desire. While he keeps faith with Wilder the club will under achieve and a lot won't renew their season tickets. IL needs to come out and make a strong statement on the future of the club otherwise there will be a lot of uncertainty and people will vote with their feet. He should make us all aware what his intentions are regarding the manager and the 16 players who are out of contract this summer. The season is officially over as regards to any hope of finishing better than we did last season so now is the time Ian to inform loyal fans of your thoughts on next season. If you say that we are sticking with the manager we have and next seasons requirement is a top 7 place then I for one won't set foot in our home Stadium next season, ending a 55 year run of regular attendances. The club needs ambition and that includes an ambitious manager and players who share that ambition. Without both the future looks grim!
Lend a guns desire was for a top 7 finish and hopefully promotion thru the play offs. If he is a man of his word then he will not renew Wilders rolling contract as he has failed to achieve the owners desire. While he keeps faith with Wilder the club will under achieve and a lot won't renew their season tickets. IL needs to come out and make a strong statement on the future of the club otherwise there will be a lot of uncertainty and people will vote with their feet. He should make us all aware what his intentions are regarding the manager and the 16 players who are out of contract this summer. The season is officially over as regards to any hope of finishing better than we did last season so now is the time Ian to inform loyal fans of your thoughts on next season. If you say that we are sticking with the manager we have and next seasons requirement is a top 7 place then I for one won't set foot in our home Stadium next season, ending a 55 year run of regular attendances. The club needs ambition and that includes an ambitious manager and players who share that ambition. Without both the future looks grim! Richard Wickson
  • Score: 11

6:59pm Sat 6 Apr 13

foxvox says...

IL was reported today as saying that half the team will go in the summer (excellent - just hope it's the right half) and that he considers Chris Wilder a good manager.
Just what we've been waiting for - everyone knows that a vote of confidence from the chairman always precedes a sacking!
IL was reported today as saying that half the team will go in the summer (excellent - just hope it's the right half) and that he considers Chris Wilder a good manager. Just what we've been waiting for - everyone knows that a vote of confidence from the chairman always precedes a sacking! foxvox
  • Score: 2

7:40pm Sat 6 Apr 13

Bathyellow says...

As I will be moving to Bicester from Bath In the near future my intentions were to once again buy a season ticket, this season I have seen most of the home games and after 63 years of support I am very disalussioned with whats going on at OUFC or should I say not going on. If CW stays no season ticket for me. What exactly does IL want ?, or doesn't he care., we all know we are going nowhere with this lot in charge. The club needs a clear out from top to bottom, also IL has to sort it out with FK with regard to the purchase of the stadium, if it's no go then look elsewhere stop **** footing around with him. On the playing front get someone in that knows what he is doing before it's too late.
As I will be moving to Bicester from Bath In the near future my intentions were to once again buy a season ticket, this season I have seen most of the home games and after 63 years of support I am very disalussioned with whats going on at OUFC or should I say not going on. If CW stays no season ticket for me. What exactly does IL want ?, or doesn't he care., we all know we are going nowhere with this lot in charge. The club needs a clear out from top to bottom, also IL has to sort it out with FK with regard to the purchase of the stadium, if it's no go then look elsewhere stop **** footing around with him. On the playing front get someone in that knows what he is doing before it's too late. Bathyellow
  • Score: 6

8:36pm Sat 6 Apr 13

35 year fan says...

surely IL can see that the fans are just bored with CW and season ticket sales and attendances will fall. costing IL more money!
surely IL can see that the fans are just bored with CW and season ticket sales and attendances will fall. costing IL more money! 35 year fan
  • Score: 6

10:50pm Sat 6 Apr 13

davecuddoufc says...

Where the f*** did they get that attendance figure of 6700 plus for today's game?!!!!!!
Where the f*** did they get that attendance figure of 6700 plus for today's game?!!!!!! davecuddoufc
  • Score: 0

7:40am Sun 7 Apr 13

Beau champ mummy says...

Get shot of constable cant believe we turned down good money for this clown
Get shot of constable cant believe we turned down good money for this clown Beau champ mummy
  • Score: 2

10:57am Sun 7 Apr 13

marathon2012 says...

Here we go once again the chairman playing cat and mouse with the fans (his servents) that turn up week after week to watch our sorry shambles of a team try to play what is supposed to be called football.
IL needs to come clean with the reason he will not get rid of our so called puppy dog manager.
I have been a season ticket holder since I was a kid will I get one this season the way I feel about the team and club now I don't think I will .but as any loyal supporter ill be there next season.
Here we go once again the chairman playing cat and mouse with the fans (his servents) that turn up week after week to watch our sorry shambles of a team try to play what is supposed to be called football. IL needs to come clean with the reason he will not get rid of our so called puppy dog manager. I have been a season ticket holder since I was a kid will I get one this season the way I feel about the team and club now I don't think I will .but as any loyal supporter ill be there next season. marathon2012
  • Score: 3

12:14pm Sun 7 Apr 13

oldun says...

davecuddoufc wrote:
Where the f*** did they get that attendance figure of 6700 plus for today's game?!!!!!!
Season tickets are always included . Constable - he works very hard (as he should) but was never worth £100k let alone the £200k (third offer) from the Gas - which we stupidly rejected!
[quote][p][bold]davecuddoufc[/bold] wrote: Where the f*** did they get that attendance figure of 6700 plus for today's game?!!!!!![/p][/quote]Season tickets are always included . Constable - he works very hard (as he should) but was never worth £100k let alone the £200k (third offer) from the Gas - which we stupidly rejected! oldun
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Manor Born says...

Can't wait for this embarrassing season to end & we are shot of all these useless no hopers.
Can't wait for this embarrassing season to end & we are shot of all these useless no hopers. Manor Born
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Manor Born says...

Can't wait for this embarrassing season to end & we are shot of all these useless no hopers.
Can't wait for this embarrassing season to end & we are shot of all these useless no hopers. Manor Born
  • Score: 0

4:00pm Sun 7 Apr 13

oldun says...

After the game, on Radio Oxford, Rosie praised CW for OUFC's "progress each year" Errr ?? 63 points in 2010-11, 68 points last season - 56 with 3 to go this season - we won't even better our tally of 2010-11. At least we came 3rd in the Conference and beat 5th placed York at Wembley.
After the game, on Radio Oxford, Rosie praised CW for OUFC's "progress each year" Errr ?? 63 points in 2010-11, 68 points last season - 56 with 3 to go this season - we won't even better our tally of 2010-11. At least we came 3rd in the Conference and beat 5th placed York at Wembley. oldun
  • Score: 4

4:08pm Sun 7 Apr 13

oldun says...

Almost 50% down in two years . Our average attendances next season if things don't chance - 5000? Adding 50% to 5000 gives 7500 (as you know) - our average attendance in 2011-12 was 7451 - over 49% higher than 5000. Will we reach 5000?
Almost 50% down in two years . Our average attendances next season if things don't chance - 5000? Adding 50% to 5000 gives 7500 (as you know) - our average attendance in 2011-12 was 7451 - over 49% higher than 5000. Will we reach 5000? oldun
  • Score: 1

4:12pm Sun 7 Apr 13

oldun says...

Typo sorted. Almost 50% down in two years . Our average attendances next season if things don't change - 5000? Adding 50% to 5000 gives 7500 (as you know) - our average attendance in 2011-12 was 7451 - over 49% higher than 5000. Will we reach 5000?
Typo sorted. Almost 50% down in two years . Our average attendances next season if things don't change - 5000? Adding 50% to 5000 gives 7500 (as you know) - our average attendance in 2011-12 was 7451 - over 49% higher than 5000. Will we reach 5000? oldun
  • Score: 0

4:37pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Bathyellow says...

Bean says he is fed up with going back in the dressing room having lost again. Please correct me if I am wrong,!! To win a game of football you have to score goals as well as stopping them going in the other end. Isn't Beano there to score goals. Look in the mirror Beano.
Bean says he is fed up with going back in the dressing room having lost again. Please correct me if I am wrong,!! To win a game of football you have to score goals as well as stopping them going in the other end. Isn't Beano there to score goals. Look in the mirror Beano. Bathyellow
  • Score: 0

6:05pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Richard Wickson says...

Bathyellow wrote:
Bean says he is fed up with going back in the dressing room having lost again. Please correct me if I am wrong,!! To win a game of football you have to score goals as well as stopping them going in the other end. Isn't Beano there to score goals. Look in the mirror Beano.
Very observant Bathyellow. It's a shame management can't see he spends more time out wide than getting in the middle more often and when he does get there he skies what chances he gets. He's still petulant and mouths of far too much for a player of his experience and age. He too is like CW, average in the conference but far below in the League.
[quote][p][bold]Bathyellow[/bold] wrote: Bean says he is fed up with going back in the dressing room having lost again. Please correct me if I am wrong,!! To win a game of football you have to score goals as well as stopping them going in the other end. Isn't Beano there to score goals. Look in the mirror Beano.[/p][/quote]Very observant Bathyellow. It's a shame management can't see he spends more time out wide than getting in the middle more often and when he does get there he skies what chances he gets. He's still petulant and mouths of far too much for a player of his experience and age. He too is like CW, average in the conference but far below in the League. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 2

6:22pm Sun 7 Apr 13

oldun says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
Bathyellow wrote:
Bean says he is fed up with going back in the dressing room having lost again. Please correct me if I am wrong,!! To win a game of football you have to score goals as well as stopping them going in the other end. Isn't Beano there to score goals. Look in the mirror Beano.
Very observant Bathyellow. It's a shame management can't see he spends more time out wide than getting in the middle more often and when he does get there he skies what chances he gets. He's still petulant and mouths of far too much for a player of his experience and age. He too is like CW, average in the conference but far below in the League.
Hear , hear. Who advised IL not to accept that magnificently over generous £200k from the Gas? KAlvin and CW?
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bathyellow[/bold] wrote: Bean says he is fed up with going back in the dressing room having lost again. Please correct me if I am wrong,!! To win a game of football you have to score goals as well as stopping them going in the other end. Isn't Beano there to score goals. Look in the mirror Beano.[/p][/quote]Very observant Bathyellow. It's a shame management can't see he spends more time out wide than getting in the middle more often and when he does get there he skies what chances he gets. He's still petulant and mouths of far too much for a player of his experience and age. He too is like CW, average in the conference but far below in the League.[/p][/quote]Hear , hear. Who advised IL not to accept that magnificently over generous £200k from the Gas? KAlvin and CW? oldun
  • Score: 0

7:51pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Bathyellow says...

With Matt Green putting Mansfield more or less back in the League, asks the question, did the wrong bloke go?.would he have been the same as Beano if he had stayed ?. If JP could stay injury free, with a decent partner up front may be the answer, again he will probably go elsewhere and score regularly, even Jacko has done reasonably well in a poor side at Wimbledon
With Matt Green putting Mansfield more or less back in the League, asks the question, did the wrong bloke go?.would he have been the same as Beano if he had stayed ?. If JP could stay injury free, with a decent partner up front may be the answer, again he will probably go elsewhere and score regularly, even Jacko has done reasonably well in a poor side at Wimbledon Bathyellow
  • Score: 3

8:11pm Sun 7 Apr 13

Bathyellow says...

With Matt Green putting Mansfield more or less back in the League, asks the question, did the wrong bloke go?.would he have been the same as Beano if he had stayed ?. If JP could stay injury free, with a decent partner up front may be the answer, again he will probably go elsewhere and score regularly, even Jacko has done reasonably well in a poor side at Wimbledon
With Matt Green putting Mansfield more or less back in the League, asks the question, did the wrong bloke go?.would he have been the same as Beano if he had stayed ?. If JP could stay injury free, with a decent partner up front may be the answer, again he will probably go elsewhere and score regularly, even Jacko has done reasonably well in a poor side at Wimbledon Bathyellow
  • Score: 0

9:19pm Sun 7 Apr 13

BigAlBiker says...

Wilder out, pure and simple.

What's more the club need to employ a proper web designer as on am tablet it's crap and ticket prices not available, no matter my cash is staying in my pocket until the numpty Wilder and his mates leave.
Wilder out, pure and simple. What's more the club need to employ a proper web designer as on am tablet it's crap and ticket prices not available, no matter my cash is staying in my pocket until the numpty Wilder and his mates leave. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 1

9:55pm Sun 7 Apr 13

foxvox says...

BigAlBiker wrote:
Wilder out, pure and simple.

What's more the club need to employ a proper web designer as on am tablet it's crap and ticket prices not available, no matter my cash is staying in my pocket until the numpty Wilder and his mates leave.
Agreed, the website is rubbish even compared with last season when it was pretty bad.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlBiker[/bold] wrote: Wilder out, pure and simple. What's more the club need to employ a proper web designer as on am tablet it's crap and ticket prices not available, no matter my cash is staying in my pocket until the numpty Wilder and his mates leave.[/p][/quote]Agreed, the website is rubbish even compared with last season when it was pretty bad. foxvox
  • Score: 2

9:04pm Mon 8 Apr 13

Richard Wickson says...

Bathyellow wrote:
With Matt Green putting Mansfield more or less back in the League, asks the question, did the wrong bloke go?.would he have been the same as Beano if he had stayed ?. If JP could stay injury free, with a decent partner up front may be the answer, again he will probably go elsewhere and score regularly, even Jacko has done reasonably well in a poor side at Wimbledon
I personally think if Matt Green did come back that he would again be poor, it's obviously something here. Is it the coaching, the way the manager sets the team up or even the pressure we loyal fans put the team under? Too many players who were at best average here have gone to other clubs and achieved more to say there isn't a problem here. My final comment on Green, it must be remembered he's at Mansfield who currently play in the CONFERENCE. Lets see what he does in the League..
[quote][p][bold]Bathyellow[/bold] wrote: With Matt Green putting Mansfield more or less back in the League, asks the question, did the wrong bloke go?.would he have been the same as Beano if he had stayed ?. If JP could stay injury free, with a decent partner up front may be the answer, again he will probably go elsewhere and score regularly, even Jacko has done reasonably well in a poor side at Wimbledon[/p][/quote]I personally think if Matt Green did come back that he would again be poor, it's obviously something here. Is it the coaching, the way the manager sets the team up or even the pressure we loyal fans put the team under? Too many players who were at best average here have gone to other clubs and achieved more to say there isn't a problem here. My final comment on Green, it must be remembered he's at Mansfield who currently play in the CONFERENCE. Lets see what he does in the League.. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 2

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