Oxford United 2 (Rose 50, Mullins 90+6) Wycombe Wanderers 2 (Morgan 42, pen 59)

JOHNNY Mullins's strike in the sixth minute of stoppage time preserved Oxford United's unbeaten start to the season.

The U's lost their 100 per cent record, but were staring at a defeat to ten man Wycombe Wanderers as Dean Morgan returned to haunt his former club with two goals.

Morgan headed Wycombe in front at the end of a poor first half where the hosts had struggled to get going.

The game was turned on its head early in the second half when Charles Dunne was sent off for an elbow on Alfie Potter.

From the free-kick Danny Rose scored his second of the season and it looked as if the hosts would go on to control the game.

But Morgan won and converted a penalty to put Wycombe ahead once more.

The hosts huffed and puffed but could not break down the visitors, until Mullins popped up with an equaliser deep into stoppage time.

It was enough to keep Chris Wilder's side top of the Sky Bet League Two table on goal difference.

United made two enforced changes, with a tight hamstring ruling out top scorer Deane Smalley.

New father James Constable came in for his first league start of the season, while Asa Hall replaced Sean Rigg (hamstring).

United came into the game with a perfect league record and almost got away to a good start.

Less than four minutes were on the clock when a Tom Newey long throw was only cleared as far as Scott Davies. The midfielder struck his low shot cleanly from the edge of the box, but it was straight at goalkeeper Matt Ingram.

It turned out to be the clearest chance the home side created in a disappointing first half.

United were unable to build up any sustained pressure as Wycombe's back four, led by skipper Gary Doherty, looked solid.

The visitors had lost their last two league games, but grew in confidence as the half wore on.

Morgan was a nuisance to United's defence and only a deflection took a volley from the forward over on 16 minutes.

United were below par and Ryan Clarke was almost caught out just after the half hour mark when Steven Craig charged down his clearance. To the goalkeeper's relief the ball rebounded harmlessly for a throw-in.

The hosts looked like they needed to get in and regroup at the break, but three minutes before the interval Wycombe took the lead.

A ball into the box from Doherty was flicked on by Billy Knott and Morgan was the first to react, heading into the net from close rage.

It almost got worse for United on the stroke of half-time.

Clarke came out for a cross and punched straight to Nick Arnold 30 yards out.

The midfielder's lob was precise, but the backpedalling goalkeeper did superbly to catch and then throw the ball clear just before crossing the line.

Dave Kitson replaced Davies at the break, instantly giving United a more attacking outlook.

The game spun on two incidents four minutes after the break.

First, Dunne was sent off for an elbow on Alfie Potter, who had been switched out to the flank to accommodate Kitson.

Rose curled the resulting free-kick into the box, where it missed everyone and nestled into the corner of the net.

Ryan Williams was brought on to give United an added option going forward as the hosts looked to take advantage of their man advantage.

They looked a side transformed and Kitson narrowly headed wide from Potter's cross.

But out of nowhere Wycombe restored their lead.

David Hunt dived in on Morgan in the area and although the forward's tumble was theatrical, it was an ill-advised lunge and referee Andy D'Urso pointed to the spot.

The former Reading youngster smashed in from 12 yards for his second goal of the afternoon.

It gave United half an hour to find a way back into the game for a second time.

Kitson steered a cross from Newey over the bar, while even Johnny Mullins joined the attack at one stage to bring a smart save from Ingram.

Wycombe looked to slow the game when they could and were briefly down to nine men at one stage while Leon Johnson was off the pitch following a lengthy spell of treatment on it.

As the minutes ebbed away Kitson looked the most likely to grab an equaliser. The striker came agonisingly close to opening his United goalscoring account eight minutes from time with a curled shot which Ingram turned round the post at full stretch.

It looked a lost cause, but seven minutes of stoppage time gave hope of a late flourish.

The breakthrough came with just over 60 seconds remaining, when Constable did well from a Rose cross to give Mullins space and the centre back coolly finished to salvage a point.

Oxford Utd: Clarke, Hunt, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Davies (Kitson ht), Whing, Rose, Hall (Williams 52), Potter, Constable.

Unused subs: Crocombe, Raynes, Marsh, O'Dowda, Ruffels.

Wycombe: Ingram, McCoy, Doherty, Johnson, Dunne, Arnold, Knott (Spring 88), Scowen, Wood, Morgan (Kuffour 75), Craig (Pittman 69).

Unused subs: Harrison, Stewart, Kretzschmar, McClure.

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

Attendance: 7,100 (988 visitors).

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6:15pm Sat 24 Aug 13

oldun says...

Dire performance - after great first three results. In the first half, why did we so often lump the ball up to Potter and Constable - who got no change out of the balding centre back?? Why did we play with no width in the first half? Ineffectual and boring. Wycombe were the better of two poor sides. Three points next week, United. Play like today and we will not ens in the top three (our minimum target, surely?) . Dire performance
Dire performance - after great first three results. In the first half, why did we so often lump the ball up to Potter and Constable - who got no change out of the balding centre back?? Why did we play with no width in the first half? Ineffectual and boring. Wycombe were the better of two poor sides. Three points next week, United. Play like today and we will not ens in the top three (our minimum target, surely?) . Dire performance oldun
  • Score: -12

6:17pm Sat 24 Aug 13

oldun says...

D'Urso was a disgrace -
D'Urso was a disgrace - oldun
  • Score: 10

8:19pm Sat 24 Aug 13

Manor Born says...

Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season.

Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point.

The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week.
Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season. Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point. The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week. Manor Born
  • Score: 23

9:26pm Sat 24 Aug 13

Brenda Jackson says...

Once again the manager's team selection/formation and lack of decisive action when it was clear from the off that it wasn't working, proved crucial.
It made no difference when they had a man sent off, we never got into our stride until too late when CW suddenly realised we needed width!
Many of us felt the natural replacement for the injured Rigg would and should have been O'Dowda, but no. Big call from the manager, and he got it wrong.
Once again the manager's team selection/formation and lack of decisive action when it was clear from the off that it wasn't working, proved crucial. It made no difference when they had a man sent off, we never got into our stride until too late when CW suddenly realised we needed width! Many of us felt the natural replacement for the injured Rigg would and should have been O'Dowda, but no. Big call from the manager, and he got it wrong. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 7

10:36pm Sat 24 Aug 13

Alfie33 says...

To change the team when we were in control was ridiculous and cost us the game.
To change the team when we were in control was ridiculous and cost us the game. Alfie33
  • Score: 3

10:40pm Sat 24 Aug 13

oldun says...

Manor Born wrote:
Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season.

Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point.

The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week.
Please behave all of you who like this post and did not like mine. So, we get a very late equaliser at home to ten men from strugglers Wycombe and we have done well? No, no, no! . Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3 - we played poorly against ten men. Without that one touch of Mullins , you would all be slagging off the team. Not good enough - the team and you guys who did not like my post. Here they come again! Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season. Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point. The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week.[/p][/quote]Please behave all of you who like this post and did not like mine. So, we get a very late equaliser at home to ten men from strugglers Wycombe and we have done well? No, no, no! . Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3 - we played poorly against ten men. Without that one touch of Mullins , you would all be slagging off the team. Not good enough - the team and you guys who did not like my post. Here they come again! Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3 oldun
  • Score: -16

11:43pm Sat 24 Aug 13

dave from witney says...

The big concern is that when Mullins signed everyone assumed we would have one of the best defences in the league, we certainly do have on paper but we are leaking far too many goals. Onwards and upwards.
The big concern is that when Mullins signed everyone assumed we would have one of the best defences in the league, we certainly do have on paper but we are leaking far too many goals. Onwards and upwards. dave from witney
  • Score: 3

8:38am Sun 25 Aug 13

greengarden says...

Manor Born wrote:
Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season.

Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point.

The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week.
Great Post ..... Well said!!!

Manor Born is clearly Someone who understands the game and is realistic that no team pays fantastic free flowing football ever week (certainly in L2) but its about grinding out points in games like these
[quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season. Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point. The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week.[/p][/quote]Great Post ..... Well said!!! Manor Born is clearly Someone who understands the game and is realistic that no team pays fantastic free flowing football ever week (certainly in L2) but its about grinding out points in games like these greengarden
  • Score: 9

8:46am Sun 25 Aug 13

greengarden says...

oldun wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season.

Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point.

The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week.
Please behave all of you who like this post and did not like mine. So, we get a very late equaliser at home to ten men from strugglers Wycombe and we have done well? No, no, no! . Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3 - we played poorly against ten men. Without that one touch of Mullins , you would all be slagging off the team. Not good enough - the team and you guys who did not like my post. Here they come again! Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3
Oldun..... We don't need moaners like you

Have you ever payed the game at any level? We will get games like these it HAPPENS its called football. It's not pretty or fun to watch but players are not machines and sometimes it simply does not click.

But great teams show perseverance and can grind results out in games like these .....

I despair with when I read postings like yours from so called supporters ..
[quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season. Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point. The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week.[/p][/quote]Please behave all of you who like this post and did not like mine. So, we get a very late equaliser at home to ten men from strugglers Wycombe and we have done well? No, no, no! . Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3 - we played poorly against ten men. Without that one touch of Mullins , you would all be slagging off the team. Not good enough - the team and you guys who did not like my post. Here they come again! Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3[/p][/quote]Oldun..... We don't need moaners like you Have you ever payed the game at any level? We will get games like these it HAPPENS its called football. It's not pretty or fun to watch but players are not machines and sometimes it simply does not click. But great teams show perseverance and can grind results out in games like these ..... I despair with when I read postings like yours from so called supporters .. greengarden
  • Score: 11

10:04am Sun 25 Aug 13

oldun says...

greengarden wrote:
oldun wrote:
Manor Born wrote:
Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season.

Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point.

The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week.
Please behave all of you who like this post and did not like mine. So, we get a very late equaliser at home to ten men from strugglers Wycombe and we have done well? No, no, no! . Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3 - we played poorly against ten men. Without that one touch of Mullins , you would all be slagging off the team. Not good enough - the team and you guys who did not like my post. Here they come again! Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3
Oldun..... We don't need moaners like you

Have you ever payed the game at any level? We will get games like these it HAPPENS its called football. It's not pretty or fun to watch but players are not machines and sometimes it simply does not click.

But great teams show perseverance and can grind results out in games like these .....

I despair with when I read postings like yours from so called supporters ..
Moaner? I praise the team when it plays well. I expect all teams losing at home against ten men to attack (partic in stoppage time) - no big deal, was it? . Well struck shot by Mullins - had we not got that , then my guess is that many would be moaning about our performance. What level did I play at (what's that gotta do with it?) - nowhere near Div 4 - I played only against the likes of Thame United reserves, Abingdon Town reserves and (on Sundays) against the best teams in the county - I was average. Fact - our tactics were awful in the first half (no width on the right and lumping it up to Doherty. Fact - I will cheer on the Us next Sat as well as most will. Fact - I praise them on here when I feel they deserve it. Opinion - we won't make the top 3 at the end of the season.
[quote][p][bold]greengarden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oldun[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manor Born[/bold] wrote: Oldun: a sign of a good team is one that plays badly but salvages at least a point. Yes, it wasn't pretty or free flowing, but we salvaged something from a game we would have lost last season. Wycombe played as good as they could & got a point, we played as poor as we could and got a point. The players showed great resolve in not giving up & fighting until the end. Put the poor performance behind us, move on, learn from today & re-group for next week.[/p][/quote]Please behave all of you who like this post and did not like mine. So, we get a very late equaliser at home to ten men from strugglers Wycombe and we have done well? No, no, no! . Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3 - we played poorly against ten men. Without that one touch of Mullins , you would all be slagging off the team. Not good enough - the team and you guys who did not like my post. Here they come again! Play like this every week and we won't make the top 13 let alone getting in the top 3[/p][/quote]Oldun..... We don't need moaners like you Have you ever payed the game at any level? We will get games like these it HAPPENS its called football. It's not pretty or fun to watch but players are not machines and sometimes it simply does not click. But great teams show perseverance and can grind results out in games like these ..... I despair with when I read postings like yours from so called supporters ..[/p][/quote]Moaner? I praise the team when it plays well. I expect all teams losing at home against ten men to attack (partic in stoppage time) - no big deal, was it? . Well struck shot by Mullins - had we not got that , then my guess is that many would be moaning about our performance. What level did I play at (what's that gotta do with it?) - nowhere near Div 4 - I played only against the likes of Thame United reserves, Abingdon Town reserves and (on Sundays) against the best teams in the county - I was average. Fact - our tactics were awful in the first half (no width on the right and lumping it up to Doherty. Fact - I will cheer on the Us next Sat as well as most will. Fact - I praise them on here when I feel they deserve it. Opinion - we won't make the top 3 at the end of the season. oldun
  • Score: -5

10:38am Sun 25 Aug 13

bigchet says...

DID NOT PLAY WELL AT ALL BUT BATTLED UNTIL THE END AND JUST ABOUT DESERVED A POINT. NEED TO SHAPE UP BETTER AT HOME NEXT WEEK TO CONTINUE TO PROGRESS.
DID NOT PLAY WELL AT ALL BUT BATTLED UNTIL THE END AND JUST ABOUT DESERVED A POINT. NEED TO SHAPE UP BETTER AT HOME NEXT WEEK TO CONTINUE TO PROGRESS. bigchet
  • Score: 7

1:57pm Sun 25 Aug 13

In_The_Nikon_Time says...

I for one applaud the fact we are not losing, at least its kept Le Knob from spouting his drivel on here :-)
I for one applaud the fact we are not losing, at least its kept Le Knob from spouting his drivel on here :-) In_The_Nikon_Time
  • Score: 6

8:36pm Sun 25 Aug 13

bigchet says...

I THINK YOU WILL FIND THAT LE GOD AND CO HAVE GOT QUITE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT AT THE CG WITHOUT BEING CONCERNED ABOUT HOW WE ARE DOING. LONG MAY IT CONTINUE.
I THINK YOU WILL FIND THAT LE GOD AND CO HAVE GOT QUITE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT AT THE CG WITHOUT BEING CONCERNED ABOUT HOW WE ARE DOING. LONG MAY IT CONTINUE. bigchet
  • Score: 1

12:38pm Mon 26 Aug 13

bifocal bill says...

dave from witney wrote:
The big concern is that when Mullins signed everyone assumed we would have one of the best defences in the league, we certainly do have on paper but we are leaking far too many goals. Onwards and upwards.
quiete agree dave utd have to stop leaking goals every match
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: The big concern is that when Mullins signed everyone assumed we would have one of the best defences in the league, we certainly do have on paper but we are leaking far too many goals. Onwards and upwards.[/p][/quote]quiete agree dave utd have to stop leaking goals every match bifocal bill
  • Score: 3

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