Mansfield Tn 1 (Stevenson 45+4) Oxford Utd 3 (Rigg 12, Constable 45+8, Williams 66)

JAMES Constable netted his 100th goal to help Oxford United back to the top of the table as their sensational unbeaten away form continued with victory over ten-man Mansfield Town.

The striker reached the milestone by firing a shot in off the post deep into stoppage time at the end of an all-action first half.

Sean Rigg opened the scoring with his first goal of the season and United were well in charge when Jamie McGuire received a straight red card for a tackle on Danny Rose.

Mansfield hit back against the run of play with a smart finish from Lee Stevenson, but Constable restored the lead on the stroke of half time.

The striker had only just come off the bench to replace Deane Smalley, one of two injuries the visitors picked up, with Andy Whing also limping off.

United exploited the numerical advantage after the break, playing some of their best football of the season.

The third goal their play merited arrived midway through the half, with the excellent Ryan Williams finishing off a flowing move.

It all but ended Mansfield's resistance and United were happy to run down the clock for their sixth away win in eight league games.

Whing and Williams came into the side as two changes from the 2-2 draw with Gateshead a week earlier, replacing Scott Davies and the injured Jake Wright.

Mansfield came into the game on the back of an 8-1 win in the FA Cup at St Albans and they forced the first chance on nine minutes.

Stevenson met Sam Clucas' corner with a firm header, but Ryan Clarke reacted superbly to parry it clear.

It began a breathless first half and when United put their first meaningful attack together, they opened the scoring.

Rose latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the area, beating his man and getting a shot away. Goalkeeper Alan Marriott saved, but the ball fell for Rigg to tap into a gaping net.

Both sides were then forced into reshuffles after losing players in quick succession.

First, Whing limped off with an injury, replaced by Asa Hall.

Mansfield's change was more damaging in the short-term, as McGuire was given a straight red card for a challenge which left Rose writhing in pain.

United looked to take advantage and Rigg, buoyed by his goal, had the beating of full back Lee Beevers.

Williams almost scored a sensational second just before the half hour mark with a lung-busting run down the middle, but his shot drifted wide from 20 yards.

Johnny Mullins, captain in Wright's absence was the next to threaten, heading over at the back post from David Hunt's free-kick.

The game was held up several times as players received treatment and it led to eight minutes added on.

It was an eventful period, starting with the Stags equalising out of the blue when Michael Raynes' clearing header fell invitingly for Stevenson, who lashed in a classy volley.

United had to make another enforced change as Deane Smalley, who had earlier needed attention from the physio, was replaced by Constable.

The striker made an instant impact, restoring the visitors' lead in the 53rd minute of the half. Dave Kitson split the defence with an inspired pass to find Williams, whose cut back was tucked home by Constable to bring up his century.

The visitors looked to go for the jugular when the second half began.

They put together an exhilarating spell of attacking football which sliced through Mansfield's defence, with Kitson revelling in the extra space.

He fed Constable to turn and let fly with a shot which Marriott tipped over while Williams headed just over after an excellent run and cross from Tom Newey.

But while it was 2-1, Mansfield remained a threat.

Jake Speight had a fierce shot tipped over by Clarke, who then presented the hosts with a chance on 64 minutes.

A ball over the top saw the keeper come out to punch, but the ball went straight to Sam Clucas. The midfielder rounded Clarke, but with four purple shirts on the line he shot wide.

Within two minutes United finally had the comfort of a two-goal cushion.

It came from another slick move started by Kitson. The striker's ball inside the full back was perfect for Rigg, who squared to give Williams a deserved goal.

The strike knocked the stuffing out of Mansfield, allowing the visitors to run the clock down with a session of keep ball.

With leaders Fleetwood losing at Northampton, the victory sent Chris Wilder's men back to the top of the pile.

Oxford Utd: Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Mullins, Newey, Williams, Whing (Hall 19), Rose, Rigg (Ruffels 78), Kitson, Smalley (Constable 45).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Bevans, O'Dowda, Davies.

Mansfield Town: Marriott, Beevers, Sutton, Dempster, Jennings (Meikle 72), Clucas, Howell, McGuire, Daniel, Stevenson (Murtagh 85), Speight.

Unused subs: Deakin, Pilkington, McCombe, Andrew, Rhead.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

Attendance: 3,831 (769 visitors).

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5:02pm Sat 16 Nov 13

oldun says...

Very well done, United - and very well done Chris and coaches - top three at the end of the season is all that matters (avoid the play off lottery).

Very well done JC - we should have taken that enormous offer for Rovers - but well done to you on your goals.

I expect that I won't read the rest of the posts - even though most will be very good.

Thumbs down.

Come on United - win the next League match!
Very well done, United - and very well done Chris and coaches - top three at the end of the season is all that matters (avoid the play off lottery). Very well done JC - we should have taken that enormous offer for Rovers - but well done to you on your goals. I expect that I won't read the rest of the posts - even though most will be very good. Thumbs down. Come on United - win the next League match! oldun

5:04pm Sat 16 Nov 13

oldun says...

Not FOR Rovers - FROM Rovers!! Those senior moments , Have a great week, all.
Not FOR Rovers - FROM Rovers!! Those senior moments , Have a great week, all. oldun

5:18pm Sat 16 Nov 13

BenkiuGuasu says...

Build it up with yellow and blue...
Build it up with yellow and blue... BenkiuGuasu

5:52pm Sat 16 Nov 13

Yellowlines says...

Well done boys, and give Kitson more respect at home.
Well done boys, and give Kitson more respect at home. Yellowlines

9:41pm Sat 16 Nov 13

BigAlBiker says...

Excellent result, bring that form to home games and we would be untouchable.

COYY
Excellent result, bring that form to home games and we would be untouchable. COYY BigAlBiker

9:26am Sun 17 Nov 13

adlibber says...

Imagine if the New Manor (K***** doesn't deserve the publicity) Stadium's pitch was so badly sabotaged that we had to play all our fixtures away from home for rest of the season? Champions by Feb.

Good win let's hope this won't be undone by another dismal home performance. I'm impressed by the way we are riding our luck. Someone somewhere is looking out for us with their red card for the opposition trickery.
Imagine if the New Manor (K***** doesn't deserve the publicity) Stadium's pitch was so badly sabotaged that we had to play all our fixtures away from home for rest of the season? Champions by Feb. Good win let's hope this won't be undone by another dismal home performance. I'm impressed by the way we are riding our luck. Someone somewhere is looking out for us with their red card for the opposition trickery. adlibber

11:06am Sun 17 Nov 13

Joe1 says...

Firstly, well done ALL those fantastic supporters who travelled North!!!!
It is all so strange, not being able to score & win more Home games. It surely must be down to pressure on the team at Home. It can't be that "CURSE" after the Bishop blessed the ground. Perhaps the team just don't enjoy playing at a ground they don't own? Perhaps the name should be changed to the "New Manor"?
We done yesterday!!!!
Firstly, well done ALL those fantastic supporters who travelled North!!!! It is all so strange, not being able to score & win more Home games. It surely must be down to pressure on the team at Home. It can't be that "CURSE" after the Bishop blessed the ground. Perhaps the team just don't enjoy playing at a ground they don't own? Perhaps the name should be changed to the "New Manor"? We done yesterday!!!! Joe1

1:33pm Sun 17 Nov 13

BenkiuGuasu says...

Joe1 wrote:
Firstly, well done ALL those fantastic supporters who travelled North!!!!
It is all so strange, not being able to score & win more Home games. It surely must be down to pressure on the team at Home. It can't be that "CURSE" after the Bishop blessed the ground. Perhaps the team just don't enjoy playing at a ground they don't own? Perhaps the name should be changed to the "New Manor"?
We done yesterday!!!!
TIme to turn the new manor into a fortress of NOISE and POSITIVE VIBRATIONS YEEEAAAHHHHHHH ..... POSITIVE.......GOT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME.....
[quote][p][bold]Joe1[/bold] wrote: Firstly, well done ALL those fantastic supporters who travelled North!!!! It is all so strange, not being able to score & win more Home games. It surely must be down to pressure on the team at Home. It can't be that "CURSE" after the Bishop blessed the ground. Perhaps the team just don't enjoy playing at a ground they don't own? Perhaps the name should be changed to the "New Manor"? We done yesterday!!!![/p][/quote]TIme to turn the new manor into a fortress of NOISE and POSITIVE VIBRATIONS YEEEAAAHHHHHHH ..... POSITIVE.......GOT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME..... BenkiuGuasu

4:36pm Sun 17 Nov 13

martico1 says...

Only my second away game, after Cheltenham - really should do it more often.
This was exhilarating stuff, with all 14 putting in a great performance from start to finish. Mansfield were no mugs going forward we hade to fight at times, and we did. Fantastic to hear CW's Yellow Army keeping up the chanting, no least for the manager (who clearly appreciated it): how can anyone doubt him
on the strength of this performance? One of the best games I've been at for years. If the Ginja Ninja could just add a few goals to his all-round class, life would be perfect (well almost: another silly booking....)
Only my second away game, after Cheltenham - really should do it more often. This was exhilarating stuff, with all 14 putting in a great performance from start to finish. Mansfield were no mugs going forward we hade to fight at times, and we did. Fantastic to hear CW's Yellow Army keeping up the chanting, no least for the manager (who clearly appreciated it): how can anyone doubt him on the strength of this performance? One of the best games I've been at for years. If the Ginja Ninja could just add a few goals to his all-round class, life would be perfect (well almost: another silly booking....) martico1

8:59pm Sun 17 Nov 13

disco80 says...

great result !!! great performance!!!! and kitson is way too good for us i dont care if he doesnt score, two great passes lead to two goals who can argue with that. He jumps for a header with arms up or down and its a foul, the refs are useless he cant win. Some fans dont seem to see what he does he has never scored loads of goals every year in his career anyway. Can we lay off him a bit more. Williams was brilliant yesterday and getting better and better , Potter needs to take note, williams is by far more of a threat going forward rather than head down Potter running into the corners. Come on you YELLOWS fans , lets get the Kassam rocking. Everyone clap and sing like at pompey , come on we can play our part.
great result !!! great performance!!!! and kitson is way too good for us i dont care if he doesnt score, two great passes lead to two goals who can argue with that. He jumps for a header with arms up or down and its a foul, the refs are useless he cant win. Some fans dont seem to see what he does he has never scored loads of goals every year in his career anyway. Can we lay off him a bit more. Williams was brilliant yesterday and getting better and better , Potter needs to take note, williams is by far more of a threat going forward rather than head down Potter running into the corners. Come on you YELLOWS fans , lets get the Kassam rocking. Everyone clap and sing like at pompey , come on we can play our part. disco80

9:40pm Sun 17 Nov 13

Richard Wickson says...

disco80 wrote:
great result !!! great performance!!!! and kitson is way too good for us i dont care if he doesnt score, two great passes lead to two goals who can argue with that. He jumps for a header with arms up or down and its a foul, the refs are useless he cant win. Some fans dont seem to see what he does he has never scored loads of goals every year in his career anyway. Can we lay off him a bit more. Williams was brilliant yesterday and getting better and better , Potter needs to take note, williams is by far more of a threat going forward rather than head down Potter running into the corners. Come on you YELLOWS fans , lets get the Kassam rocking. Everyone clap and sing like at pompey , come on we can play our part.
Williams is a class act, a hard act for Potter to follow. The observation you make about his head up runs is the big difference between the two, I just hope we can keep him longer, he wants to stay but will Fulham allow it, let's hope they can be persuaded, by playing regularly he well get even better and realise his potential.
[quote][p][bold]disco80[/bold] wrote: great result !!! great performance!!!! and kitson is way too good for us i dont care if he doesnt score, two great passes lead to two goals who can argue with that. He jumps for a header with arms up or down and its a foul, the refs are useless he cant win. Some fans dont seem to see what he does he has never scored loads of goals every year in his career anyway. Can we lay off him a bit more. Williams was brilliant yesterday and getting better and better , Potter needs to take note, williams is by far more of a threat going forward rather than head down Potter running into the corners. Come on you YELLOWS fans , lets get the Kassam rocking. Everyone clap and sing like at pompey , come on we can play our part.[/p][/quote]Williams is a class act, a hard act for Potter to follow. The observation you make about his head up runs is the big difference between the two, I just hope we can keep him longer, he wants to stay but will Fulham allow it, let's hope they can be persuaded, by playing regularly he well get even better and realise his potential. Richard Wickson

10:43pm Sun 17 Nov 13

87oufc says...

I have noticed the Kitson boo boys haven't said anything.
Kitson is in a different league compared with some League two players.
It's unfortunate that the boo boys confuse a laid back approach to laziness and lack of desire. I think you'd soon notice a player when he is lazy and Kitson isn't one of them.
A lazy player doesn't doesn't express his views like Kitson does. A lazy player doesn't set up two goals in a single game like Kitson does (and rather smoothly if you ask me. Three of his flicks have led to goals)
We do not want to drive a player like Kitson out of the club. He brings talent, experience, smoothness and the possibility of other well named players who Dave has met through the years. Himself and Williams are a phenomenal line up.
It is clear Kitson cares about this club and he is a very laid back player and, for me, this brings the best out of a player. They can have fun with their football, a la Kitson. Surely you want a player to play in a relaxed fashion, a mind set where they won't make irrational decisions.
I have noticed the Kitson boo boys haven't said anything. Kitson is in a different league compared with some League two players. It's unfortunate that the boo boys confuse a laid back approach to laziness and lack of desire. I think you'd soon notice a player when he is lazy and Kitson isn't one of them. A lazy player doesn't doesn't express his views like Kitson does. A lazy player doesn't set up two goals in a single game like Kitson does (and rather smoothly if you ask me. Three of his flicks have led to goals) We do not want to drive a player like Kitson out of the club. He brings talent, experience, smoothness and the possibility of other well named players who Dave has met through the years. Himself and Williams are a phenomenal line up. It is clear Kitson cares about this club and he is a very laid back player and, for me, this brings the best out of a player. They can have fun with their football, a la Kitson. Surely you want a player to play in a relaxed fashion, a mind set where they won't make irrational decisions. 87oufc

9:29am Mon 18 Nov 13

Richard Wickson says...

87oufc wrote:
I have noticed the Kitson boo boys haven't said anything.
Kitson is in a different league compared with some League two players.
It's unfortunate that the boo boys confuse a laid back approach to laziness and lack of desire. I think you'd soon notice a player when he is lazy and Kitson isn't one of them.
A lazy player doesn't doesn't express his views like Kitson does. A lazy player doesn't set up two goals in a single game like Kitson does (and rather smoothly if you ask me. Three of his flicks have led to goals)
We do not want to drive a player like Kitson out of the club. He brings talent, experience, smoothness and the possibility of other well named players who Dave has met through the years. Himself and Williams are a phenomenal line up.
It is clear Kitson cares about this club and he is a very laid back player and, for me, this brings the best out of a player. They can have fun with their football, a la Kitson. Surely you want a player to play in a relaxed fashion, a mind set where they won't make irrational decisions.
Good points well made. I am not his biggest fan, I think it's taken him a long time to adjust to our type of football and constant changes from CW. However he has stood out of late particularly in away games where, despite Wilders assertions we aren't, we are set up to go for the win. On Saturday he was head and shoulders above all others on the pitch.and in my opinion the big difference between the two teams.
[quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: I have noticed the Kitson boo boys haven't said anything. Kitson is in a different league compared with some League two players. It's unfortunate that the boo boys confuse a laid back approach to laziness and lack of desire. I think you'd soon notice a player when he is lazy and Kitson isn't one of them. A lazy player doesn't doesn't express his views like Kitson does. A lazy player doesn't set up two goals in a single game like Kitson does (and rather smoothly if you ask me. Three of his flicks have led to goals) We do not want to drive a player like Kitson out of the club. He brings talent, experience, smoothness and the possibility of other well named players who Dave has met through the years. Himself and Williams are a phenomenal line up. It is clear Kitson cares about this club and he is a very laid back player and, for me, this brings the best out of a player. They can have fun with their football, a la Kitson. Surely you want a player to play in a relaxed fashion, a mind set where they won't make irrational decisions.[/p][/quote]Good points well made. I am not his biggest fan, I think it's taken him a long time to adjust to our type of football and constant changes from CW. However he has stood out of late particularly in away games where, despite Wilders assertions we aren't, we are set up to go for the win. On Saturday he was head and shoulders above all others on the pitch.and in my opinion the big difference between the two teams. Richard Wickson

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