Oxford Utd 3 (Constable 15, Rigg 24, Williams 31) Morecambe 0

A SUPERB spell in the first half gave Oxford United a very welcome win in front of their own fans to stay top of Sky Bet League Two.

James Constable scored his 101st goal for the club from short range after a quarter of an hour and the rampant hosts followed it up with two more in the following 16 minutes.

Ryan Williams set up Sean Rigg to double the lead before the Australian, on loan from Fulham, scored the third with a cool finish.

Morecambe came into the game after the break as United looked to first and foremost preserve their advantage.

The closest the visitors came to a goal was a shot from Jack Sampson which hit the outside of the post.

Oxford Mail:

  • James Constable makes it 1-0

But United were more than good value for their victory, only the third at the Kassam this season, which kept them top of the division.

There were no surprises on the team sheet, with U's boss Chris Wilder picking the side which had impressed in the second half at Mansfield a week earlier.

Asa Hall and Constable replaced the injured Andy Whing and Deane Smalley, just as they had during the 3-1 win at Field Mill.

The game started with a bang, as both sides gifted the other a glorious chance to score.

In the fourth minute, Shrimps goalkeeper Barry Roche played Stewart Drummond into trouble 25 yards out. Dave Kitson tackled the midfielder and instead of shooting himself the striker's attempted lay-off for Williams fell to Constable, who shot over on the turn.

Morecambe then had a great chance themselves, as U's skipper Johnny Mullins allowed a long ball over his head. The defender left it for goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, but it was not strong enough and Kevin Ellison went through, only to see his shot deflected over by David Hunt.

After escaping, United went on to deliver their best spell of the season at home, scoring three goals in quick succession.

The action began in the 15th minute, when Michael Raynes met Hunt's free-kick with a powerful header which was well parried by Roche, but Constable was in the right place to bundle home.

If there was an element of fortune with the first goal, the next two were all about United's attacking quality.

On 24 minutes, Williams sprung the offside trap to race on to a Hunt pass and he went on to slide a perfectly-timed pass to give Rigg a tap-in at full flow.

Oxford Mail:

  • Sean Rigg makes it 2-0

Morecambe's patient, possession-based approach proved their undoing with the third goal.

Hall, who had been excellent, intercepted a pass on the halfway line and strode forward. He fed the lively Williams, who took a moment to steady himself before dinking a delicate finish over Roche.

It was a terrific period for the home side, who came close to a fourth goal when Hall's flicked header at a corner came back off the bar.

Morecambe had come back from three goals down at half time to beat Chesterfield 4-3 in October and they began the second half brightly.

Clarke spilled a Ryan Williams free-kick but the goalkeeper reacted well to block Ellison's follow-up shot.

Just before the hour a neat move teed up Jack Sampson, whose low shot beat Clarke but cannoned off the post and bounced clear.

The visitors were again caught in possession in their own half, allowing United to quickly move the ball and set up Rigg.

The winger's shot was saved, but the exertion saw him go down in pain and he was quickly replaced by Callum O'Dowda.

Morecambe continued to have more of the ball, but struggled to get in behind a well organised defence.

Oxford Mail:

  • Ryan Williams makes it 3-0

They were limited to efforts from long range, which Clarke was able to deal with relatively comfortably.

As the minutes ebbed away so did the visitors' hopes of finding a way back into the game and United saw out the closing stages comfortably.

Oxford Utd: Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Mullins, Newey, Williams (Davies 85), Hall, Rose, Rigg (O'Dowda 66), Kitson (Marsh 89), Constable.

Unused subs: Crocombe, Long, Bevans, Ruffels.

Morecambe: Roche, Wright, Hughes, Parrish (McCready 86), Diagne, Drummond, Fleming, Amond, Williams, Ellison (Redshaw 78), Sampson (Marshall 62).

Unused subs: Arestidou, Threlfall, Kenyon, Mwasile.

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

Attendance: 4,871 (92 visitors).

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5:40pm Sat 23 Nov 13

Yellowlines says...

Well done boys.. Nice to see the applause for Dave Kitson. Hope the crowds start coming back.
Well done boys.. Nice to see the applause for Dave Kitson. Hope the crowds start coming back. Yellowlines

6:51pm Sat 23 Nov 13

oldun says...

Top three - all that matters. Well done to all at the club

Pathetic attendance - this win might bring some of the stay aways back
Top three - all that matters. Well done to all at the club Pathetic attendance - this win might bring some of the stay aways back oldun

8:00pm Sat 23 Nov 13

Brenda Jackson says...

Very encouraging display, after a marvellous 45 minutes and three goals to the good the U's did a Professional job, yes we all wanted to see more attacking and goals but all that matters is we got the points and remain top!!
Although not a fan of the manager he's doing a very good job and deserves the backing of the Board, with the ever increasing injury list they should dig deep and find the funds for another 2/3 players.
Hopefully we will still be top of the tree come Christmas!!
Very encouraging display, after a marvellous 45 minutes and three goals to the good the U's did a Professional job, yes we all wanted to see more attacking and goals but all that matters is we got the points and remain top!! Although not a fan of the manager he's doing a very good job and deserves the backing of the Board, with the ever increasing injury list they should dig deep and find the funds for another 2/3 players. Hopefully we will still be top of the tree come Christmas!! Brenda Jackson

8:17pm Sat 23 Nov 13

dave from witney says...

Glad we are playing with some width at last. Attendance was poor, however after some dreadful home perfomances this year, many have lost the will to turn up in freezing conditions and take a chance on how Wilder will set the team up. A few more performances like this and maybe the missing fans will return.
Glad we are playing with some width at last. Attendance was poor, however after some dreadful home perfomances this year, many have lost the will to turn up in freezing conditions and take a chance on how Wilder will set the team up. A few more performances like this and maybe the missing fans will return. dave from witney

10:24pm Sat 23 Nov 13

dorsetyellows says...

If the good football people that support oxford really want our club to grow and succeed in a higher division, then they will need to turn up in much greater numbers in the march to get their.
If the good football people that support oxford really want our club to grow and succeed in a higher division, then they will need to turn up in much greater numbers in the march to get their. dorsetyellows

9:23am Sun 24 Nov 13

horsham says...

I can't recall a time when a team that is top of a division continues to have dwindling attendances, it should be the other way around with increasing gates. I've seen the games against Chesterfield and Gateshead and partly understand why this is so.

Hopefully this convincing home win will help get some people back.
I can't recall a time when a team that is top of a division continues to have dwindling attendances, it should be the other way around with increasing gates. I've seen the games against Chesterfield and Gateshead and partly understand why this is so. Hopefully this convincing home win will help get some people back. horsham

10:39am Sun 24 Nov 13

87oufc says...

dave from witney wrote:
Glad we are playing with some width at last. Attendance was poor, however after some dreadful home perfomances this year, many have lost the will to turn up in freezing conditions and take a chance on how Wilder will set the team up. A few more performances like this and maybe the missing fans will return.
Exactly, the inconsistent performances and decisions, I think, have caused us issues. As a consequence the crowds have lessened.
Us as fans only want the best from the club! Unfortunately when the proverbial hits the fan, the last thing we want to see is the club doing poorly and as a result we don't turn up - this is irrational thinking - but only natural.
Using the OUFC website which lists previous seasons fixture list, it is clear to see attendances of almost 8,000 for games like today.
The difference between now and then is we are top of the table with gates of less than 4,800! That is abysmal for this club, compared to previous seasons. But those really inconsistent games at home with the strange tactical decisions have cost the attendance.
Will the backroom staff act over the transfer window? I think up until then, they will make a decision that reflects how the home games improve and thus the attendance.
Unfortunately for the backroom staff, and as irrational as it sounds, the attendance is a function of performance.
[quote][p][bold]dave from witney[/bold] wrote: Glad we are playing with some width at last. Attendance was poor, however after some dreadful home perfomances this year, many have lost the will to turn up in freezing conditions and take a chance on how Wilder will set the team up. A few more performances like this and maybe the missing fans will return.[/p][/quote]Exactly, the inconsistent performances and decisions, I think, have caused us issues. As a consequence the crowds have lessened. Us as fans only want the best from the club! Unfortunately when the proverbial hits the fan, the last thing we want to see is the club doing poorly and as a result we don't turn up - this is irrational thinking - but only natural. Using the OUFC website which lists previous seasons fixture list, it is clear to see attendances of almost 8,000 for games like today. The difference between now and then is we are top of the table with gates of less than 4,800! That is abysmal for this club, compared to previous seasons. But those really inconsistent games at home with the strange tactical decisions have cost the attendance. Will the backroom staff act over the transfer window? I think up until then, they will make a decision that reflects how the home games improve and thus the attendance. Unfortunately for the backroom staff, and as irrational as it sounds, the attendance is a function of performance. 87oufc

2:08pm Sun 24 Nov 13

WindsorYellow says...

I can see why people are staying away!
As our home record is **** poor. However, with a few more good performances. And wins under our belt, I'm sure the stay aways will return? Me included.
I can see why people are staying away! As our home record is **** poor. However, with a few more good performances. And wins under our belt, I'm sure the stay aways will return? Me included. WindsorYellow

8:58pm Sun 24 Nov 13

South Upper 87 says...

The worry is it's not only the casual or regular 'gate payer' that is staying away. There are many season ticket holders that have given up and are missing most weeks.
The worry is it's not only the casual or regular 'gate payer' that is staying away. There are many season ticket holders that have given up and are missing most weeks. South Upper 87

9:15pm Sun 24 Nov 13

Brenda Jackson says...

Not being funny, but can you 'like' or vote for yourself on here? Just that some posts have a large number of 'likes' while being, imo, not particularly likeable!

:)
Not being funny, but can you 'like' or vote for yourself on here? Just that some posts have a large number of 'likes' while being, imo, not particularly likeable! :) Brenda Jackson

6:35am Mon 25 Nov 13

adlibber says...

It was a decent win and long overdue but being my usual cynical self this win will mean nothing if we don't sustain an lengthy unbeaten home run. Agree with Horsham re falling gates yet top of the league. I'm not a fan of Wilder at all because he keeps repeating his mistakes but maybe this fine win might change his mind about how we play our football. He can't make excuses for injuries any more given the performance against Morecambe.

This league is wide open and any one of 12 teams could stretch away at the top if they can put a decent run together. I hope that team is us but I won't uncross my fingers until April.
It was a decent win and long overdue but being my usual cynical self this win will mean nothing if we don't sustain an lengthy unbeaten home run. Agree with Horsham re falling gates yet top of the league. I'm not a fan of Wilder at all because he keeps repeating his mistakes but maybe this fine win might change his mind about how we play our football. He can't make excuses for injuries any more given the performance against Morecambe. This league is wide open and any one of 12 teams could stretch away at the top if they can put a decent run together. I hope that team is us but I won't uncross my fingers until April. adlibber

10:03am Mon 25 Nov 13

GRB says...

It's no coincidence that our home attendances are poor but our away support has been very good. Our home form has been very poor for 18 months now but if we can turn it around then people will start coming back.
It's no coincidence that our home attendances are poor but our away support has been very good. Our home form has been very poor for 18 months now but if we can turn it around then people will start coming back. GRB

5:15pm Tue 26 Nov 13

Happy09 says...

If you dont turnup, the club dont get the cah to put into the club, so it ant aford to u in new players to replace those injured, if you realy wnt the club to succeed, go to the games, or are you those fans tat change ther support eah year to who ever wins the FA Cup, or chapions leage.
If you dont turnup, the club dont get the cah to put into the club, so it ant aford to u in new players to replace those injured, if you realy wnt the club to succeed, go to the games, or are you those fans tat change ther support eah year to who ever wins the FA Cup, or chapions leage. Happy09

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