We needed an early goal, says Oxford United defender Michael Raynes

Michael Raynes challenges keeper Michael Ingham for a high ball

Michael Raynes challenges keeper Michael Ingham for a high ball

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OXFORD United’s players are well aware of frustration from supporters, but they are trying to do the right things, according to Michael Raynes, writes DAVID PRITCHARD.

There was disappointment again on Saturday, as the U’s failed to break down a stubborn York City side, who earned a goalless draw.

It extended the side’s indifferent record at the Kassam Stadium, where the home fans have cheered just six wins from 16 league games all season.

A few boos greeted the final whistle and Raynes acknowledged the dissatisfaction from supporters, although the defender reiterated how difficult it was to play on a poor pitch.

“I know people get frustrated, we hear it,” he said.

“We want to do the right things, we wish we could all play like Barcelona every week and pop the ball around, but you can’t do it on here.

“We’re trying to get the ball forward early and get a goal, but we couldn’t break them down.

“If we got one, the floodgates would have opened because they would have had to come out.

“I don’t think it was a bad performance, we tried to do it right, but it just didn’t happen.”

United’s main problem was a lack of quality in the final third, on an afternoon where clear-cut chances were at a premium.

At the other end, Raynes and the rest of the defence had few problems in keeping a second successive clean sheet.

But the 25-year-old admitted the Minstermen were far more content with the result.

He said: “They set their stall out and are happier with a point, obviously – we’re at home and need to be winning games.

“But if you look at the bigger picture we’ve taken four points from two games after winning at Plymouth last week (1-0) and then taking a point at home on a horrible wicket.”

He added: “I think it’s a good team clean sheet.

“The conditions out there were dreadful and it’s not going to go down as the prettiest game of football in the world.”

  • OXFORD United have been drawn against Banbury United in the semi-finals of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup.

North Leigh or Thame will face Oxford City in the other clash, with both games to be played on neutral grounds.

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11:24am Mon 25 Feb 13

BigAlBiker says...

Ahh Mr Raynes, him with the big boot, hoofball he plays, because it's nothing like football as we know it.
Ahh Mr Raynes, him with the big boot, hoofball he plays, because it's nothing like football as we know it. BigAlBiker
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11:30am Mon 25 Feb 13

Doctor69 says...

A goal at any point would do, early or late.
Also was it the pitches fault we lost so many 50 50 balls, or failed to make challenges in the middle of the park? I think not.

Keep the excuses coming, we will keep the boos coming back at you.
A goal at any point would do, early or late. Also was it the pitches fault we lost so many 50 50 balls, or failed to make challenges in the middle of the park? I think not. Keep the excuses coming, we will keep the boos coming back at you. Doctor69
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1:00pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Manor Born says...

Stop using the ptich as an excuse for yet another inadequate performance. The girls managed to pass it around without too much trouble on Sunday.
Stop using the ptich as an excuse for yet another inadequate performance. The girls managed to pass it around without too much trouble on Sunday. Manor Born
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3:52pm Mon 25 Feb 13

bigchet says...

NO FURTHER COMMENT FROM ME ABOUT SATS POOR PERFORMANCE BUT ON A DIFFERENT SUBJECT CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN WHY THE BRADFORD KEEPER WAS SENT OFF WHEN HE CONCEDED THE PENALTY, WHILST IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE JOE HART WAS ALLOWED TO STAY ON AND MAKE A VITAL SAVE. DO THEY OPERATE UNDER DIFFERENT RULES?
NO FURTHER COMMENT FROM ME ABOUT SATS POOR PERFORMANCE BUT ON A DIFFERENT SUBJECT CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN WHY THE BRADFORD KEEPER WAS SENT OFF WHEN HE CONCEDED THE PENALTY, WHILST IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE JOE HART WAS ALLOWED TO STAY ON AND MAKE A VITAL SAVE. DO THEY OPERATE UNDER DIFFERENT RULES? bigchet
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