Oxford United 2 (Forster-Caskey pen 54, Potter 63) Exeter City 4 (Cureton 11 & 50, Bennett 26, O'Flynn 72)

OXFORD United's unbeaten home record came to an end as Exeter City made the most of their chances to claim maximum points.

The visitors' counter-attacking game plan worked perfectly as a Jamie Cureton brace and one from Scott Bennett gave them a 3-0 lead early in the second half.

United roared back into the game with a penalty from Jake Forster-Caskey and Alfie Potter's second goal in four days to give them hope of avoiding defeat.

But John O'Flynn's well-taken goal restored the two-goal cushion and the hosts' hopes disappeared altogether when substitute James Constable was sent off for two bookings late on.

After changing the side around for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in midweek, U's boss Chris Wilder reverted to the side which started the defeat at York.

Potter, Deane Smalley, Sean Rigg and Simon Heslop were all recalled, while Peter Leven made a surprise return to the bench.

City's game plan was clear from the opening minute, as they sat back looking to soak up United's attacks and hit them on the break.

Potter carved out the opening chance, spinning away from his marker and bursting into the box, but with two teammates well placed he scuffed a shot at goalkeeper Artur Krysiak.

City had barely been in the U's half when, on 11 minutes, they took the lead. A quick counter-attack saw Cureton advance virtually unopposed, before the veteran found the top corner from 20 yards.

Rigg had two efforts blocked and Simon Heslop trickled a shot wide as United attempted to find a quick equaliser.

But instead City extended their lead on 26 minutes in controversial circumstances.

The visitors were awarded a corner, despite Ryan Clarke's protests he had caught the ball without it going over the line. When the set piece was delivered Bennett got in front of his marker to bury a header into the net.

The goals did not alter the pattern of the game.

United got in plenty of encouraging positions, particularly out wide, but could not convert them into chances.

The referee awarded them a penalty 11 minutes before the break when Rigg was brought down by Kevin Amankwaah, but instantly cancelled the decision after spotting an offside flag against the U's winger.

Smalley tested Krysiak with a low shot early in the second half, but on 50 minutes United fell further behind.

A smart touch from Cureton nutmegged Michael Raynes and the veteran striker ran on to tuck a finish past Clarke, who got a hand to the shot.

The game looked over, but United gave themselves a lifeline within four minutes.

Damian Batt was upended by Craig Woodman in the penalty area and Forster-Caskey coolly dispatched from 12 yards to pull a goal back.

Hope turned into belief just after the hour mark, when United made it 3-2.

Krysiak came and missed Adam Chapman's free kick and when Jon-Paul Pittman headed back across goal Potter helped the ball into the net.

Smalley should have equalised within four minutes, when Pittman set up the striker, who stooped to head over from six yards.

It proved a costly miss, as City made the most of the let-off to score a fourth goal.

O'Flynn, who had caused problems all afternoon, got the better of Jake Wright and went on to beat Clarke.

United's challenge was ended eight minutes from time when they were reduced to ten men.

Constable, who had not long been on the pitch, picked up two soft bookings in as many minutes to leave the hosts a man down.

The game remained open until the final whistle, but Exeter comfortably held on for victory.

United: Clarke, Batt, Raynes, Wright, Capaldi, Heslop (Craddock 54), Chapman, Forster-Caskey, Potter, Smalley (Constable 72), Rigg (Pittman 60).

Unused subs: Brown, McGinty, Leven, Boateng.

City: Krysiak, Amankwaah, Baldwin, Coles, Woodman, Sercombe, Bennett, Oakley, Davies, O'Flynn (Doherty 84), Cureton (Bauza 57).

Unused subs: Tully, Keohane, Evans, Chanberlain, Moore-Taylor.

Attendance: 6,405 (695 visitors)

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5:33pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Chish and Fips says...

Bump ..Welcome back down to earth ...
Bump ..Welcome back down to earth ... Chish and Fips

5:35pm Sat 8 Sep 12

oldun says...

Thanks, Constable - another stupid red. United must not be discouraged - although it was so disappointing. Get back into the top three.
Thanks, Constable - another stupid red. United must not be discouraged - although it was so disappointing. Get back into the top three. oldun

5:37pm Sat 8 Sep 12

Joe1 says...

We are a very ordinary second division team . Exeter are one of the teams would have needed to beat to stand any chance of promotion. They seemed to beat us with ease today. Our forward ,Smalley missed a glorious chance in the second half. If you can't score goals at home then the signs are poor.

CW improve your methods or get out. I never thought that I would ever say that.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
We are a very ordinary second division team . Exeter are one of the teams would have needed to beat to stand any chance of promotion. They seemed to beat us with ease today. Our forward ,Smalley missed a glorious chance in the second half. If you can't score goals at home then the signs are poor. CW improve your methods or get out. I never thought that I would ever say that. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1

5:38pm Sat 8 Sep 12

oldun says...

Back down -? We lost our last important match - at York
Back down -? We lost our last important match - at York oldun

5:38pm Sat 8 Sep 12

oldun says...

Back down -? We lost our last important match - at York
Back down -? We lost our last important match - at York oldun

5:39pm Sat 8 Sep 12

oldun says...

Fourth division - sadly
Fourth division - sadly oldun

10:37pm Sat 8 Sep 12

oldun says...

Lee Cook - bless him - was at primary school with my daughter - scored about ten goals a match for his under 11 team - but none was as enjoyable to me as the one he netted today. Reminds me of Grazioli - his headed own goal put us in front in the second half on the day we last went up to the second tier (too long ago) - and his goal knocked Swindon out of the FA Cup when with a non league club (Stevenage?) . And yes, chish I am very disappointed with our performance today - and I envy your clubs status - and history
Lee Cook - bless him - was at primary school with my daughter - scored about ten goals a match for his under 11 team - but none was as enjoyable to me as the one he netted today. Reminds me of Grazioli - his headed own goal put us in front in the second half on the day we last went up to the second tier (too long ago) - and his goal knocked Swindon out of the FA Cup when with a non league club (Stevenage?) . And yes, chish I am very disappointed with our performance today - and I envy your clubs status - and history oldun

6:12am Sun 9 Sep 12

Chish and Fips says...

Yes we remember Cureton too at Swindon - was not the greatest of signings, but he's still finding the onion bag , we actually signed Grazoli and he was a good player in his day.
Yep L Orient , came, saw and conquered yesterday and they were in the mood for it, we played again like a team lacking.

Good ol JC - classic performance again yesterday I see - is he working his ticket out your of lot - seems nothing he does is right now.

Yes like you and Lee Cook, Cureton is in my good books oldun - star player yesterday - touché as they say.
Yes we remember Cureton too at Swindon - was not the greatest of signings, but he's still finding the onion bag , we actually signed Grazoli and he was a good player in his day. Yep L Orient , came, saw and conquered yesterday and they were in the mood for it, we played again like a team lacking. Good ol JC - classic performance again yesterday I see - is he working his ticket out your of lot - seems nothing he does is right now. Yes like you and Lee Cook, Cureton is in my good books oldun - star player yesterday - touché as they say. Chish and Fips

6:51am Sun 9 Sep 12

adlibber says...

Constable appears to be doing everything he can to be sold and playing under a manager so inept I can understand why. Wilder has to go the bizarre turnaround within 5 league matches particularly with the defence is down to the managers Pan A or nothing approach to games.

We appear to be in exactly the same position as last year where we will win a couple lose several and repeat until we reach mid table mediocrity. I'm bored with Wilders excuses and frustrated at the erratic performances of a team who appear rudderless under Wilder.
Constable appears to be doing everything he can to be sold and playing under a manager so inept I can understand why. Wilder has to go the bizarre turnaround within 5 league matches particularly with the defence is down to the managers Pan A or nothing approach to games. We appear to be in exactly the same position as last year where we will win a couple lose several and repeat until we reach mid table mediocrity. I'm bored with Wilders excuses and frustrated at the erratic performances of a team who appear rudderless under Wilder. adlibber

6:52am Sun 9 Sep 12

oldun says...

Cook, Cureton? - narr Grazioli is the man - headed own goal in the second half gives us the lead in the second half of a must win last day game - and as a non league player scores the only goal at the County Ground to knock STFC out of the Cup - top that
Cook, Cureton? - narr Grazioli is the man - headed own goal in the second half gives us the lead in the second half of a must win last day game - and as a non league player scores the only goal at the County Ground to knock STFC out of the Cup - top that oldun

7:56am Sun 9 Sep 12

Chish and Fips says...

Can remember that day against Stevenage - was there - it was a very windy day so strong can remember the goalie kicked the ball out against the wind and it was blown back for a corner kick.. Graz was a good player. glad he helped you lot as well. I think he's in the back-room at Barnet now. not sure.
Can remember that day against Stevenage - was there - it was a very windy day so strong can remember the goalie kicked the ball out against the wind and it was blown back for a corner kick.. Graz was a good player. glad he helped you lot as well. I think he's in the back-room at Barnet now. not sure. Chish and Fips

8:17am Sun 9 Sep 12

oldun says...

That day, we were heavily beaten in the FA Cup at Elland Road by a very much referee aided Leeds (in the early minutes he awarded a 'now way' pen to Leeds and in a separate incident bizarrely and harshly sent off one of our players - Martin Gray, I think). Hearing the announcement of your defeat at home to a non league side did not seem to appease the angry U's faithful.
That day, we were heavily beaten in the FA Cup at Elland Road by a very much referee aided Leeds (in the early minutes he awarded a 'now way' pen to Leeds and in a separate incident bizarrely and harshly sent off one of our players - Martin Gray, I think). Hearing the announcement of your defeat at home to a non league side did not seem to appease the angry U's faithful. oldun

9:45am Sun 9 Sep 12

New Manor rename says...

Worst thing about the defeat to Exeter is that there is no way now that Coventry will want Wilder. Our best chance was after 3 games. Now his luck has run out it looks like we're stuck with him.
Worst thing about the defeat to Exeter is that there is no way now that Coventry will want Wilder. Our best chance was after 3 games. Now his luck has run out it looks like we're stuck with him. New Manor rename

9:52am Sun 9 Sep 12

oldun says...

Quiet - you will soon get abuse from those who will say that he took us to 3rd place (and promotion ) from the mighty Conference - not as high a finish as in our first season among 'village clubs' . Last season (10th if Vale had not had points deducted) and this we are being dominated by much smaller clubs - time for CW to go. Yes we had so many poor managers in our previous stint in Div 4 - but we did much better under Adkins. Constable - scored many goals in a winning Conference team
Quiet - you will soon get abuse from those who will say that he took us to 3rd place (and promotion ) from the mighty Conference - not as high a finish as in our first season among 'village clubs' . Last season (10th if Vale had not had points deducted) and this we are being dominated by much smaller clubs - time for CW to go. Yes we had so many poor managers in our previous stint in Div 4 - but we did much better under Adkins. Constable - scored many goals in a winning Conference team oldun

10:33am Sun 9 Sep 12

horsham says...

I think you are all forgetting the key players that are out with injuries; Whing, Duberry, Worley and Davis. Leven seems to be on the way back.

I'm sure, given that the players above were fit, then CW would play four out of five of them.
I think you are all forgetting the key players that are out with injuries; Whing, Duberry, Worley and Davis. Leven seems to be on the way back. I'm sure, given that the players above were fit, then CW would play four out of five of them. horsham

10:34am Sun 9 Sep 12

bigchet says...

just when we looked like getting back into the game and maybe get a point jc gets hissellf stupidly sent off. as a jc fan i did not want him to leave but now he seems to be more of a liability than an asset and he needs to rapidly sort out his game as his contribution is zilch. we were very poor after they scored the first goal and their game plan stifled us ,just hope we can learn from this and adapt accordingly.
just when we looked like getting back into the game and maybe get a point jc gets hissellf stupidly sent off. as a jc fan i did not want him to leave but now he seems to be more of a liability than an asset and he needs to rapidly sort out his game as his contribution is zilch. we were very poor after they scored the first goal and their game plan stifled us ,just hope we can learn from this and adapt accordingly. bigchet

10:41am Sun 9 Sep 12

northampton yellow says...

i think ( IL) has got to start looking at wilder ,he was a good conference manager ,but i feel he has taken us as far as he can conceded 7 goals in the last 2games just not good enough, and as for yesterdays proformance well rubbish nothing else can decribe it 3 nil down and then start playing trying to walkthe ball in instead of shooting ,yes the officals were very poor ,but it wasnot just the officals wilder plays 4-4-3 and it does not work when we went 4-4-2 it was a bit better and the gates are already down on last season but i know thats early days aswell but playing like that the gates will be down ,its time to start afresh and move wilder on to new and fresh things or it will be league 2 next season too. "OUFC"
i think ( IL) has got to start looking at wilder ,he was a good conference manager ,but i feel he has taken us as far as he can conceded 7 goals in the last 2games just not good enough, and as for yesterdays proformance well rubbish nothing else can decribe it 3 nil down and then start playing trying to walkthe ball in instead of shooting ,yes the officals were very poor ,but it wasnot just the officals wilder plays 4-4-3 and it does not work when we went 4-4-2 it was a bit better and the gates are already down on last season but i know thats early days aswell but playing like that the gates will be down ,its time to start afresh and move wilder on to new and fresh things or it will be league 2 next season too. "OUFC" northampton yellow

11:11am Sun 9 Sep 12

oldun says...

442 - obvious, innit
442 - obvious, innit oldun

2:41pm Sun 9 Sep 12

foxvox says...

Same old same old. Forwards can't score, wingers can't cross and now defenders can't defend. We are going backwards fast with nobody looking like they are going to score and with Ryan Clarke having a woeful season - he lost one at York and should have saved one of the Leeds goals - I can't see us being anything more than a mid-table club. Other teams have injury problems and smaller budgets - how does Tisdale do it at Exeter? I'm beginning to wonder if Wilder can do it. Constable last scored in February - if he's our best hope that says it all.
Same old same old. Forwards can't score, wingers can't cross and now defenders can't defend. We are going backwards fast with nobody looking like they are going to score and with Ryan Clarke having a woeful season - he lost one at York and should have saved one of the Leeds goals - I can't see us being anything more than a mid-table club. Other teams have injury problems and smaller budgets - how does Tisdale do it at Exeter? I'm beginning to wonder if Wilder can do it. Constable last scored in February - if he's our best hope that says it all. foxvox

2:57pm Sun 9 Sep 12

New Manor rename says...

horsham wrote:
I think you are all forgetting the key players that are out with injuries; Whing, Duberry, Worley and Davis. Leven seems to be on the way back.

I'm sure, given that the players above were fit, then CW would play four out of five of them.
Yeah, probably Whing in goal and Duberry as a winger. CW has the flexibility of an iron rod and can't adapt. Move on. Looks like Luton could benefit from his services.
[quote][p][bold]horsham[/bold] wrote: I think you are all forgetting the key players that are out with injuries; Whing, Duberry, Worley and Davis. Leven seems to be on the way back. I'm sure, given that the players above were fit, then CW would play four out of five of them.[/p][/quote]Yeah, probably Whing in goal and Duberry as a winger. CW has the flexibility of an iron rod and can't adapt. Move on. Looks like Luton could benefit from his services. New Manor rename

3:21pm Sun 9 Sep 12

bigchet says...

cw was the best thing since sliced bread on wed night, now three days later he should be shown the door.put yourself in his place , on wed the defence were solid but on sat the same players were poor, this happens in the game and always has so its important not to overreact and when everyone is fit there will be alternative options.
cw was the best thing since sliced bread on wed night, now three days later he should be shown the door.put yourself in his place , on wed the defence were solid but on sat the same players were poor, this happens in the game and always has so its important not to overreact and when everyone is fit there will be alternative options. bigchet

3:38pm Sun 9 Sep 12

senior supporter says...

Wheras in previou seasons our defence has been our strongest asset, 10 goals conceded in the last three serious matches says it all. Most of this has been down to individual mistakes and must be sorted quickly. Having said that, if Smalley had buried that simple header to make it 3-3 then I reckon we would have won. Could anyone shed light on when Whing and Davies are due to return?
Wheras in previou seasons our defence has been our strongest asset, 10 goals conceded in the last three serious matches says it all. Most of this has been down to individual mistakes and must be sorted quickly. Having said that, if Smalley had buried that simple header to make it 3-3 then I reckon we would have won. Could anyone shed light on when Whing and Davies are due to return? senior supporter

10:54pm Sun 9 Sep 12

stfc2011 says...

Who would you have in as Manger. Di Canio Lol . I agree CW is not a brilliant manager and you should have made the Play Offs last season. I look at L2 now and think Oxford should be in the top 6 very easily. Even as a Swindon fan i believe your a L1 Team. Keep the faith though Exeter tipped for automatic promotion and are a decent side. So many teams wont beat Exeter City. Early days in the season so dont get to **** off with things. Plus you do have some very good players currently Injured so that will help when they return. Just please make sure Fatty Evans Rotherham do not get promotion.
Who would you have in as Manger. Di Canio Lol . I agree CW is not a brilliant manager and you should have made the Play Offs last season. I look at L2 now and think Oxford should be in the top 6 very easily. Even as a Swindon fan i believe your a L1 Team. Keep the faith though Exeter tipped for automatic promotion and are a decent side. So many teams wont beat Exeter City. Early days in the season so dont get to **** off with things. Plus you do have some very good players currently Injured so that will help when they return. Just please make sure Fatty Evans Rotherham do not get promotion. stfc2011

9:54am Mon 10 Sep 12

MoronOxy says...

Should have signed Hackett! He won't just be Northampton's player of the season but will be in contention for L2 player of the season. He was out of contract at Millwall and he's now playing 45 miles up the road from his home town. But then again Boothroyd is a smarter cookie than Wilder. Chris Hackett is the playmaker that would boss the current United squad. Decent crosses, quality deadball, unselfish assists, and the occasional classy goal. What a wasted opportunity not going in for him. Hey ho, onwards and hopefully upwards.
Should have signed Hackett! He won't just be Northampton's player of the season but will be in contention for L2 player of the season. He was out of contract at Millwall and he's now playing 45 miles up the road from his home town. But then again Boothroyd is a smarter cookie than Wilder. Chris Hackett is the playmaker that would boss the current United squad. Decent crosses, quality deadball, unselfish assists, and the occasional classy goal. What a wasted opportunity not going in for him. Hey ho, onwards and hopefully upwards. MoronOxy

6:21pm Fri 14 Sep 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Taxi for wilder
Taxi for wilder Beau champ mummy

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