Oxford United 3 (Forster-Caskey 9, Smalley 55, Potter 81) AFC Wimbledon 2 (Harrison 20, Fenlon 36)

ALFIE Potter struck a priceless winner as Oxford United came from behind to end their six-game losing run.

The U's top scorer converted Tom Craddock's cross to see off a spirited AFC Wimbledon in a game where both defences looked vulnerable.

Jake Forster-Caskey had given United a perfect start by opening the scoring with a free-kick, but goals from Byron Harrison and Jim Fenlon gave the visitors a half time lead.

Deane Smalley levelled the scores early in the second half, before Potter clinched maximum points in the closing stages.

The hosts made two changes to the team which started the 3-1 defeat at Rotherham United on Saturday.

Luke O'Brien replaced Tony Capaldi at left back, while Smalley came in for Harry Worley as the U's switched to 4-4-2.

Wayne Brown was again preferred to Ryan Clarke and the goalkeeper had to make a save inside the opening 15 seconds.

The ball fell invitingly to Sammy Moore, whose volley was turned round the post. From the corner George Farncomb's flick hit an upright and bounced clear.

Sean Rigg led the response and one driving run was cynically halted by Farncomb, who was booked.

It earned a free-kick 20 yards out just left of centre, which Forster-Caskey bent over the wall and into the net.

But just as they had done three days earlier, United failed to make the most of an early lead.

AFC Wimbledon's recent form had been almost as bad as their opponents, but they hit back strongly to level in the 20th minute.

Yado Mambo rose highest at a corner and although his header hit the crossbar, Harrison converted the rebound with a neat overhead effort from close range.

United looked extremely vulnerable defensively and should have conceded again on the half hour mark.

Astonishingly, one long clearance was enough to send Harrison through on goal. The striker rounded Brown, but saw his shot deflected wide by Michael Raynes.

It was the centre back's last action and he limped off with what looked a hamstring injury, replaced by Worley.

United could not make the most of the let-off and Wimbledon found the net nine minutes before the break.

Fenlon cut inside Potter and his low shot found the corner of the net to stun the home side.

The home fans inside the sparsely populated Kassam did their best to get their side going.

It had some success, with Forster-Caskey and Craddock having low shots saved by Wombles goalkeeper Seb Brown. Smalley also had a header deflected over just before the break.

United did draw level ten minutes into the second half.

Rigg came in off the flank and crossed for Potter. The winger's glanced header was awkward for Brown, who spilled for the lurking Smalley to tap in.

At the other end Wayne Brown picked up a problem. It nearly proved costly, as while Clarke warmed up Christian Jolley curled a 25-yard shot which Brown could only watch as it hit the inside of the post and bounced clear.

The goalkeeping change was United's third of the night, with a groin injury for ing Lee Cox off at the break, depriving Wilder of the option to bring on James Constable or Peter Leven for the latter stages.

Both sides continued to look better going forward than they did at the back.

The only surprise was it took until the 81st minute for another goal to arrive.

United grabbed it, when Potter flicked in Craddock's low cross for his fourth goal of the season, much to the relief of the home fans.

There was one heart-stopping moment late on, when Will Antwi headed against the crossbar and when he shot on the follow-up Clarke made a brilliant save low to his left.

It was a critical moment, as United saw out five tense minutes in stoppage time to claim a precious result.

Oxford (4-4-2): Brown, Batt, Raynes, Wright, O'Brien, Potter, Cox, Forster-Caskey, Rigg, Craddock, Smalley.

Subs used: Worley (Raynes 32), Heslop (Cox ht), Clarke (Brown 60).

Unused subs: Capaldi, Boateng, Constable, Leven.

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11:41pm Tue 2 Oct 12

foxvox says...

Is this the turnaround - we actually won a half in which Heslop played!
Is this the turnaround - we actually won a half in which Heslop played! foxvox
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12:43am Wed 3 Oct 12

tws says...

Hey foxvox, Hessy is a quality player & will deliver when fully fit & played well tonite! If CW has lost the dressing room I didn't see that tonite! Big but correct decision to replace keeper too, a mistake to start without RC maybe but CW got it right & we win!! The fight in the Ox Mail stand was genuine fans standing up for the manager!!! Whatever you feel about CW or individual players, how the hell does being negative help???
I plead to fans to get behind the team & manager, if things don't improve in a few weeks then maybe, just maybe think about changes but I do feel CW will pull it round!!
We started the season looking bloody good & strong all through the team ,that dosen't change in a week, surely to get us back into that original position is the key & must be possible?
Ending on a real positive for Oxford fans, few Scum posts yet, I wonder why???
PS; Ref watch, like the last defeat of the Scum, the same ref didn't have a good day at the office!!
Hey foxvox, Hessy is a quality player & will deliver when fully fit & played well tonite! If CW has lost the dressing room I didn't see that tonite! Big but correct decision to replace keeper too, a mistake to start without RC maybe but CW got it right & we win!! The fight in the Ox Mail stand was genuine fans standing up for the manager!!! Whatever you feel about CW or individual players, how the hell does being negative help??? I plead to fans to get behind the team & manager, if things don't improve in a few weeks then maybe, just maybe think about changes but I do feel CW will pull it round!! We started the season looking bloody good & strong all through the team ,that dosen't change in a week, surely to get us back into that original position is the key & must be possible? Ending on a real positive for Oxford fans, few Scum posts yet, I wonder why??? PS; Ref watch, like the last defeat of the Scum, the same ref didn't have a good day at the office!! tws
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6:25am Wed 3 Oct 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Went to game last night we were poor luckily Wimbledon very poor crowd was dreadful no passion what's happening
Went to game last night we were poor luckily Wimbledon very poor crowd was dreadful no passion what's happening Beau champ mummy
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6:35am Wed 3 Oct 12

Chish and Fips says...

There see folks its all okay now for you lot - CW hero - and our PDC the villain after our poor display last night.

Have a good week you lot.
There see folks its all okay now for you lot - CW hero - and our PDC the villain after our poor display last night. Have a good week you lot. Chish and Fips
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7:14am Wed 3 Oct 12

adlibber says...

A win is welcome but just to ground ourselves a bit here Wimbledon are a poor side having a worse start to season than we are. Let's wee how we fare in our next fixtures against two teams in top three. If we collect at least 4 pts then I'll start to think we've put the disastrous losing streak behind us. I'm still not keen on Wilder given how long it's taken him to address the poor form. We have to stop leaking goals too.
A win is welcome but just to ground ourselves a bit here Wimbledon are a poor side having a worse start to season than we are. Let's wee how we fare in our next fixtures against two teams in top three. If we collect at least 4 pts then I'll start to think we've put the disastrous losing streak behind us. I'm still not keen on Wilder given how long it's taken him to address the poor form. We have to stop leaking goals too. adlibber
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9:17am Wed 3 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

Great to get the win last night, much needed 3 points. Still a lot of improvement to be done. Heslop looked a different player last night, maybe he isn't fully fit yet. Hopefully Worley will be fit enough to 90mins on Saturday.

Fighting between the fans was about passion. I don't agree with the group clapping the away goals. If you want to have a say about the manager leave it till after the game and get behind the lads during the game. Knowing Oxford we will go and beat Gillingham. We also do it the hard way.

COYY
Great to get the win last night, much needed 3 points. Still a lot of improvement to be done. Heslop looked a different player last night, maybe he isn't fully fit yet. Hopefully Worley will be fit enough to 90mins on Saturday. Fighting between the fans was about passion. I don't agree with the group clapping the away goals. If you want to have a say about the manager leave it till after the game and get behind the lads during the game. Knowing Oxford we will go and beat Gillingham. We also do it the hard way. COYY BigOx22
  • Score: 1

9:29am Wed 3 Oct 12

BigYellowScarf says...

The best thing about last night wasn’t the result. It wasn’t the gutsy display by the team – if ever you needed a demonstration that the players are motivated, committed and united behind the manager it was there. No, the best thing was the magnificent East Stand. The 5% who wanted to “stand up if you hate Wilder” being overwhelmed by the 95% singing their hearts out for him and the team was a major factor in the comeback. Nothing short of brilliant.
The best thing about last night wasn’t the result. It wasn’t the gutsy display by the team – if ever you needed a demonstration that the players are motivated, committed and united behind the manager it was there. No, the best thing was the magnificent East Stand. The 5% who wanted to “stand up if you hate Wilder” being overwhelmed by the 95% singing their hearts out for him and the team was a major factor in the comeback. Nothing short of brilliant. BigYellowScarf
  • Score: 3

10:19am Wed 3 Oct 12

Joe1 says...

Good to get ALL 3 points, phew!!
However, our defence is rather shakey, we let in far too many goals. Last season we had one of the best defences, clearly we miss MD at the heart of the defence. Reading between the lines of the Chairmans comments, things are getting tight financialy. Yet more injuries last night, with our small squad it will be a struggle to put out a strong team on Saturday.

"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
Good to get ALL 3 points, phew!! However, our defence is rather shakey, we let in far too many goals. Last season we had one of the best defences, clearly we miss MD at the heart of the defence. Reading between the lines of the Chairmans comments, things are getting tight financialy. Yet more injuries last night, with our small squad it will be a struggle to put out a strong team on Saturday. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1
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10:20am Wed 3 Oct 12

darkskies says...

Funny old game football six defeats then a scrappy win. The real test will be saturday when the gills come to town. After spending many games accompanying my dad to the county ground 50 years ago I should be a Swindon supporter. Moved to Oxford went to the Manor saw big Ron from then on I was hooked. I will support the Yellows no matter what my Swindon supporting brother and brother in law brag about how much better they are. I have yellow blood in my veins. Forever yellow I love Oxford no matter what. Lets go on a run now like my country cousins did last season, get to the top and stay there. COYY
Funny old game football six defeats then a scrappy win. The real test will be saturday when the gills come to town. After spending many games accompanying my dad to the county ground 50 years ago I should be a Swindon supporter. Moved to Oxford went to the Manor saw big Ron from then on I was hooked. I will support the Yellows no matter what my Swindon supporting brother and brother in law brag about how much better they are. I have yellow blood in my veins. Forever yellow I love Oxford no matter what. Lets go on a run now like my country cousins did last season, get to the top and stay there. COYY darkskies
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10:50am Wed 3 Oct 12

BrightonYellow says...

I watch these comments and rarely post myself. I went to the first home league game of the season where we played really well. Things haven't been going our way but injuries and Beano's disappearence haven't helped Wilder's cause.
The reason I'm posting is to respond to the comment about our fans clapping the away goals. I have been to many games over the last 25 years and one thing that always made me proud to be an OUFC fan was the way we reacted after the away team score. Often we would sing up louder than them celebrating!! West Ham away a couple of seasons ago was incredible. Whatever happens, we have to sing up for the lads, week in, week out!

COYY's
I watch these comments and rarely post myself. I went to the first home league game of the season where we played really well. Things haven't been going our way but injuries and Beano's disappearence haven't helped Wilder's cause. The reason I'm posting is to respond to the comment about our fans clapping the away goals. I have been to many games over the last 25 years and one thing that always made me proud to be an OUFC fan was the way we reacted after the away team score. Often we would sing up louder than them celebrating!! West Ham away a couple of seasons ago was incredible. Whatever happens, we have to sing up for the lads, week in, week out! COYY's BrightonYellow
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11:32am Wed 3 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

BigYellowScarf wrote:
The best thing about last night wasn’t the result. It wasn’t the gutsy display by the team – if ever you needed a demonstration that the players are motivated, committed and united behind the manager it was there. No, the best thing was the magnificent East Stand. The 5% who wanted to “stand up if you hate Wilder” being overwhelmed by the 95% singing their hearts out for him and the team was a major factor in the comeback. Nothing short of brilliant.
Pure class, well done to the two lads who sat behind me going down and standing up for the team! Roll on Saturday and see what happens.
[quote][p][bold]BigYellowScarf[/bold] wrote: The best thing about last night wasn’t the result. It wasn’t the gutsy display by the team – if ever you needed a demonstration that the players are motivated, committed and united behind the manager it was there. No, the best thing was the magnificent East Stand. The 5% who wanted to “stand up if you hate Wilder” being overwhelmed by the 95% singing their hearts out for him and the team was a major factor in the comeback. Nothing short of brilliant.[/p][/quote]Pure class, well done to the two lads who sat behind me going down and standing up for the team! Roll on Saturday and see what happens. BigOx22
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1:10pm Wed 3 Oct 12

jimbomcmucka says...

BigOx22 wrote:
BigYellowScarf wrote: The best thing about last night wasn’t the result. It wasn’t the gutsy display by the team – if ever you needed a demonstration that the players are motivated, committed and united behind the manager it was there. No, the best thing was the magnificent East Stand. The 5% who wanted to “stand up if you hate Wilder” being overwhelmed by the 95% singing their hearts out for him and the team was a major factor in the comeback. Nothing short of brilliant.
Pure class, well done to the two lads who sat behind me going down and standing up for the team! Roll on Saturday and see what happens.
My favourite point of the game was how the morons at the front actually motivated our fans more to get behind the team.

They were the same guys that had an argument with clarkey last game, how does winding up your own keeoper help?

Last night was one of the best small attendance atmospheres I have witnessed at home, truely great. The performance wasnt amazing, but wasnt aweful. The result doesnt change the bad run, untill it becomes th start of a good run. However, it showed our players are motivated and are behind wilder, as are the fans..

Im feeling a lot more positive today.
[quote][p][bold]BigOx22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigYellowScarf[/bold] wrote: The best thing about last night wasn’t the result. It wasn’t the gutsy display by the team – if ever you needed a demonstration that the players are motivated, committed and united behind the manager it was there. No, the best thing was the magnificent East Stand. The 5% who wanted to “stand up if you hate Wilder” being overwhelmed by the 95% singing their hearts out for him and the team was a major factor in the comeback. Nothing short of brilliant.[/p][/quote]Pure class, well done to the two lads who sat behind me going down and standing up for the team! Roll on Saturday and see what happens.[/p][/quote]My favourite point of the game was how the morons at the front actually motivated our fans more to get behind the team. They were the same guys that had an argument with clarkey last game, how does winding up your own keeoper help? Last night was one of the best small attendance atmospheres I have witnessed at home, truely great. The performance wasnt amazing, but wasnt aweful. The result doesnt change the bad run, untill it becomes th start of a good run. However, it showed our players are motivated and are behind wilder, as are the fans.. Im feeling a lot more positive today. jimbomcmucka
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3:29pm Wed 3 Oct 12

BigOx22 says...

jimbomcmucka wrote:
BigOx22 wrote:
BigYellowScarf wrote: The best thing about last night wasn’t the result. It wasn’t the gutsy display by the team – if ever you needed a demonstration that the players are motivated, committed and united behind the manager it was there. No, the best thing was the magnificent East Stand. The 5% who wanted to “stand up if you hate Wilder” being overwhelmed by the 95% singing their hearts out for him and the team was a major factor in the comeback. Nothing short of brilliant.
Pure class, well done to the two lads who sat behind me going down and standing up for the team! Roll on Saturday and see what happens.
My favourite point of the game was how the morons at the front actually motivated our fans more to get behind the team.

They were the same guys that had an argument with clarkey last game, how does winding up your own keeoper help?

Last night was one of the best small attendance atmospheres I have witnessed at home, truely great. The performance wasnt amazing, but wasnt aweful. The result doesnt change the bad run, untill it becomes th start of a good run. However, it showed our players are motivated and are behind wilder, as are the fans..

Im feeling a lot more positive today.
I have to say the guy at the front wasn't having a go at Clarke. He was telling him to tell Jake Wright to sort the defence out. But Clarke told him to f*ck off. This is what I have been told by someone who knows the guy at the front. He has been getting a lot of stick for this as yes it did look like he was having a go at him. But it still doesn't make any excuse for the remarks made last night. Roll on Saturday and hopefully get something for the game and start a good run of results and climb up the table.
[quote][p][bold]jimbomcmucka[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigOx22[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BigYellowScarf[/bold] wrote: The best thing about last night wasn’t the result. It wasn’t the gutsy display by the team – if ever you needed a demonstration that the players are motivated, committed and united behind the manager it was there. No, the best thing was the magnificent East Stand. The 5% who wanted to “stand up if you hate Wilder” being overwhelmed by the 95% singing their hearts out for him and the team was a major factor in the comeback. Nothing short of brilliant.[/p][/quote]Pure class, well done to the two lads who sat behind me going down and standing up for the team! Roll on Saturday and see what happens.[/p][/quote]My favourite point of the game was how the morons at the front actually motivated our fans more to get behind the team. They were the same guys that had an argument with clarkey last game, how does winding up your own keeoper help? Last night was one of the best small attendance atmospheres I have witnessed at home, truely great. The performance wasnt amazing, but wasnt aweful. The result doesnt change the bad run, untill it becomes th start of a good run. However, it showed our players are motivated and are behind wilder, as are the fans.. Im feeling a lot more positive today.[/p][/quote]I have to say the guy at the front wasn't having a go at Clarke. He was telling him to tell Jake Wright to sort the defence out. But Clarke told him to f*ck off. This is what I have been told by someone who knows the guy at the front. He has been getting a lot of stick for this as yes it did look like he was having a go at him. But it still doesn't make any excuse for the remarks made last night. Roll on Saturday and hopefully get something for the game and start a good run of results and climb up the table. BigOx22
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3:48pm Wed 3 Oct 12

adlibber says...

BigOx22 wrote:
Great to get the win last night, much needed 3 points. Still a lot of improvement to be done. Heslop looked a different player last night, maybe he isn't fully fit yet. Hopefully Worley will be fit enough to 90mins on Saturday.

Fighting between the fans was about passion. I don't agree with the group clapping the away goals. If you want to have a say about the manager leave it till after the game and get behind the lads during the game. Knowing Oxford we will go and beat Gillingham. We also do it the hard way.

COYY
Good points made here - this seems to be the enigma of us. remember awhile back when Chesterfield were romping away with league title and we played some of our best football to beat them away - then of course the wheels come off again! If only we could get the consistency that all promotion teams need. Defending for the first Wimbledon goal was Sunday pub league at best. Still not convinced that Wilder is the man to take us forward but as I said last season I'll be the first to hold my hand up if he proves me wrong.
[quote][p][bold]BigOx22[/bold] wrote: Great to get the win last night, much needed 3 points. Still a lot of improvement to be done. Heslop looked a different player last night, maybe he isn't fully fit yet. Hopefully Worley will be fit enough to 90mins on Saturday. Fighting between the fans was about passion. I don't agree with the group clapping the away goals. If you want to have a say about the manager leave it till after the game and get behind the lads during the game. Knowing Oxford we will go and beat Gillingham. We also do it the hard way. COYY[/p][/quote]Good points made here - this seems to be the enigma of us. remember awhile back when Chesterfield were romping away with league title and we played some of our best football to beat them away - then of course the wheels come off again! If only we could get the consistency that all promotion teams need. Defending for the first Wimbledon goal was Sunday pub league at best. Still not convinced that Wilder is the man to take us forward but as I said last season I'll be the first to hold my hand up if he proves me wrong. adlibber
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8:35pm Wed 3 Oct 12

Beau champ mummy says...

Lenagan out and take ur girls I mean boys with u
Lenagan out and take ur girls I mean boys with u Beau champ mummy
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8:24am Thu 4 Oct 12

DnBayst says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
Lenagan out and take ur girls I mean boys with u
My comment Gets deleted Yet This idiots posts are still here??

Roll On Gillingham, COYY!!
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Lenagan out and take ur girls I mean boys with u[/p][/quote]My comment Gets deleted Yet This idiots posts are still here?? Roll On Gillingham, COYY!! DnBayst
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5:37pm Thu 4 Oct 12

bigchet says...

good result on tue , we rode our luck at times but about time some good luck came our way , as neither side were outstanding it still made an exciting game and wimbledon will count themselves unfortunate not to get something from the game.a good boost for sats game but injuries will make it difficult to get the right result for us as gills have been good away from home.
good result on tue , we rode our luck at times but about time some good luck came our way , as neither side were outstanding it still made an exciting game and wimbledon will count themselves unfortunate not to get something from the game.a good boost for sats game but injuries will make it difficult to get the right result for us as gills have been good away from home. bigchet
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