Four-goal Tom is top of the class!

Banbury Cake: Tom Craddock fires his fourth of the game against Accrington Tom Craddock fires his fourth of the game against Accrington

TOM Craddock hailed his partnership with James Constable after scoring four in Oxford United’s 5-0 win against Accrington Stanley.

The striker, who turned 26 last week, netted a first-half hat-trick and added a fourth after the break.

Alfie Potter completed the scoring in what was a dominant performance from Chris Wilder’s men.

Craddock was thrilled with his haul, which was the first time he had hit four since his days in the Middlesbrough academy.

But he was quick to highlight the role of Constable, who had a hand in three goals.

He said: “At Cheltenham (a 4-2 win) we got assists for each other and although we lost comprehensively at Port Vale, I felt we linked up a little bit.

“Their keeper made two unbelievable saves from Beano (Constable) in the first half and obviously he got a couple of assists.

“We work well together and I’m sure in the games to come he’ll get on the scoresheet.

“Hopefully I can play a part in that.”

Craddock’s contribution saw him overtake Potter to become United’s top scorer this season, with seven.

Injuries limited him to just ten appearances – and one goal – last season, but a trouble-free few months have made a big difference.

“Thankfully, I’ve stayed injury-free since pre-season,” he said. “The way I’m feeling now it’s the fittest I’ve been since I was at Luton.”

The victory was hugely satisfying for a side which had lost seven of their previous nine league games.

Craddock said: “It can be a turning point, but it’s only us who can determine that.

“We’ve got to go to Rochdale on Tuesday and make sure this result is a springboard.”

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12:03pm Mon 22 Oct 12

adlibber says...

A rare and impressive feat scoring 5 at home and strikers netting all the goals but it will mean nothing if we leave Rochdale on Tuesday with no points. Consistency will get us promoted the yoyo rubbish of last two years will get us relegated. Would be terrific if players/manager can prove us cynics wrong and go on a lengthy unbeaten run that includes far more wins than draws. This isn't a difficult league to get out of unless you have a strong team going up or a weak team going out - We're in limbo at the moment. More goals would be lovely except for less ones in our net.
A rare and impressive feat scoring 5 at home and strikers netting all the goals but it will mean nothing if we leave Rochdale on Tuesday with no points. Consistency will get us promoted the yoyo rubbish of last two years will get us relegated. Would be terrific if players/manager can prove us cynics wrong and go on a lengthy unbeaten run that includes far more wins than draws. This isn't a difficult league to get out of unless you have a strong team going up or a weak team going out - We're in limbo at the moment. More goals would be lovely except for less ones in our net. adlibber

4:02pm Mon 22 Oct 12

oldun says...

442 - obvious, innit! (and wasn't it!)
442 - obvious, innit! (and wasn't it!) oldun

4:58pm Mon 22 Oct 12

jbowling says...

He will surely keep the same team/system in place for the next few matches won't he ?

or will he revert to type (defensive) when we play away at stronger teams ?

When we did get out of the conference it was going pear shaped with his tinkering and as a last resort he played a settled side and we came with a late run.

Perhaps Saturday's could at last be the making of him - about time !.
He will surely keep the same team/system in place for the next few matches won't he ? or will he revert to type (defensive) when we play away at stronger teams ? When we did get out of the conference it was going pear shaped with his tinkering and as a last resort he played a settled side and we came with a late run. Perhaps Saturday's could at last be the making of him - about time !. jbowling

6:06pm Mon 22 Oct 12

oldun says...

I am far from positive - he is so defensively minded - bizarrely some talk about his liking his teams to attack. Don't think so ....
I am far from positive - he is so defensively minded - bizarrely some talk about his liking his teams to attack. Don't think so .... oldun

9:58am Tue 23 Oct 12

BigYellowScarf says...

jbowling wrote:
He will surely keep the same team/system in place for the next few matches won't he ?

or will he revert to type (defensive) when we play away at stronger teams ?

When we did get out of the conference it was going pear shaped with his tinkering and as a last resort he played a settled side and we came with a late run.

Perhaps Saturday's could at last be the making of him - about time !.
Is this the same jbowling who wrote last Friday ... "It will be ok when the injured players are back. If that phrase sounds familiar it was what the Wilder fans were saying last season when we were without Potter and Craddock. Big difference they've made. And if he wants a physical presence now you will not get that from Chapman, Foster Caskey, Craddock, Capaldi, Potter et al." ????

Like so many of the 'Wilder Out' brigade you're endlessly reactive, wise
after the event.

And by the way, I love the way that on the one hand you cut him no slack when he's got to chop and change endlessly because of injuries, then you suddenly notice the advantage of being able to play particular players in a settled side. Funny, that.
[quote][p][bold]jbowling[/bold] wrote: He will surely keep the same team/system in place for the next few matches won't he ? or will he revert to type (defensive) when we play away at stronger teams ? When we did get out of the conference it was going pear shaped with his tinkering and as a last resort he played a settled side and we came with a late run. Perhaps Saturday's could at last be the making of him - about time !.[/p][/quote]Is this the same jbowling who wrote last Friday ... "It will be ok when the injured players are back. If that phrase sounds familiar it was what the Wilder fans were saying last season when we were without Potter and Craddock. Big difference they've made. And if he wants a physical presence now you will not get that from Chapman, Foster Caskey, Craddock, Capaldi, Potter et al." ???? Like so many of the 'Wilder Out' brigade you're endlessly reactive, wise after the event. And by the way, I love the way that on the one hand you cut him no slack when he's got to chop and change endlessly because of injuries, then you suddenly notice the advantage of being able to play particular players in a settled side. Funny, that. BigYellowScarf

1:36pm Tue 23 Oct 12

oldun says...

No change from me . winning 5-0 was great but ...
I will be unimpressed if we get at least 8 points from the next four games. Judging CW over the whole season. Another season in the fourth tier would be unacceptable - and must see him out of here. Fingers crossed that he takes us up THIS SEASON
No change from me . winning 5-0 was great but ... I will be unimpressed if we get at least 8 points from the next four games. Judging CW over the whole season. Another season in the fourth tier would be unacceptable - and must see him out of here. Fingers crossed that he takes us up THIS SEASON oldun

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