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Rochdale 3 (Hogan 44, 49 & 61) Oxford Utd 0

Rochdale 3 (Hogan 44, 49 & 61) Oxford Utd 0

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OXFORD United's automatic promotion hopes took a big dent as they were well beaten by rivals Rochdale at Spotland.

Scott Hogan's 17-minute hat-trick either side of half-time did all the damage, as the visitors crashed to their heaviest defeat for almost a year.

The visitors were left to wonder what might have been if Johnny Mullins had converted a glorious chance with the game scoreless.

But after falling behind, they had no answer to Rochdale, who consolidated their position in the top three at United's expense.

Jake Wright and Michael Raynes returned from injuries and came straight into the back four, at the expense of Scott Davies and Sam Long.

The third change to the XI from the 1-1 draw at Morecambe a week earlier saw Deane Smalley replace James Constable.

Raynes looked rusty early on and picked up an early booking, hauling down Hogan after the striker had been too quick for the centre back out wide.

It was part of an unconvincing opening 20 minutes from the visitors, who struggled to keep the ball.

Rochdale were far more coherent and looked dangerous when they came forward.

They lacked an end product, though, with Ryan Clarke's only action coming from fielding a long range shot from Ian Henderson.

United gradually warmed to their task and midway through the half should have taken the lead.

Raynes flicked on a David Hunt long throw, finding Johnny Mullins unmarked inside the six-yard box. His snap shot was blocked by goalkeeper Josh Lillis and the defender could not readjust for the rebound, which ricocheted wide.

United went on to enjoy a good spell, forcing several corners. They could not test Lillis to the same extent again and instead it was Rochdale who hit back to finish the half strongly.

There was almost a breakthrough in the 40th minute, when Mullins was writing in pain on the ground following a collision with Clarke.

Dale played on and Matt Done's low shot beat the goalkeeper, only for Wright to intercept and clear the ball behind, via the crossbar.

Mullins received treatment and returned to the fray, but United's defence stumbled a minute before the break. A cross from the left found Peter Vincenti, whose goal-bound header was turned in by Hogan a yard out.

There was a hint of offside about the goal, but there was no doubt about the striker's second, four minutes after the restart.

Collecting the ball 40 yards out, Hogan brushed off a couple of challenges and fired home at the second attempt after Clarke had blocked the initial shot.

United were ragged. A mix-up between Wroe and Williams, who was swiftly replaced by Kitson, allowed Vincenti to line up a shot which flew just wide.

The contest was effectively ended just after the hour mark. A long throw got caught under Raynes's boot and Hogan was on hand to tuck in from close range.

U's caretaker manager Mickey Lewis brought on Constable for David Connolly, but it was too little, too late.

Dale were content to allow the visitors see more of the ball, but United were rarely able to stretch their hosts.

Only an excellent reflex save from Clarke prevented Hogan from claiming a fourth late on, before Spotland rose to acclaim the striker when he was substituted seconds later.

It was a small mercy for United, who have a week to lick their wounds before taking on another promotion rival, Burton Albion, at the Kassam Stadium.

Oxford Utd: Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Mullins, Wright, Potter, Wroe, Rose, Williams (Kitson 58), Smalley, Connolly (Constable 67).

Unused subs: Henly, Long, Davies, Ruffels, Rigg.

Rochdale: Lillis, Rafferty, Lancashire, O'Connell, Done, Cavanagh, Vincenti, Allen, Rose, Henderson, Hogan (Donnelly 85).

Unused subs: Thomson, Eastham, Kennedy, Gray, Porter, Bunney.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

Attendance: 3,429.

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5:10pm Sat 1 Mar 14

dovepe says...

Why was Beano on the bench.if fit should start every game.even if he don't score he puts the effort in.bad day still up there.
Why was Beano on the bench.if fit should start every game.even if he don't score he puts the effort in.bad day still up there. dovepe
  • Score: 15

5:27pm Sat 1 Mar 14

BigAlBiker says...

I would play Beano before Smalley every day.

We need this new energetic manager NOW, Mr Chairman get a good man in and back him.

No more days like this please.
I would play Beano before Smalley every day. We need this new energetic manager NOW, Mr Chairman get a good man in and back him. No more days like this please. BigAlBiker
  • Score: 17

5:39pm Sat 1 Mar 14

northampton yellow says...

Well done il stalling over a new manager and trying to get Lewis on the cheap has cost us promotion another season in league 2 you have cost us lots
Well done il stalling over a new manager and trying to get Lewis on the cheap has cost us promotion another season in league 2 you have cost us lots northampton yellow
  • Score: 16

5:54pm Sat 1 Mar 14

dorsetyellows says...

After a good first 40 mins , with Mullins
Injured, the goal came at a bad time.
The second goal killed the game off .
Too many mistakes , too many players
Rusty . Time to bounce back . We need
To get momentum if we stand any chance
For promotion .
After a good first 40 mins , with Mullins Injured, the goal came at a bad time. The second goal killed the game off . Too many mistakes , too many players Rusty . Time to bounce back . We need To get momentum if we stand any chance For promotion . dorsetyellows
  • Score: 17

8:06pm Sat 1 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

You lot are in dream land
we aren't good enough
sorry
lets wait for the the next season
You lot are in dream land we aren't good enough sorry lets wait for the the next season remberingthe80s
  • Score: 8

8:09pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Exiled in Scotland says...

Just got back home from Spotland. Awful today, motivation to take the game away from Rochdale non existant. I said two weeks ago enough is enough. ML is not the man to take us forward, with 60 applications for the post you cannot tell me that a stand out candidate should have been appointed now instead of the chairman flying off to Australia to watch a sport played with an egg.
Just got back home from Spotland. Awful today, motivation to take the game away from Rochdale non existant. I said two weeks ago enough is enough. ML is not the man to take us forward, with 60 applications for the post you cannot tell me that a stand out candidate should have been appointed now instead of the chairman flying off to Australia to watch a sport played with an egg. Exiled in Scotland
  • Score: 16

8:30pm Sat 1 Mar 14

South Upper 87 says...

remberingthe80s wrote:
You lot are in dream land
we aren't good enough
sorry
lets wait for the the next season
You may well be right, we have stayed near the top due to the very poor teams around us. Bristol we were less than good, Newport pretty dreadful and today was probably the worst I have seen us this year. The players, or most of them yet again did not seem up for it. you have to say that the team selection was very strange and did not help from the start.
[quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: You lot are in dream land we aren't good enough sorry lets wait for the the next season[/p][/quote]You may well be right, we have stayed near the top due to the very poor teams around us. Bristol we were less than good, Newport pretty dreadful and today was probably the worst I have seen us this year. The players, or most of them yet again did not seem up for it. you have to say that the team selection was very strange and did not help from the start. South Upper 87
  • Score: 9

9:00pm Sat 1 Mar 14

adlibber says...

one win in last 6 - Lewis has to go or we will have thrown away yet another opportunity to get out of league two. Lenagan has to make a decision soon or accept league two is our permanent home.
one win in last 6 - Lewis has to go or we will have thrown away yet another opportunity to get out of league two. Lenagan has to make a decision soon or accept league two is our permanent home. adlibber
  • Score: 7

9:08pm Sat 1 Mar 14

train passenger says...

If you didn't like Chris Wilder, you have now learned what truly average looks like. And you may be disappointed with the next guy too.
If you didn't like Chris Wilder, you have now learned what truly average looks like. And you may be disappointed with the next guy too. train passenger
  • Score: 0

9:14pm Sat 1 Mar 14

H.J.Harris says...

train passenger wrote:
If you didn't like Chris Wilder, you have now learned what truly average looks like. And you may be disappointed with the next guy too.
of course the contributors on here will be disappointed that's half the fun of being a Us supporter.
I'll be there next week, let's hope for better.
[quote][p][bold]train passenger[/bold] wrote: If you didn't like Chris Wilder, you have now learned what truly average looks like. And you may be disappointed with the next guy too.[/p][/quote]of course the contributors on here will be disappointed that's half the fun of being a Us supporter. I'll be there next week, let's hope for better. H.J.Harris
  • Score: 4

11:45pm Sat 1 Mar 14

London_Ox says...

I said right off the bat when Wilder went that ML was a very very short term solution and that we needed to get somebody in sharpish so the wheels wouldnt fall off, but we are paying for our passiveness.

I also said that draws at places like Exeter, Bury and Brizzle Rovers may prove costly and its looking that way.. At this rate, we will be lucky to stay in the play off with this continued lost of form and suddenly considing at crucial stages of the game..

Think IL needs to get his finger out and expedite the interview process as at this rate he will conclude it with a handful of games to go but by then it will be too late and another winning hand thrown away due to indecision.
I said right off the bat when Wilder went that ML was a very very short term solution and that we needed to get somebody in sharpish so the wheels wouldnt fall off, but we are paying for our passiveness. I also said that draws at places like Exeter, Bury and Brizzle Rovers may prove costly and its looking that way.. At this rate, we will be lucky to stay in the play off with this continued lost of form and suddenly considing at crucial stages of the game.. Think IL needs to get his finger out and expedite the interview process as at this rate he will conclude it with a handful of games to go but by then it will be too late and another winning hand thrown away due to indecision. London_Ox
  • Score: 15

9:47am Sun 2 Mar 14

adlibber says...

London_Ox wrote:
I said right off the bat when Wilder went that ML was a very very short term solution and that we needed to get somebody in sharpish so the wheels wouldnt fall off, but we are paying for our passiveness.

I also said that draws at places like Exeter, Bury and Brizzle Rovers may prove costly and its looking that way.. At this rate, we will be lucky to stay in the play off with this continued lost of form and suddenly considing at crucial stages of the game..

Think IL needs to get his finger out and expedite the interview process as at this rate he will conclude it with a handful of games to go but by then it will be too late and another winning hand thrown away due to indecision.
totally agree also need to look at squad as clearly some players are not good enough to create chances and our strikers have disappeared lately. What's so frustrating is that for the 3rd year in a row we are throwing away all the chance to get out of this sodding league. I suspect Luton will almost bypass league two as they head for league one - We just don't have the killer instinct or a visionary at the helm.
[quote][p][bold]London_Ox[/bold] wrote: I said right off the bat when Wilder went that ML was a very very short term solution and that we needed to get somebody in sharpish so the wheels wouldnt fall off, but we are paying for our passiveness. I also said that draws at places like Exeter, Bury and Brizzle Rovers may prove costly and its looking that way.. At this rate, we will be lucky to stay in the play off with this continued lost of form and suddenly considing at crucial stages of the game.. Think IL needs to get his finger out and expedite the interview process as at this rate he will conclude it with a handful of games to go but by then it will be too late and another winning hand thrown away due to indecision.[/p][/quote]totally agree also need to look at squad as clearly some players are not good enough to create chances and our strikers have disappeared lately. What's so frustrating is that for the 3rd year in a row we are throwing away all the chance to get out of this sodding league. I suspect Luton will almost bypass league two as they head for league one - We just don't have the killer instinct or a visionary at the helm. adlibber
  • Score: 5

10:56am Sun 2 Mar 14

nicbotley says...

I'm a bit confused on the manager situation!! I L says he has 60 applicants for the job I'm not surprised the position Utd are at present, how many will lose interest with the prospect of managing a 2nd div side or making your mark on a side who has the potential of automatic promotion I.L.needs to act now not faff around waiting for the perfect manager because a lot of the talented and creditable applicants will lose interest. And we will be back to square one, relying on hindsight. Get your finger out Mr chairman.
I'm a bit confused on the manager situation!! I L says he has 60 applicants for the job I'm not surprised the position Utd are at present, how many will lose interest with the prospect of managing a 2nd div side or making your mark on a side who has the potential of automatic promotion I.L.needs to act now not faff around waiting for the perfect manager because a lot of the talented and creditable applicants will lose interest. And we will be back to square one, relying on hindsight. Get your finger out Mr chairman. nicbotley
  • Score: 0

11:26am Sun 2 Mar 14

87oufc says...

I'm suspecting that the threshold for IL to act reasonably faster than what is the pace now is that if we fall out of the playoffs. I also suspect that ML has be requested to keep the team within the playoffs. This gives a greater time to act in with regards to finding a new manager. Clearly IL is thinking long term and wants to find a new manager through deduction rather than an on the spot whim (Fulham? Three managers already this season)
Since it's in the clubs interest to gain promotion this year, it appears that IL has great trust in ML. It was also interesting to hear that Wright and others want ML as manager - I don't. One has to ask the question why do the players want ML. Will the players play better under ML (Are they at there maximum output with no room for improvement) or will they retaliate slightly under new management as a consequence.
In all honesty, I feel this club is in a very deep rut. Other things besides manager have to happen - and I've said this for years. - the stadium. But that's for another time.
I'm suspecting that the threshold for IL to act reasonably faster than what is the pace now is that if we fall out of the playoffs. I also suspect that ML has be requested to keep the team within the playoffs. This gives a greater time to act in with regards to finding a new manager. Clearly IL is thinking long term and wants to find a new manager through deduction rather than an on the spot whim (Fulham? Three managers already this season) Since it's in the clubs interest to gain promotion this year, it appears that IL has great trust in ML. It was also interesting to hear that Wright and others want ML as manager - I don't. One has to ask the question why do the players want ML. Will the players play better under ML (Are they at there maximum output with no room for improvement) or will they retaliate slightly under new management as a consequence. In all honesty, I feel this club is in a very deep rut. Other things besides manager have to happen - and I've said this for years. - the stadium. But that's for another time. 87oufc
  • Score: 1

11:40am Sun 2 Mar 14

rsrpyellow says...

I think the issue was with selection at Dale and then not making the right changes. Bringing so many "recovering players" in Wright, Raynes, Potter & Williams at same time was a mistake. Our wingers struggled to get involved leaving our m/f exposed. And defence was struggling to cope with 2 returning players. There were other options. I can understand Mickey wanting his best players out, but too many were not match sharp.

At half time, some decisive moves should have been made to change to 4-3-3. Wingers off, Ruffels on and a 3rd striker on.

Overall today we showed a distinct lack of tactical nous for a very important game. It was very disappointing.

Overall
I think the issue was with selection at Dale and then not making the right changes. Bringing so many "recovering players" in Wright, Raynes, Potter & Williams at same time was a mistake. Our wingers struggled to get involved leaving our m/f exposed. And defence was struggling to cope with 2 returning players. There were other options. I can understand Mickey wanting his best players out, but too many were not match sharp. At half time, some decisive moves should have been made to change to 4-3-3. Wingers off, Ruffels on and a 3rd striker on. Overall today we showed a distinct lack of tactical nous for a very important game. It was very disappointing. Overall rsrpyellow
  • Score: 2

11:45am Sun 2 Mar 14

dorsetyellows says...

rsrpyellow wrote:
I think the issue was with selection at Dale and then not making the right changes. Bringing so many "recovering players" in Wright, Raynes, Potter & Williams at same time was a mistake. Our wingers struggled to get involved leaving our m/f exposed. And defence was struggling to cope with 2 returning players. There were other options. I can understand Mickey wanting his best players out, but too many were not match sharp. At half time, some decisive moves should have been made to change to 4-3-3. Wingers off, Ruffels on and a 3rd striker on. Overall today we showed a distinct lack of tactical nous for a very important game. It was very disappointing. Overall
Hit the nail on the head with your views ,
[quote][p][bold]rsrpyellow[/bold] wrote: I think the issue was with selection at Dale and then not making the right changes. Bringing so many "recovering players" in Wright, Raynes, Potter & Williams at same time was a mistake. Our wingers struggled to get involved leaving our m/f exposed. And defence was struggling to cope with 2 returning players. There were other options. I can understand Mickey wanting his best players out, but too many were not match sharp. At half time, some decisive moves should have been made to change to 4-3-3. Wingers off, Ruffels on and a 3rd striker on. Overall today we showed a distinct lack of tactical nous for a very important game. It was very disappointing. Overall[/p][/quote]Hit the nail on the head with your views , dorsetyellows
  • Score: 0

4:40pm Sun 2 Mar 14

OxRoxBox says...

In my humble opinion . . . . and this is just an opinion . . . . a "Marquee" name Manager could give us the confidence to get our undoubted ability back into the automatics. If there is the opportunity then IL should gamble and go for it while we still have a sliver of chance! Martin Allen is my choice
In my humble opinion . . . . and this is just an opinion . . . . a "Marquee" name Manager could give us the confidence to get our undoubted ability back into the automatics. If there is the opportunity then IL should gamble and go for it while we still have a sliver of chance! Martin Allen is my choice OxRoxBox
  • Score: -2

5:16pm Sun 2 Mar 14

remberingthe80s says...

South Upper 87 wrote:
remberingthe80s wrote:
You lot are in dream land
we aren't good enough
sorry
lets wait for the the next season
You may well be right, we have stayed near the top due to the very poor teams around us. Bristol we were less than good, Newport pretty dreadful and today was probably the worst I have seen us this year. The players, or most of them yet again did not seem up for it. you have to say that the team selection was very strange and did not help from the start.
my worry is that we end up back in non league
we only need to look at Northampton, play off's last year.now at the bottom of the league.the only difference is that we dont have a chairman that would spend to keep us in the league like Northampton.
were do we go form here not sure.
one thing is sure next year we be small club with the others that are coming our way
[quote][p][bold]South Upper 87[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]remberingthe80s[/bold] wrote: You lot are in dream land we aren't good enough sorry lets wait for the the next season[/p][/quote]You may well be right, we have stayed near the top due to the very poor teams around us. Bristol we were less than good, Newport pretty dreadful and today was probably the worst I have seen us this year. The players, or most of them yet again did not seem up for it. you have to say that the team selection was very strange and did not help from the start.[/p][/quote]my worry is that we end up back in non league we only need to look at Northampton, play off's last year.now at the bottom of the league.the only difference is that we dont have a chairman that would spend to keep us in the league like Northampton. were do we go form here not sure. one thing is sure next year we be small club with the others that are coming our way remberingthe80s
  • Score: 0

7:50am Mon 3 Mar 14

Davos P says...

Lenegan has made a fatal mistake by stalling. It's absolute rubbish that it takes a long time to appoint. Lots of clubs would disagree. Lenegan just isn't a football man so unfortunately doesn't know what decision to make. Ultimately with the Wilder fiasco and now this indecision, it's cost us promotion.
Lenegan has made a fatal mistake by stalling. It's absolute rubbish that it takes a long time to appoint. Lots of clubs would disagree. Lenegan just isn't a football man so unfortunately doesn't know what decision to make. Ultimately with the Wilder fiasco and now this indecision, it's cost us promotion. Davos P
  • Score: 1

8:11am Mon 3 Mar 14

william12 says...

Dont blame Lenegan or Lewis the performances are down to the players.We have had the excuse that they were rusty coming back from injuries,See what the next two home games bring.At present with the players we have on results we are a mid table team.This may be a wake up call to some of these players they talk a good game and that is about it.
Dont blame Lenegan or Lewis the performances are down to the players.We have had the excuse that they were rusty coming back from injuries,See what the next two home games bring.At present with the players we have on results we are a mid table team.This may be a wake up call to some of these players they talk a good game and that is about it. william12
  • Score: 0

3:42pm Mon 3 Mar 14

bigchet says...

without a doubt the returning players looked very rusty and not up to the pace . their player ran through about five powder puff tackles to score the second goal and the third was a missed clearance from a throw in. i think we need to beef up the midfield at the expense of one of the wide players as we seem to find it difficult to dominate there. not all doom and gloom as there is still a long way to go and other clubs around us will drop points along the way, but march looks like a difficult month.
without a doubt the returning players looked very rusty and not up to the pace . their player ran through about five powder puff tackles to score the second goal and the third was a missed clearance from a throw in. i think we need to beef up the midfield at the expense of one of the wide players as we seem to find it difficult to dominate there. not all doom and gloom as there is still a long way to go and other clubs around us will drop points along the way, but march looks like a difficult month. bigchet
  • Score: 0

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