On Tuesday night we took on Portsmouth in the Johnstone Paint Trophy second round. From Saturday’s home game defeat against Southend United in the league, Chris Wilder made 5 changes, bringing in Ryan Williams, Callum O Dowda, James Constable, Scott Davies and Josh Ruffels in for Sean Rigg, Danny Rose, Dave Kitson, Asa Hall and Deane Smalley. It was a very open first half which could have been a lot different if one of our shots at goal had sailed into the back of the net. I was very impressed with the performances of Josh Ruffels, Ryan Williams and Callum O Dowda. Some of Callum’s crosses where very good, James Constable could have scored. He was very unlucky.
Before I knew it, it was half time with the score at 0 – 0. Deane Smalley came on in place of Alfie Potter as a precaution and managed to get himself a yellow card for sliding down the ankles of a Pompey player. I thought that Michael Raynes had a good game last night mopping everything up that came his way.
In the second half Guy Whittingham changes the complexion of the game by putting on Patrick Agyemang who makes an instant impact arrowing his shot in to the bottom corner of the net. 1 nil Portsmouth. Oxford probe for an equaliser but then they find themselves 2 nil down courtesy of a John Marquis goal. With Ryan Williams tiring Chris Wilder puts on Asa Hall.
In my opinion why didn’t the gaffer go with Danny Rose?
For me James Constable could have had a brace but it wasn’t to be. In the 89th minute Beano does get a goal but it’s a mere consolation. Looking back on last night’s 2nd half performance from Portsmouth and the first half from Oxford, Portsmouth can count themselves lucky that their name is in the hat for Saturday’s quarter final draw as on another day, Oxford’s name would be in it.
On Saturday Oxford are again at home. Hopefully we can play some of the youngsters that played with so much energy and enthusiasm. The 1st half last night was the most impressive half of football that I’ve seen from any Oxford team for a long time. At the moment my glass is half full. Come on you yellows!!