Oxford United versus York City

Kassam Stadium.

7.45 kick off

Attendance: 5,634

Since Boxing Day, wins here at the Kassam Stadium have been hard to come by. United lost to Bristol Rovers, Blackburn Rovers, Millwall, Northampton and most recently Accrington Stanley. Looking back on our game vs Accrington, the visitors looked good for there fortuitous winner. The defenders should have done better but that game has gone now. 

Oxford were 5 points better off then Accrington Stanley going into this game. York City however were in a perilous position – bottom. Can York City avoid the drop into non league football? According to reports, If York City get relegated then there plans for moving away from Bootham Crescent could be shelved as they haven’t got enough money as they are wanting to increase revenue. 

From the hard fought win away at AFC Wimbledon, the back 5 stayed the same.. Buchel, Kenny, Mullins, Dunkley, Skarz. The only change came in attack where Bowery started in place of Maguire. It was nice to see how Bowery would do alongside the ever running Danny Hylton. The hosts started brightly, spraying the ball around nicely. I was surprised at how little Alex MacDonald was seeing the ball as play was built up on the left side of the pitch. Jonny Mullins, Joe Skarz, Chey Dunkley all had to win headers as York City started in a 4-5-1 formation. 

The goal came after 15 minutes as the impressive Callum o Dowda had a shot parried by Ingham which ricocheted off Bowery’s thigh into the net. However they go in they all count. Since January, Bowery has scored 6 in 6 appearances. He’s in a rich vein of form at the moment, which will cause Michael Appleton a headache going into the clash at Home Park. How was it only 1 nil at half time? 

After the break, it took until the 72nd minute for United to find that elusive 2nd goal. The ball found Chey Dunkley who’s bullet header found the back of the net. In which year did we have defenders netting from set pieces? York were poor and in the 79th minute Danny Hylton scored a superb solo goal. That man oozes class. Michael Appleton brought on Kemar Roofe, George Waring and Jonny Evans. In the 85th minute we were 4 nil up when Roofe bundled the ball home. After the 4th goal, Oxford could have had 7. Waring shot straight at the keeper, Jonny Evans and Jonjoe Kenny came close but the game had been won. 

We are now 2nd in the table and only 11 points behind Northampton, with only 12 games remaining and a big day out, anything is possible. 

Come on you yellows! 

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