Oxford United versus Stevenage

On Good Friday, United hosted Stevenage who were 7 points above the relegation zone which is currently being occupied by Dagenham and Redbridge and York City. 

We were confident of getting a positive result to kick off back to back league games but the game was bitty and United had a mountain to climb when John Lundstram was shown a straight red card as his momentum took out Michael Tonge. At the time it looked like a really good challenge which resulted in United appealing against the harsh decision but on Sunday evening, the red card remained in place so Lunny (John Lundstram) misses the Cambridge United and Crawley Town league games. In my opinion, John Lundstram is an integral part in his partnership with Liam Sercombe. Would the psychological effect of being down to ten men determine which way this game would head? I thought that the Stevenage goal keeper was a lucky man only receiving a yellow card after pulling Danny Hylton back. Kemar Roofe wanted to take the spot kick but as he’s not on penalty duties he reluctantly gave the ball to Sercombe. Unfortunately the goalkeeper went the right way so at half time the game remained 0 – 0. 

I couldn’t fault the lads and after great build up play, Liam Sercombe broke the deadlock with a lovely finish. 1 nil, in the pit of my stomach I was always thinking that the next goal would determine full time and Stevenage profited from a defensive mix up to equalise through Byron Harrison. 

On reflection of the draw, we were lucky not to have crumbled as we stood firm. Alex MacDonald was lucky not to have been sent off so Appleton changed it. Chey Dunkley has become an important part to the U’s promotion bid, however I think that there is a weakness with Mullins being put out of position at Right back. 

After the weekend we are still 2nd and I’m hoping that with Jonjoe Kenny and Callum O Dowda coming back. Our destiny is still in our hands.

Come On You Yellows! 

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