Oxford United versus Bradford City

On Saturday United entertained the unbeaten Bantams. Would Bradford shrug off a United side who had endured a drumming last time out? 

Oxford lined up with Eastwood, Edwards, Dunkley, Raglan, Ruffels, Maguire, Lundstram, Rothwell, Taylor, MacDonald and Thomas. Michael Appleton put Ryan Taylor on the left wing so Chris Maguire could play up front with Wes Thomas. I was impressed with Taylor’s build up play. In an entertaining first half, the Bantams could have gone ahead as the referee awarded the visitors what looked like a very soft penalty. From where I was sitting it looked like a harsh decision, however Billy Clarke smacked the bar from 12 yards and it remained goalless. 

United were forced into an early change as Wes Thomas went off with what looked like a knock. Marvin Thomas came on in his place and he showed good application, although Joe Rothwell was catching my eye with his pace, determination and athleticism, will he keep Liam Sercombe out of the side once he returns from injury? Josh Ruffels looked very composed at Left back and he complimented Edwards, Raglan and Dunkley well. Are Derek Fazackerley and Michael Appleton training Ruffels to a new position? 

The linesman on the near side didn’t see the ball go out of play on several occasions which got the crowd riled. At half time it was nil nil. 

One piece of quality would separate the sides in this entertaining game. John Lundstram was marauding forward when he was tripped just outside the box. My friend and I knew that something special would happen.. Up steps Maguire.. Gooooaaaaalll! 1 nil to United! The fans go wild. Not many teams will win against Bradford City but Oxford United claimed all 3 points.

United now visit Coventry City and Port Vale. The former are bottom of the league which makes no justification for United to show any complacency. 



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