Bury Buried 5 – 1 by a magnificent hat trick by Everton Loanee Conor McAleny. 2nd hat-trick of the season. Ineligible for Coventry City showpiece down in London at Wembley Stadium.
Team from last night: Simon Eastwood, Phil Edwards, Chey Dunkley, Curtis Nelson, Marvin Johnson, Joe Rothwell, John Lundstram, Josh Ruffels, Conor McAleny, Rob Hall and Kane Hemmings.
Bury: Murphy, Moore, Kay, Bryan, Barnett, Pennant, Caddis, Mellis, Leigh, Vaughan, Lowe.
Oxford United started very brightly and set the tempo from the first whistle. I’ve really enjoyed watching Marvin Johnson.. Was he actually crossing the ball that ended up in the back of the net to make it 1 nil or did he mean to shoot? Whatever he tried to do it was an exquisite piece of play that bamboozled the Shaker’s defence. Did Jermaine Pennant spray the ball wide or was he invisible?
In the 35th minute it was 2 nil as Joe Rothwell chipped the keeper to mark his 1st league goal of the season. The U’s dominated and 4 minutes after Rothwell’s strike it was 3 nil as Conor McAleny scored. Oxford United need to sign him on as all evening he was making the midfield carve open a very poor Bury side. United were in cruise control when on the stroke of half time, Ryan Lowe tried to injure Marvin Johnson with an horrendous challenge from behind. How the referee didn’t brandish a red card for a challenge that was probably as bad as when John Joe O Toole broke Alfie Potter’s leg. Both men were only given a yellow card.
At the beginning of the second half the Bury manager made two substitutions, he withdrew Ryan Lowe and Jermaine Pennant for Miller and Walker. Will Bury get relegated? It was 4 nil in the 49th minute as Conor got his 2nd goal of the night. 10 minutes after United’s 4th goal Bury got a mere consolation as from a Walker corner James Vaughan notched up his 22nd goal of the season.
In the 66th minute Michael Appleton withdrew Joe Rothwell and Kane Hemmings for Antonio Martinez and Liam Sercombe. I have been impressed with Josh Ruffels, I really hope that he plays at Wembley Stadium.. Did he feature against Barnsley? I’m really pleased that he’s got a new contract.
Before the final whistle Conor McAleny completed his hat-trick and he grabbed the match ball after the game.
It was a great performance and Rob Hall must be thinking that he could have made it 6 but he spooned the ball over the bar.
The league takes a break now as Oxfordshire March to the arch.
COME ON YOU YELLOWS!