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  1. Poor old Barnet, used to enjoy an away day back when their ground was actually in Barnet itself. Even got to see Edgar Davids play for them! Apart from once when we beat them and I ended up in a pub full of their supporters who were looking for away fans to take it out on. Quietly enjoyed my drink without making too much fuss that night. Probably not of much interest to all as it largely just focusses on Oxford United, but this article detailing Maxwell's involvement with the club is a bit of an eye opener and I guess shows to an extent how little has changed in terms of who the authorities deem fit and proper to buy a club: https://twohundredpercent.net/bad-things-oxford-united-maxwells/
  2. We don't consider it a derby, but I think they do. Our derby is with Swindon, and to a lesser extent due to them being in a different division for some time now, Reading. Wycombe were getting up to little antics like only allocating us a small amount of tickets at their place, blaming it on Thames Valley Police advice. Then TVP replied to their tweet saying they had advised nothing of the sort! All moot now anyway as the game was called off due to the season being suspended but I found it amusingly petty at the time.
  3. Funny thing was, he was absolutely useless - after he came on they had almost no attacking threat. I would have been delighted if he had started for them! I can't see him getting game time in the Championship but who knows.
  4. Yeah basically, they're hoofball specialists. Although I can't really complain too much tonight. They came with a plan and executed it well, our defeat was entirely of our making. Two mistakes for their goals, one very silly, and not finishing two very good chances cost us. We had a great spell at the start of the second half but choked when it mattered. To keep things in perspective though, family and friends are in good health and the club I follow still exists for now. They are things to be grateful for at this time. See all you League One peeps again next season, not sure when I'll get to sit in "my" seat again but I'll be waiting patiently for that day.
  5. I've got the same feeling - I reckon this might be Northampton Exeter again. We'll have to start really well to disrupt their game, otherwise we're not going to get time/space to play our game if we're on the back foot from the off.
  6. Cheers! Bonkers that after two legs it came down a single penalty. Thought it was a tight game with neither team playing to their full potential again. I mean look at the stats, you can't get much closer! After I complained about him struggling in the last game respect to Woodburn to come on with a few minutes to go and take a pen, must take some guts. I'm not optimistic about Wembley as our recent record hasn't been good, but you never know. If it was a league game back when things were more normal I'd fancy beating them. I just hope we've got a game plan for Wycombe's antics - we managed to beat them before Christmas but it took Akinfenwa getting sent off for grabbing our captain by the throat! Would have preferred for it to have been the final against Pompey then at least one of us would go up, I don't like Wycombe either. Hopefully you're near the sharp end of the league next season @Coltrane and have better luck.
  7. Not sure there's much of an advantage at ours even without a pandemic. The legacy of being stuck with a stadium with only 3 stands which are all set quite far back from the pitch and have massive gaps between them means unless it's a full house then the atmosphere is pretty flat anyway! But yeah as you say, without fans there I don't think there's going to be much difference in terms of home advantage.
  8. Well I thought we looked really rusty and was happy to come away with a draw. Didn't think it was a great game from either side to be honest, I'd say the two best players were each side's centre backs which gives you an idea of what sort of game it was. Couldn't understand the decision to start Woodburn, he hasn't played since October and to throw him straight back in for such an important game was a strange decision for me. We knew Curtis was the danger man, and Woodburn not tracking back left Long exposed against him too many times. Hopefully Sykes starts in his place on Monday. Definitely need to improve our game for Monday's match because apart from a 20 minute spell we struggled to get a hold of the game. The Wycombe Fleetwood match was better value for money entertainment wise that's for sure! (oh and it rained, of course it did)
  9. Haha, I'm not confident either! Then again, I'm never confident - I've followed Oxford for too long! We were in decent form before the season got halted, but after such a long break I've got no idea what's going to happen,. Weirdly, I sort of feel like this a free hit sort of game. Would I like to win, absolutely, but if we don't I'd still be happy as that is the best season I've experienced in a long time and finishing wherever we end up will be an achievement in itself. Wycombe were in a downward spiral before all of this but I guess none of that is really relevant now. Fleetwood and Pompey play much nicer football, but Wycombe are sort of ugly and effective. Good luck to all, hopefully it'll be good entertainment value whatever happens. I'm going to set the TV up in the garden now so my mate who sits next to me at the ground can watch it with me socially distanced, just hope it doesn't start raining.
  10. Yeah it was a great night even though we lost in the end, pushed a Premier League team, who weren't fielding a youth side, right to the end. Saint-Maximin looked dangerous in the first leg despite getting a load of stick from their fans afterwards, and even though his decision making was a bit dodgy I thought that one of his efforts was going to go in eventually. Can't begrudge him it though, no-one was really at fault, just a great finish. Oh well, had a cracking night out in Newcastle in the first leg and a great evening last night, we get a bit of a payday which is probably peanuts to a prem club but is not to be sniffed at for a club our size. In a way I'm relieved as our league form was suffering a bit and play offs is the target this year. Lost two of our best players in the window, Baptiste and Fosu, to Brentford which is annoying but again a club like ours has to sell to survive unfortunately. Good luck to them both, hopefully they go on to better things. Got some tough games coming up against Posh, Sunderland, and Ipswich this month which will probably decide how far we go. Whether we make the play offs or not this year it's been the best season I can remember for a long time and I'm just enjoying the ride whilst it lasts.
  11. Man City at home again, oh well it was fun while it lasted!
  12. Beat Sunderland on penalties last night to make it through to the quarter finals of the League cup for the first time in almost 30 years. In truth I didn't think we played very well, first half was quite even, second half we wasted some good chances that I thought would come back to haunt us. Last 20 minutes or so we were on the ropes and it was obvious that some players had completely run out of steam - I have no idea why Robinson left it so late to get them off and get some fresh legs on, but inevitably they scored, and it was obvious that it was coming for some time. Not a vintage performance in any way, and I thought some of our players played really poorly based on what I know they can do - Baptiste especially was incredibly wasteful, passes to nowhere, and a couple of suicide passes for good measure. But it was nice to have an off day and get away with it for once. Sunderland will feel hard done by, but they had enough chances to win it in normal time so it didn't go to pens and their finishing was woeful. I hate watching penalty shoot outs anyway, but in person it's just horrific. I didn't need to worry though as we scored all of ours and Sunderland missed one (Will Grigg - who I think cost them a few quid last season) and had one saved (McNulty). Cue the place going beserk after their last pen was saved. A chilly night in our soulless breeze block of a stadium, but one I'll definitely remember.
  13. Guess it comes down to whether the players still have confidence in him. When we went through a ropey patch, well a ropey season really, it was noticeable that the players stood by the manager even though fans were wanting him out. Things have turned around now but it's taken a long time. But with our previous manager it was obvious that players had lost confidence in him and there wasn't really any coming back from that. The whole atmosphere got toxic and it just wasn't a good place to be for anyone.
  14. I suppose the question is who do you want to replace him? As sometimes these things don't end up improving the situation. Why have things changed so much this season? Have to admit I didn't keep track of all the comings and goings in L1 so was recruitment the issue? I know you signed Marquis but wasn't sure who had left (as presumably he cost a few quid!). We beat a pretty poor Rochdale team in horrific conditions on Saturday, somehow the rain was hitting me in the face despite the fact I sit about 3 rows from the back of the stand. In fairness to them they tried to play it out from the back and pass it about but they never really looked threatening and started resorting to hopeful long balls to chase after about 15 minutes. We went two up quite quickly, then their lone striker got a straight red just before half time which killed the game and allowed us to rest some players for Sunderland on Tuesday night. Second half was a bit strange in that they didn't seem to want to try and chase the game and we were content to just keep possession, probably the most relaxed I've been at an Oxford match. That said, we were wasteful with chances in the second half we should have put away - in this case it didn't matter but against a better team that will hurt us. Pleased Sam Long got a goal, he's a local boy who has been loyal to the club and has always done whatever is asked of him even though he's not a first team regular. I think this is probably the best team to watch that I can remember, regardless of whether we stay in the play offs or not, after 2 pretty crap seasons I'm just enjoying watching it whilst it lasts.
  15. Not sure the Bolton team from the start of the season is the one you'll be facing now - they signed a load of players on deadline day which means it's bit of a different proposition. I was initially annoyed that we only managed to draw with them, but Sunderland needed an injury time penalty to salvage a draw there at the weekend. Whether that's fair or not in terms of teams playing them earlier in the season getting an easier ride is another matter. Went away on holiday and we seemingly battered Lincoln (who coincidentally our old manager has just been appointed to) 6-0. Then we went on to beat West Ham 4-0 in the League cup after making 6 changes to the team (admittedly they made 9 but still). Maybe I should go on holiday more often! Shame about drawing Sunderland at home in the next round as I was hoping for a novelty away day, but I suppose the upside is it's winnable.
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