Have you ever worked with someone you simply did not like? thought he was not a very nice person. Well I have only once some 6 or 7 years ago, out at Heathfied driving for a health care co.Guess what he was an Oxford fan and took great delight coming into work the next day after they beat us one nil at their place, wearing his Oxford shirt.
So I was so over joyed when they went down, only saddened when It happened to us. So nothing less than a good thrashing of the Oxford will do for me, but I fear not anyway, our form Is good and the team will want to keep building on the great results Of late. So a win but I fear in front Of only around 1700.
Last night's results have again favored Torquay with Crawley, Burton and Kidderminster all drawing leaving us six points off the top with a game in hand. The only downside is that three points separate the top six teams but a win against Oxford would mean that we would join this top group
Again, with no team running away with the league, it is very important that we keep this run going because at this rate there is a good chance that we could be top by November. ( Round about the same time that Aldershot went top: at which point they kept their good run just going and going!)
I would quite like to see a 4-4-2 formation again as per Stevenage. I haven't heard anything in respect of Benyon and presume Matt Green will start in what could be an interesting match for him. Like Stevenage, the Oxford match seems to produce shed loads of goals so again could be a good one to see.
I also suspect a crowd of 1700-1800 but this fixture really deserves at least 2000. Never mind, the televised match against York only had 1500 and the crowd played its part that day also.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
I must say I would be very dissapointed with such a low crowd. It would be a very bad sign for the future of our club if we only managed to pull in 1700 after the run we've been on and following a thumping win in the previous game.
I know its on tele but would still expect over 2000. Even in their current state Oxford will surely bring more than the paltry few that Stevenage managed which will increase the attendance as well!
Jerry I do no think that getting a low crowd figure, reflects anyway on the club or team. Its just what we have talking about on here, the credit crunch, two games In a week plus It being On the TV. I know that I won't be able to go, but do hope to be home On time to catch most Of it on TV.
many moons ago I would have gone In late to make sure I did not miss the game, but a 5.30am start Thursday and Friday and knowing due to another commitment I won't get home to 7.30pm of later Thursday, means I will settle to just watch the game On the TV.
Get your arses to Plainmoor and wave to the camera's. I'll be waving back from behind my pint of Guinness at my local pub in Eindhoven
Looking forward to this one, the Gulls are on a good run and the players are very confident. Hopefully they don't underestimate the opposition and throw everything at them (even the kitchensink!)
I wonder how Oxford will approach the game tonight, attack of go for a point? I seem to remember they played us off the park last season. We conceded very fast but thanks to a Zebroski goal, just before halftime, got back into the game. Second half it was all Torquay with Oxford trying to get away with a point. Zebroski and Sills won it in the end.
I have said we should give praise where it Is due, but In my view Bucks cost us the two points tonight. After playing well and being the better team In the first half, we did deserve to go in one up.
Stevens was not doing that much second half, but why bring on Hodges to play there? It should have been Carayol, who would have caused them far more problems. Why bring on a 16 year old, when we are only one up and sitting far to deep.
You just knew they were going to score at the end, sorry Bucks you got your tactics and substitutions all wrong tonight and lost us two points.
Watched the game on Setanta and ended up quite depressed by the performance. First half was reasonable enough, playing at a good tempo and taking the game to Oxford. However Oxford were playing poorly and I felt we were too wasteful with possession. Well done to Robertson for gambling and scoring at close range from a corner.
Second half we looked solid but we were no attacking threat at all, our attackers looking very isolated. Oxford seized their chance and Bevan made some outstanding saves, particularly the one tipping the ball at full stretch against the up-right. Strange substitutions which took away our already struggling attacking play, Hodges for Stevens and Yeoman (his debut at 16 years old) for Green. Oxford got a deserved late equaliser similiar to our goal from a corner.
Oh dear, I think you've got a point on that other thread, Dave. We don't do ourselves justice on Setanta
Yes I agree, Dave. Buckle has got most decisions correct in recent weeks and deserved the praise, but tonight lost the plot somewhat. Not a good time to bring on a 16 year old for his debut, and any attacking impetus was lost bringing on Hodges at left midfield when we needed an injection of pace.
Scratchy,frustrating old game to watch between two sides who seem to know one another far too well for me. Almost like a local derby.
We put them under enormous pressure in the first quarter and deservedly lead from a corner, then began to look terrified of conceding rather than settle down to play a flowing game.
No-one picked Robertson up for our goal and no-one picked Traynor up for theirs..................just before the re-start Woods has his concentration interrupted by being spoken to by the ref (the ref's entitled to do that) and the next thing we know is that the marking is disorganised and the "spare"man has put the ball in our net.
It looked like we were going to lose it at the end but fortunately the ref didn't see what the TV cameras did..................Woods with his arse on the grass again and catching the Oxford forward in the box with a sliding tackle that made contact with man before ball.
Teams that win titles get away with such fortune at times, and teams that win titles also get away with a lot of single goal victories. That we didn't tonight doesn't mean that we won't win the title, but we may well be looking back on tonight next May and saying this was a night when we ground out a point at home rather than when we "lost" two points.
First rule of football: if you can't win, don't lose. Not pretty to watch but pretty basic stuff in the whole scheme of things.