“It’s like asking for the wine list at a Little Chef.”
A tremendous analogy from my good friend Joel* who was attempting to describe what it’s been like watching his beloved Oxford United so far this season. He was bemoaning the fact that the Yellows just don’t have have good enough players to play total football in the cut and thrust of League Two. With Wycombe pressing Oxford high up the pitch, Joel was proved correct with the visitors dominating possession in the second half. That said, a point looked likely following a penalty being awarded to the hosts at the death. However, Danny Hylton’s spot kick tested the resolve of a Citroen Picasso’s windscreen rather than Matt Ingram and the points deservedly went to Wycombe.
Aside from the occasional break from the impressive Hylton, the Chairboys looked pretty comfortable in the first half and were unfortunate to go in at half time a goal down. A rare lapse from Joe Jacobson allowed Oxford to take the lead from the spot but Wycombe hadn’t really tested Oxford keeper Ryan Clarke either. With Steven Craig picking up a knock on fifty minutes, the travelling fans got their first look at new signing Hogan Ephraim who came on for the Scot. His first touch was a sublime piece of control which lead to an excellent cross and Oxford couldn’t clear their lines, allowing Paul Hayes to swoop for the equaliser. The next twenty minutes saw some of the best football I’ve seen from Wycombe for quite some time as they pulverised a hapless Oxford. With no time allowed on the ball and few willing outlets the Yellows ceded possession constantly and the second goal looked inevitable. It arrived from a pleasingly familiar source, with Sam Wood being allowed to cross the ball into the box and Peter Murphy burying the chance with a precision header. Wycombe continued to dominate and Ephraim looks to be the missing piece of the jigsaw. The only cloud was the lapse in each half to concede a penalty against the run of play.
A massive three points with the Chairboys entering a busy period with potential suspensions mounting up. For my post match interview with Gareth Ainsworth click here.
Here are the commentary highlights from myself and Will Vince, big thanks to Keith Cummings as ever for editing the audio.
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* Joel constantly talks about booze and he has written a book on the subject. It’s excellent, buy a copy for Christmas and cheer him up.