Written by Jack Hasler
A brilliant first half performance helped Wimbledon gain their first ever win against Oxford who fell to their first home defeat of the season.
After a good start from Oxford, they were surprisingly the side that fell behind as AFC Wimbledon scored with their first real opportunity. A corner was whipped in before a header back across the box found former Cambridge striker Tom Elliott who used height advantage to nod home from five yards out.
After Chris Maguire had a strong penalty claim turned down, the Oxford fans were soon to be angry at the referee again. Dean Parrett made a reckless challenge on U’s striker Wes Thomas on the edge of the area after the Yellows failed to clear a corner, the tackle led to the ball falling to defender Darius Charles who curled beautifully into the top right corner.
Less than five minutes later, the travelling fans were celebrating again as they scored a third. This time a passing move was ended with Reeves threading through winger Andy Barcham who slotted under Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood. As the half-time whistle blew, boos rang around the Kassam, due to both their frustration at the referee and their sides poor performance. This was also the first time this season Oxford have been behind at half-time.
After being sent out onto the pitch early by boss Michael Appleton, Oxford reduced the deficit three minutes into the second half. Chris Maguire was played in behind the Wimbledon defence before hitting a low ball into the area which was deflected into the net by defender Charles who had now scored once for each side.
Oxford then came close to adding a second, after winning their first corner of the game, the home side missed two opportunities before another sent the ball out for a goal kick. First, defender Phil Edwards had a header cleared off the line as was Wes Thomas’ follow up before Kane Hemmings hit an overhead kick over James Shea’s crossbar.
The home side created very few chances in the final thirty minutes allowing Wimbledon to hold on to move above Oxford in the league table and make it six wins in their last nine in all competitions
Oxford and Wimbeldon fans, what did you make of your sides performance? Let us know in the comments below!
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