Oxford Line-up and Stats
|FA Cup||Kassam Stadium|
|Sun 7th NOV 2021||Attendance: 5083|
|Oxford United||2||Bristol Rovers||2|
|6||Alex Gorrin||⬇️ 22′|
|18||Marcus McGuane||⬇️ 79′||⚽|
|10||Mark Sykes||⬇️ 71′|
|21||Gavin Whyte||⬇️ 71′|
|9||Matt Taylor||⬇️ 71′||⚽?|
|14||Forde||⬆️ 71 for Whyte|
|7||Williams||⬆️ 22 for Gorrin|
|23||Bodin||⬆️ 71 for Sykes|
|19||Agyei||⬆️ 71 for Taylor|
|20||Hanson||⬆️ 79 for McGuane|
Oxford United vs Bristol Rovers Match Report
In-form Oxford United went into tomorrows draw for round 2 of the Emirates FA Cup after a great 2-2 draw against League Two Bristol Rovers managed by Joey Barton and 34 places below them in the football pyramid.
The woodwork and a man of the man performance from opposition keeper James Belshaw denied both Sykes and Taylor world-class goals in the glorious sunshine.
After exits in both the Carabao Cup and the EFL Trophy, Matty Taylor gave the hosts a dream start in just the 11th minute when a returning Cameron Brannagan released Mark Sykes to drive the perfect low cross for Taylor to finish off.
Barton was known for his combative playing style, and it’s clear that he sets up his side to play similarly. Alex Gorrin took a heavy challenge and was forced off to injury, and Taylor was targeted to trigger a reaction. The plan worked as he was booked for a foul which sparked a melee and the team looked unsettled.
The Gas capitalised in first half injury time with Sam Finley, who also got booked in the handbags, picking up a loose ball with Long’s headed clearance not strong enough.
Rovers started the second half as they finished, having possession and keeping the U’s pinned into their own half. But McGuane scored a special goal in the 51st minute against the run of player after an intelligent 1-2 with Matty Taylor. The former Nottingham Forest player bended in a curling shot with the instep to give his side the lead.
Minutes later Williams teed up Whyte who missed a sitter and should have put the game out of sight. Chances flowed by as a 4 vs 2 situation saw Taylor fire wide, and Finley fired over after a corner.
Sykes almost scored a worldie from his own half which Belshaw tipped over, which would have been the undisputed goal of the season. The keeper then pushed a Sykes effort onto the crossbar as the Yellows tried to put the game out of reach of their opponents.
The woodwork denied Taylor after another special effort with again the keeper off his line with a first timed lobbed volley. The effort rivalled the one by Sykes and the U’s fans were denied two goals that would have been talked about for years to come.
The post denied Taylor again a minute later before he came off to a well earned rest after a great game. The triple substitution saw all three attacking players come off with retaining the lead in mind. The versatile Forde and defensive Hanson were instructed to pack the midfield to hold the game.
The move didn’t quite pay off as Hanson conceded a late penalty by fouling Collins when trying to clear the ball, to gift Evans the equaliser for Rover. An unwanted replay Tuesday week, but still in the competition.
Oxford United Fixtures and Results 21/22
|08.08.21||A||Cambridge United||League One||D||1-1||Match Report|
|11.08.21||A||Burton Albion||Carabao Cup||D||1-1||Match Report|
|14.08.21||H||Charlton Athletic||League One||W||2-1||Match Report|
|17.08.21||H||Crewe Alexandra||League One||W||1-0||Match Report|
|21.08.21||A||Bolton Wanderers||League One||L||1-2||Match Report|
|24.08.21||H||Queens Park Rangers||Carabao Cup||L||0-2||Match Report|
|28.08.21||H||Lincoln City||League One||W||3-1||Match Report|
|31.08.21||A||Cambridge United||Papa Johns Trophy||L||1-4||Match Report|
|04.09.21||A||AFC Wimbledon||League One||L||1-3||Match Report|
|11.09.21||H||Wycombe Wanderers||League One||D||0-0||Match Report|
|18.09.21||A||Cheltenham Town||League One||L||0-1||Match Report|
|25.09.21||H||Gillingham||League One||D||1-1||Match Report|
|28.09.21||H||Accrington Stanley||League One||W||5-1||Match Report|
|02.10.21||A||Sheffield Wednesday||League One||W||2-1||Match Report|
|05.10.21||H||Stevenage||Papa Johns Trophy||L||1-2||Match Report|
|16.10.21||H||Plymouth Argyle||League One||L||1-3||Match Report|
|19.10.21||H||Shrewsbury Town||League One||W||2-0||Match Report|
|23.10.21||A||Burton Albion||League One||W||3-1||Match Report|
|26.10.21||H||Spurs U21||Papa Johns Trophy||W||3-2||Match Report|
|30.10.21||H||Morecombe||League One||W||3-1||Match Report|
|7.11.21||H||Bristol Rovers||FA Cup||D||2-2||Match Report|
|13.11.21||A||Ipswich Town||League One||D||0-0||Match Report|
|16.11.21||A||Bristol Rovers||FA Cup||L||3-4||Match Report|
|23.11.21||H||Fleetwood Town||League One||W||3-1||Match Report|
|27.11.21||H||Rotherham United||League One||D||0-0||Match Report|
|04.12.21||A||Sunderland||League One||D||1-1||Match Report|
|07.12.21||A||Doncaster Rovers||League One||W||2-1||Match Report|
|11.12.21||A||MK Dons||League One||W||2-1||Match Report|
|18.12.21||H||Wigan Athletic||League One||L||2-3||Match Report|
|29.12.21||H||AFC Wimbledon||League One||W||3-0||Match Report|
|01.01.22||H||Cheltenham Town||League One||D||1-1||Match Report|
|08.01.22||A||Lincoln City||League One||L||0-2||Match Report|
|15.01.22||A||Wycombe Wanderers||League One||L||0-2||Match Report|
|22.01.22||H||Sheffield Wednesday||League One||W||3-2||Match Report|
|29.01.22||A||Gillingham||League One||W||7-2||Match Report|
|01.02.22||A||Wigan Athletic||League One||D||1-1||Match Report|
|05.02.22||H||Portsmouth||League One||W||3-2||Match Report|
|08.02.22||A||Accrington Stanley||League One||L||0-2||Match Report|
|12.02.22||H||Bolton Wanderers||League One||L||2-3||Match Report|
|19.02.22||A||Charlton Athletic||League One||W||4-0||Match Report|
|22.02.22||A||Crewe Alexandra||League One||W||1-0||Match Report|
|26.02.22||H||Cambridge United||League One||W||4-2||Match Report|
|01.03.22||A||Portsmouth||League One||L||2-3||Match Report|
|05.03.22||H||Burton Albion||League One||W||4-1||Match Report|
|12.03.22||A||Shrewsbury Town||League One||W||2-1||Match Report|
|19.03.22||H||Ipswich Town||League One||D||1-1||Match Report|
|02.04.22||A||Plymouth Argyle||League One||L||0-1|
|15.04.22||A||Fleetwood Town||League One||W||3-2|
|18.04.22||H||MK Dons||League One||W||1-0|
|23.04.22||A||Rotherham United||League One||L||1-2|
|30.04.22||H||Doncaster Rovers||League One||D||1-1|