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Oxford United beaten 4-1 by Cambridge in the Papa John’s Trophy

Oxford Line-up and Stats

EFL CUPAbbey Stadium
Tue 30 AUG 2021Attendance: –
Cambridge4Oxford United1
Smith45′ 45’+371′Agyei
38Chambers-Parillon⬇️45 Nosakhare
26Kane⬇️87 Anifowse
27Holland⬇️62 O’Donkor
55Nosakhare⬆️ 45 Chambers-Parillon
51Anifowse⬆️87 Kane
49O’Donkor⬆️ 62 Holland

Cambridge vs Oxford Match Report

Oxford suffered a heavy loss, exacerbated by Luke McNally’s red card either side of a Sam Smith quick double right before half time.

Manager Karl Robinson made 11 changes in the first EFL Trophy South Group H match, giving a debut to loan signing Herbie Kane, who joined this week with Ben Davis of Fulham.

It was a young team with Leon Chambers-Parillon (19), Michael Elechi (19), Tyler Goodrham (18), and Joshua Johnson (16) starting, with a bench full of U-19 players Ben Watt, Josh Anifowose, Clinton Nosakhare, Adam Smith, and Gatlin O’Donkor who became Oxford’s youngest player in December 2020.

Despite this, the U’s started strongly with Kane involved in the opening minutes setting Holland on his way with a great ball, before the on-loan winger was tackled.

Tyler Goodrham showed promising signs on his full debut, and was denied by a fine save in the 19th minute when he unleashed a fine effort from 25 yards. Cooper and Holland also had changes to get the first goal.

Alas the opener came from Cambridge as former Oxford man Sam Smith headed in a corner in what was to be a period of time to change the game.

A minute later Knibbs broke through and McNally brought him down, earning a red card for being the last man. Soon after another corner was swung in and Smith bundled his second home. 2-0 down at the break and with ten man gave the U’s a mountain to climb.

At the break,  Clinton Nosakhare came on for his debut for Chambers-Parillon at centre half, and captain Mousinho not only guided him with his experience but he also pulled one back when he headed a corner over.

Sub O’Donkor set up Elechi who hit the post in the 68th minute, but it was Agyei who finally pulled one back with a beauty 4 minutes later. From nothing he picked up the ball and curled a fine finish and almost got one a few minutes later after that but couldn’t get his header on target.

Legs began to tire, and Knibbs bundled in another corner in the 82nd minute before Yearn sealed it in injury time.

Manager Karl Robinson expressed after the match that he thought his side played very well for 42 minutes, and was disappointed to have conceded from set-pieces. He knew beforehand that the younger players would tire in the last 15 minutes and thought Eastwood had a man of the match performance.

But he reserved special treatment for for former Liverpool player Kane saying “Herbie looked another class above. What a player he is, he’s a real special one.”

Oxford United Fixtures and Results 2021/22

08.08.21ACambridge UnitedLeague 1D1-1Match Report
11.08.21ABurton AlbionCarabao CupD1-1Match Report
14.08.21HCharlton AthleticLeague 1W2-1Match Report
17.08.21HCrewe AlexandraLeague 1W1-0Match Report
21.08.21ABolton WanderersLeague 1L1-2Match Report
24.08.21HQueens Park RangersCarabao CupL0-2Match Report
28.08.21HLincoln CityLeague 1W3-1Match Report
31.08.21ACambridge UnitedPapa Johns TrophyL1-4Match Report
04.09.21AAFC WimbledonLeague 1L1-3Match Report
11.09.21HWycombe WanderersLeague 1D0-0Match Report
18.09.21ACheltenham TownLeague 1L0-1Match Report
25.09.21HGillinghamLeague 1
28.09.21HAccrington StanleyLeague 1
02.10.21ASheffield WednesdayLeague 1
05.10.21HStevenagePapa Johns Trophy
09.10.21ASunderlandLeague 1
16.10.21HPlymouth ArgyleLeague 1
19.10.21HShrewsbury TownLeague 1
23.10.21ABurton AlbionLeague 1
26.10.21HSpurs U21Papa Johns Trophy
30.10.21HMorecombeLeague 1
13.11.21AIpswich TownLeague 1
20.11.21AWigan AthleticLeague 1
23.11.21HFleetwood TownLeague 1
27.11.21HRotherham UnitedLeague 1
07.12.21ADoncaster RoversLeague 1
11.12.21AMK DonsLeague 1
18.12.21HWigan AthleticLeague 1
26.12.21APortsmouthLeague 1
29.12.21HAFC WimbledonLeague 1
01.01.22HCheltenham TownLeague 1
08.01.22ALincoln CityLeague 1
15.01.22AWycombe WanderersLeague 1
22.01.22HSheffield WednesdayLeague 1
29.01.22AGillinghamLeague 1
05.02.22HPortsmouthLeague 1
08.02.22AAccrington StanleyLeague 1
12.02.22HBolton WanderersLeague 1
19.02.22ACharlton AthleticLeague 1
22.02.22ACrewe AlexandraLeague 1
26.02.22HCambridge UnitedLeague 1
05.03.22HBurton AlbionLeague 1
12.03.22AShrewsbury TownLeague 1
19.03.22HIpswich TownLeague 1
26.03.22AMorecombeLeague 1
02.04.22APlymouth ArgyleLeague 1
09.04.22HSunderlandLeague 1
15.04.22AFleetwood TownLeague 1
18.04.22HMK DonsLeague 1
23.04.22ARotherham UnitedLeague 1
30.04.22HDoncaster RoversLeague 1

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