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 21/22

08.08.21ACambridge UnitedLeague OneD1-1Match Report
11.08.21ABurton AlbionCarabao CupD1-1Match Report
14.08.21HCharlton AthleticLeague OneW2-1Match Report
17.08.21HCrewe AlexandraLeague OneW1-0Match Report
21.08.21ABolton WanderersLeague OneL1-2Match Report
24.08.21HQueens Park RangersCarabao CupL0-2Match Report
28.08.21HLincoln CityLeague OneW3-1Match Report
31.08.21ACambridge UnitedPapa Johns TrophyL1-4Match Report
04.09.21AAFC WimbledonLeague OneL1-3Match Report
11.09.21HWycombe WanderersLeague OneD0-0Match Report
18.09.21ACheltenham TownLeague OneL0-1Match Report
25.09.21HGillinghamLeague OneD1-1Match Report
28.09.21HAccrington StanleyLeague OneW5-1Match Report
02.10.21ASheffield WednesdayLeague OneW2-1Match Report
05.10.21HStevenagePapa Johns TrophyL1-2Match Report
16.10.21HPlymouth ArgyleLeague OneL1-3Match Report
19.10.21HShrewsbury TownLeague OneW2-0Match Report
23.10.21ABurton AlbionLeague OneW3-1Match Report
26.10.21HSpurs U21Papa Johns TrophyW3-2Match Report
30.10.21HMorecombeLeague OneW3-1Match Report
7.11.21HBristol RoversFA CupD2-2Match Report
13.11.21AIpswich TownLeague OneD0-0Match Report
16.11.21ABristol RoversFA CupL3-4Match Report
23.11.21HFleetwood TownLeague OneW3-1Match Report
27.11.21HRotherham UnitedLeague OneD0-0Match Report
04.12.21ASunderlandLeague OneD1-1Match Report
07.12.21ADoncaster RoversLeague OneW2-1Match Report
11.12.21AMK DonsLeague OneW2-1Match Report
18.12.21HWigan AthleticLeague OneL2-3Match Report
29.12.21HAFC WimbledonLeague OneW3-0Match Report
01.01.22HCheltenham TownLeague OneD1-1Match Report
08.01.22ALincoln CityLeague OneL0-2Match Report
15.01.22AWycombe WanderersLeague OneL0-2Match Report
22.01.22HSheffield WednesdayLeague OneW3-2Match Report
29.01.22AGillinghamLeague OneW7-2Match Report
01.02.22AWigan AthleticLeague OneD1-1Match Report
05.02.22HPortsmouthLeague OneW3-2Match Report
08.02.22AAccrington StanleyLeague OneL0-2Match Report
12.02.22HBolton WanderersLeague OneL2-3Match Report
19.02.22ACharlton AthleticLeague OneW4-0Match Report
22.02.22ACrewe AlexandraLeague OneW1-0Match Report
26.02.22HCambridge UnitedLeague OneW4-2Match Report
01.03.22APortsmouthLeague OneL2-3Match Report
05.03.22HBurton AlbionLeague OneW4-1Match Report
12.03.22AShrewsbury TownLeague OneW2-1Match Report
19.03.22HIpswich TownLeague OneD1-1Match Report
02.04.22APlymouth ArgyleLeague OneL0-1
05.04.22AMorecombeLeague OneL1-2
09.04.22HSunderlandLeague OneL1-2
15.04.22AFleetwood TownLeague OneW3-2
18.04.22HMK DonsLeague OneW1-0
23.04.22ARotherham UnitedLeague OneL1-2
30.04.22HDoncaster RoversLeague OneD1-1