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

Oxford Line-up and Stats

EFL CUP Abbey Stadium
Tue 30 AUG 2021 Attendance: –
Cambridge 4 Oxford United 1
Smith 45′ 45’+3 71′ Agyei
Knibbs 80′
Yearn 90’+2
1 Eastwood
38 Chambers-Parillon ⬇️45 Nosakhare
16 McNally 🟥
33 Elechi
15 Mousinho
37 Goodrham
25 Johnson
26 Kane ⬇️87 Anifowse
22 Cooper 🟨
27 Holland ⬇️62 O’Donkor
19 Agyei
13 Stevens
32 Watt
55 Nosakhare ⬆️ 45 Chambers-Parillon
51 Anifowse ⬆️87 Kane
59 Smith
49 O’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

08.08.21 A Cambridge United League 1 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 1 W 2-1 Match Report
17.08.21 H Crewe Alexandra League 1 W 1-0 Match Report
21.08.21 A Bolton Wanderers League 1 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 1 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 1 L 1-3 Match Report
11.09.21 H Wycombe Wanderers League 1 D 0-0 Match Report
18.09.21 A Cheltenham Town League 1 L 0-1 Match Report
25.09.21 H Gillingham League 1 D 1-1 Match Report
28.09.21 H Accrington Stanley League 1 W 5-1 Match Report
02.10.21 A Sheffield Wednesday League 1 W 2-1 Match Report
05.10.21 H Stevenage Papa Johns Trophy L 2-1 Match Report
16.10.21 H Plymouth Argyle League 1 L 1-3 Match Report
19.10.21 H Shrewsbury Town League 1 W 2-0 Match Report
23.10.21 A Burton Albion League 1 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 1 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 1 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 1 W 3-1 Match Report
27.11.21 H Rotherham United League 1 D 0-0 Match Report
04.12.21 A Sunderland League 1 D 1-1 Match Report
07.12.21 A Doncaster Rovers League 1 W 2-1 Match Report
11.12.21 A MK Dons League 1 W 2-1 Match Report
18.12.21 H Wigan Athletic League 1 L 2-3 Match Report
26.12.21 A Portsmouth League 1 P-P Match Report
29.12.21 H AFC Wimbledon League 1 W 3-0 Match Report
01.01.22 H Cheltenham Town League 1 D 1-1 Match Report
08.01.22 A Lincoln City League 1 L 0-2 Match Report
15.01.22 A Wycombe Wanderers League 1 L 0-2 Match Report
22.01.22 H Sheffield Wednesday League 1 W 3-2 Match Report
29.01.22 A Gillingham League 1
01.02.22 A Wigan Athletic League 1
05.02.22 H Portsmouth League 1
08.02.22 A Accrington Stanley League 1
12.02.22 H Bolton Wanderers League 1
19.02.22 A Charlton Athletic League 1
22.02.22 A Crewe Alexandra League 1
26.02.22 H Cambridge United League 1
05.03.22 H Burton Albion League 1
12.03.22 A Shrewsbury Town League 1
19.03.22 H Ipswich Town League 1
26.03.22 A Morecombe League 1
02.04.22 A Plymouth Argyle League 1
09.04.22 H Sunderland League 1
15.04.22 A Fleetwood Town League 1
18.04.22 H MK Dons League 1
23.04.22 A Rotherham United League 1
30.04.22 H Doncaster Rovers League 1

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