Thursday, 10 January 2013

Some things have to change.... Surely?

It is now 15 games since I saw Oxford United Football Club win a game whilst I was present. My search for 3 points for the first time since December 2010 extends to Bradford on Saturday. It could be a good time to play the Bantams, after a stunning 3-1 victory over Premier League side Aston Villa in the League Cup on Tuesday, their attentions may well be else where. On the flip side, they are flying high in League Two under Phil Parkinson and will not want to drop away from the leaders Gillingham and Port Vale.

The last two trips to Valley Parade have been a bit of a disaster. In our first season back in the football league, we lost 5-0 and had both centre-backs sent off, whilst last season we went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat but had Damian Batt sent off before half time. An improvement this season would be to keep a full eleven on the field of play.

Youth team graduate Tyrone Marsh scored his first senior goal in the JPT against Southend on Tuesday and will be hoping to keep at least a place on the bench for the trip north. There have been hints that Deane Smalley and Adam Chapman will also make the trip but the game may come too soon for either to feature in the match-day squad. Loanees Justin Richards and Lewis Montrose are eligible for selection whilst Peter Leven is rated at 50/50 after missing the game against Southend.

Bradford have strengthened their already impressive forward line with the signing of Andy Gray from Leeds United. He joins James Hanson, Alan Connell and the highly rated Nakhi Wells in a bid for a starting place on Saturday. In between the sticks, Matt Duke produced a top performance against Villa but may find himself threatened by Jon McLaughlin for the number one jersey.

For myself, I am strangely filled with hope, the recent form of wingers Alfie Potter and Sean Rigg, which has seen the latter nominated for December's player of the month, means I hope we will not park the bus in a bid to gain a creditable draw. This season, I have seen 11 games of football (6 Oxford United, 2 Burton Albion, 2 York City and 1 Hull City), in 10 of these, the team that I have been supporting has not won. 

Check back at the weekend to see my opinions from Bradford City v Oxford United at Valley Parade.

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