It's been a while since I last wrote on here. The shock of seeing an Oxford United win quickly subsided as our form turned more inconsistent than the Con-Dems education policy. A few defeats in a row left us looking over our shoulders at the relegation battle before a few wins in a row revitalised hopes of claiming a play-off spot as went enter the business end of the season.
However, after beating top two Gillingham and Port Vale in successive games, we contrived to lose 4-0 at home to Rotherham managed by that awfully polite young man Steve Evans.
On Saturday, a trip to Northampton awaits. Managed by Aidy Boothroyd, the Cobblers have had a good season so far and find themselves well in the promotion mix. With a mix of top level experience in Clarke Carlisle and lower league journeymen in Adebayo Akinfenwa, Boothroyd's men have picked up after a slow start. Former Oxford flyer Chris Hackett is back fit again after an injury layoff and will probably rip us apart.
As for the Oxford side, it's impossible to tell which 11 players will be picked, yet alone which team decides to turn up. I'm looking forward to seeing new midfielder Scott Davies in action and would also like to see Tom Craddock start alongside James Constable. Craddock seems to have adopted the body language of a player who is on their way out of the exit door in the last few games (including the non-celebration of a 90th minute winner v Barnet) so it would be nice for him to finish his OUFC career on a high if that's how it will go. The mystery of who will play at left-back continues, with three options, Chris Wilder has kept everyone guessing with Luke O'Brien and Liam Davis playing in recent fixtures. Davis may get the nod against his former club. I'm also looking forward to seeing Luke McCormick play again, he looked very solid and composed in the dour 0-0 draw v York City. In Akinfenwa, he comes up against a much bigger test.
This will probably be my final Oxford game of the season (apart from the play-off final) so I'm hoping for a positive result and even more so a positive performance.
Win or Lose - Up the U's!