Oxford United were the hosts to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. The hosts came into this game after a 1-0 well-fought victory away at York City and had a very busy week securing the signings of Kidderminster Harriers star Chey Dunkley and Dundalk’s Patrick Hoban (who will be unavailable until January due to international clearance). Wimbledon, however, came into this fixture after a less busy week in regards to transfers and managed to secure three points against Dagenham also after a 1-0 victory.

The game started out all in Oxford’s favour. The U’s were dominant in possession and were more lively going forward however no clear cut chances were created. The Oxford strike-force, consisting of Hylton and Roberts were lively but found it difficult to find space and get on the end of any crosses provided by the wingers. Wimbledon found themselves into the game following a fantastically worked freekick which saw Adebayo Akinfenwa clip a ball into the onside Tubbs, but he failed to beat Clarke who caught comfortably. Following this, the Dons Azeez also found himself onside, but under pressure could only see his effort tipped away from Clarke for a corner. The rest of the half simmered out into a flat contest where only a few half chances were squandered by either side.

The second half started in a complete juxtaposition to the first. Wimbledon were first out of the starting blocks and after great perseverance down the left wing, Azeez once more found himself space in the box. He slightly scuffed his shot from 10 yards so it was easily collected at the feet of Clarke and this was a chance he really should have done better with. A let off for Oxford it seemed and once again the game died out. Oxford retained the majority of possession but found it difficult to break down the resilient Wombles. On 68′ a breakthrough in the game came for Oxford United as Riley’s cross was met first time by Hylton whose half volley whistled just over the stranded Shea and the bar. Once again the game began to stagnate until stoppage time. Potter burst into the box and cut inside, however his resulting shot was gathered by James Shea smartly. Appleton will be rueing missed chances again but hopeful that new face Hoban will be able to turn this around. It was a well fought point by Wimbledon who were under the cosh for the majority of the game and I am sure they will be happy with the result travelling back down south.

Oxford United

 Ryan Clarke – Clarke had little to do over the course of the game but stepped up when called for pulling off a couple of smart saves. 7.0
 Joe Riley – Riley had a strong game defensively and was also efficient going forward supplying good crosses to Hylton. 6.0
 Johnny Mullins – Mullins held his own against the powerful Akinfenwa and helped cancel out any threat he and Tubbs posed. 7.0
 Jake Wright – Wright also contained Tubbs and Akinfenwa well. His dispatch from the back was slightly shaky but overall he had a good game. 6.5
 Tareiq Holmes-Dennis – Holmes-Dennis was matched up against League Two hotshot Matt Tubbs and contained him very well. He was also efficient going forward but failed to inspire a United goal. 7.0
 Andy Whing – Whing was instrumental in midfield. He became the epicentre of a battle between himself and Akinfenwa showing spirit and passion and he played very well indeed. 7.5
 Danny Rose – Rose was lively but largely inefficient in midfield. His delivery was off but he showed the only real sign of creativity within the side. 5.5
 Danny Hylton – The League Two top scorer was once again lively but somewhat wasted on the right wing. The chances that fell to him he squandered and he will be disappointed with his display. 6.0
 Brian Howard – The attacking midfielder showed signs of creativity during brief spells of the game but didn’t get involved as much as he perhaps should have. 6.0
 Alfie Potter – Showed brief spells of the ‘good’ Potter but the game passed him and he had a very poor game. His touch was off and he found himself running down blank channels. One to forget for Potter. 4.0
 James Roberts – The youngster showed maturity in regards to positioning but didn’t involve himself too much. His afternoon was also cut short due to a nasty looking hamstring injury. 6.0

Substitutions

 Callum O’Dowda – He was on the ball a lot in the period that he was on for however he could not muster any chances or inspiration 5.0
 Tyrone Barnett – Hold up play was good and dispatch excellent. He changed the game in Oxford’s favour after what was a very flat spell. 6.5

 AFC Wimbledon

 James Shea – Much like Clarke was largely uncontested during the game but was commanding from corners and did well to prevent strikes from Potter. 7.0
 Barry FullerThe fullback had a good game preventing Potter and made it a very frustrating afternoon for the winger. 7.0
 Jack Smith – The centre half controlled aerial threat from Hylton and had a solid game. 6.0
 Adam Barrett – The centre half counterpart of Smith also had a solid game. He too was dominating in the air, making it very frustrating for the United forwards. 7.0
 Alan Bennett – Had a good game making work of the tireless Hylton. His hard work paid off and earned his team a point. 7.0
 Frankie Sutherland – His work rate was exceptional in midfield and he helped to pull the strings for the Dons. 6.5
 Sammy Moore – Helped graft his team a well deserved point in midfield and put in a shift for his side. 7.0
 Dannie Bulman – The ex Oxford midfielder was renowned for his hard work during his spell with the U’s. His performance matched his label on Saturday afternoon. 7.0
 Matt Tubbs – Was wasted out wide and didn’t get in the game at all. Very disappointing performance from Tubbs. 5.0
 Adebayo Akinfenwa – The powerful target man proved a handful in the first half but was figured out and was unable to get the ball down and play in the second. 5.5
 Adebayo Azeez – Found himself in goal-scoring positions more than once but failed to capitalise on this. 6.0

Substitutions

 George Francomb – Replaced Sutherland well but was not able to influence the Dons to find a winner. 6.0
 George Oakley – Was not able to make an impact during the time he was on for. 5.0

 

Man of the Match

Andy Whing – He was metronomic in midfield. He showed great determination and resilience and also endured in a fantastic physical battle with Akinfenwa. 7.5

 

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