imageWinless Oxford United held Southend, who haven’t won in three league games, to a 1-1 draw at Roots Hall this afternoon. Teenager Jack Payne gave the hosts the lead after 36 minutes but that was cancelled out when Danny Hylton went down inside the box and converted his penalty past Daniel Bentley midway through the second half.

Southend United

Bentley- Didn’t have much to do during the game but when he did, he took it well and pulled off a couple of fantastic saves which could’ve cost Southend the game. Oxford’s goal came from a penalty which is unfortunate for him. 8.0
Prosser- Stuck to his task but gave the ball away cheaply a number of times. When called upon, he did his job well and looked solid throughout. 6.5
White- Rarely called upon in the first half but in the second he handled his opportunities very well and did well to contain the Oxford attacks along the flanks. 7.0
Coker- When called upon, did well and got forward a few times to give Southend that extra attacking presence. Picked up an injury in the deaths of the game, causing Southend to finish with only 10 men. 7.0
Thompson- Made a couple of mistakes early on which could’ve led to goals had they been taken, but he seemed to mature as the game went on and played his role well. 6.5
Clifford- Had a good first half, chased everything down and tracked back and won the ball but in the second half gave the ball away a few times. The ball fell to him a few times but he failed to hit the back of the net. 7.0
Atkinson- Seemed to have the most energy out of everyone on the pitch over the course of the 90 minutes. Chased everything down, putting Oxford under pressure but had no clear cut chances. 7.5
Leonard- Played the midfield role well and set up a few chances. Had a few self-made chances of his own but seemed to tire towards the end. 7.0
Payne- Looked a threat throughout the entire time he was on, created chances and caused problems for the Oxford back line. He was also Southend’s goalscorer when he netted just inside the box. 8.5
 Weston – Had a few good spells where he beat a few players and either go for goal himself or set up chances but wasn’t active all the time but seemed to set the tempo when he had possession. 6.5
Coulthirst- Played in a different position today and seemed to adapt to it well at the start of the game. He constantly made good runs and was in good positions but didn’t get on the ball as much as he would’ve liked and had about 1 really good chance. 6.5
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Hurst- Played for about 15 minutes but failed to have any real impact on the game 6.0
 Worrall- When he came on, got the ball quite a bit down the wing but finished the game in more of a defensive role as Southend went down to 10 men due to an injury. 6.5
 Corr- Looked quite lively during his 20 minutes of game time but didn’t have any real chances to make an impact on the game. 6.5

Oxford United

Long- Looked uncomfortable dealing with crosses and set pieces throughout. Fast distribution was effective, though. 6.5
Riley- Limited attacking threat. Troubled frequently by the Southend forwards. 6.0
Mullins- Solid at the back throughout. Was the source of many second half attacks. 8.0
Wright- Broke down attacks imperiously. 8.0
Newey- Played a solid game at LB, but was troubled by Southend’s right winger. 7.0
Hylton- Played a good role throughout and was the source of Oxford’s threat in the final third. 9.0
Jakubiak- Mostly ineffectual in the 1st half, however was a constant threat in the second half of the game. 8.0
Ruffels- More impact going forward in the second half. Looked overwhelmed in the 1st. 7.0
Rose- Broke up play fairly well and was involved in many attacks. Passed well throughout the entire 90 minutes. 7.0
Brown- Looked a bright spark in Oxford’s attack before going off injured. 7.0
Hoskins- Should have netted on a number of occasions, but played intelligently before receiving a nasty looking injury. 7.0
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 Hunt- Looked comfortable coming on as a first half sub. However, his deliveries into the box were poor. 7.0
O’Dowda- Instrumental in almost all attacks. Looked pacey and dangerous on the wing. 8.0
 Potter-  Lost the ball far too often and failed to make a significant impact. 6.0


Man of the Match

Danny Hylton- Looked the most likely Oxford player to score throughout the match and got into the position to win the penalty and convert it. 9.0


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