Monday, 5 November 2012

Two minutes with… Oxford United, an FA Cup special

Oxford United travelled to Underhill at the weekend for the first round of the FA Cup. The visitors won the game 2-0. Fan, Kevin, gives his thoughts.

Had you been to Underhill before?
Yeah, I’ve been a few times with Oxford.
How did you get to the game?
I live in London now so got the tube. It only took 30 odd minutes, so nice and easy!

The match
Whereabouts in the ground did you sit/stand?
I was stood in the away end down the side. Always love away stands with a low roof, however the pillars were quite annoying.
What did you make of the game?
I thought we did a professional job against what was unfortunately a poor Barnet side. Was surprised by the decision to leave Davids on the bench for so long, most the home fans picked up when he came on and he made a slight difference. All in all very happy with how we played as so often this season we have dominated and came away with nothing.
Who (from either side) do you think deserved to be man of the match?
For us I thought Constable was our best player, looking back to his best thankfully for us; Rigg on the left put in a good performance. For Barnet, I thought Kamdjo won a few headers and put himself about but other than that no one stood out. Thought Collins John was by far the worst player on the pitch!

Was the score line a fair reflection on the game?
I think so, though we could have scored more to be honest. In the FA Cup it is all about getting to the third round for lower league teams so happy with the win.
Who do you play next, and how do you think you’ll get on?
We have Dagenham on Tuesday and Torquay on Saturday both at home and given our current form we should hopefully have six points, but after years of watching Oxford, it’ll probably be two draws!

Cost of match day ticket
Given Barnet are a London club the cost is not surprising but think you would attract a lot more fans with lower prices ––– 5/10
Purchases made at ground
Took me ages to find someone selling a programme but it is quite a decent read. Food and drink - normal football standard so can’t complain ––– 7/10
If you are in front of the pillars it is ok, but with quite a few away fans in there the views were quite restricted ––– 5/10
Quality of football
Both teams tried to play football to their credit but obviously at that standard it’s not always possible. I thought Barnet were quite poor and have to say Collins John was woeful, expected a lot more from him ––– 7/10
Overall experience
I always enjoy going to Barnet as I am in London and with lots of away fan friendly pubs nearby it is always a fixture I look out for. Really hope you guys stay up and get a new stadium sorted. On a final note, a win in the FA Cup is always good! ––– 8/10

Total ––– 32 /50

And you can follow Kevin on Twitter @kevinspackman

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