Oxford overcame top flight Swansea City in the game of the weekend in the FA Cup.
FT: OXFORD 3-2 SWANSEA
It's very rare that you have to rub your eyes in disbelief and mutter "is this really happening?" at a football match. Today was one of those days. It's also quite rare, especially over the last few years, to be proud as punch to support Oxford United Football Club. Today was definitely one of those days.
WOW. I could just leave it at that couldn't I?
If someone had walked into the ground knowing that one team was in the Premier League and one was in League Two but not knowing which was which, I'm sure their guess would be that United were the top flight side. It was fantastic to see Oxford stick to their philosophy of passing football that has been so successful in the league this season and not be tempted to change our style. Swansea are famous for their passing style of play but weren't on the same planet as Oxford as we played the Premier League side off the park in the first half.
Unfortunately, completely against the run of play, Swansea City took the lead through Jefferson Montero. They'd looked pretty poor up until the goal but they showed their Premier League class on 23 minutes through the Ecuadorian international. Montero darted into box, exchanged passes with Marvin Emnes and astutely flicked it into the net.
Swansea very nearly doubled their lead soon after, which would have been incredibly harsh on a composed Oxford team. A curling free kick from Jonjo Shelvey hit the side netting, which the Swansea contingent thought had hit the back of the net, to the delight of the Oxford home support.
United controlled the rest of the first half and finally got their reward on the stroke of half time. Alex MacDonald danced into the box before an out of control Bartley took out the left winger, resulting in a penalty kick which Sercombe dispatched.
Many Oxford fans would have been delighted with a replay but the players had their sights firmly set on victory.
United got their noses in front 49 minutes through magic man Kemar Roofe. In a similar goal to the one he bagged in the last round against Forest Green; Roofe cut in from the left and curled a brilliant effort into the far corner, sending the Oxford fans into delirium.
It just got better for Oxford though as Roofe extended our advantage 7 minutes later. Chris Maguire burst forward on the counter-attack before playing an inch perfect to Roofe who raced through on goal before striking the ball against the goalkeeper, causing it to loop up in the air and drop into the net. Oxford were in dreamland.
Swansea did manage to pull another goal back with a very well-worked move. Gomis threaded the ball to Jack Cork, continued his run, received the return ball from Cork and finished it well. There was a hint of offside but having seen the replay, it looks like the linesman was right to give the centre forward the benefit of the doubt.
Oxford managed to see the game out expertly and comfortably. I kept expecting a late Swansea onslaught to begin but it never did. A tremendous result, performance and day for everyone connected with this football club. It's one I'll certainly never forget.
It's impossible to give a man of the match today, every Oxford player gets a 10/10 rating. Lundstram was extraordinary, Sercombe was tremendous, Roofe was staggeringly brilliant and Baldock was just fantastic as ever. So because I can't decide on which player to give it to, I'll give it to the fans who were also absolutely outstanding.