Sunday, 8 May 2016

Wycombe Reaction- Oxford United Promoted to League One

Savour these moments. They don't come around very often. Make sure you make the most of every second. 

FULL TIME: Oxford Utd 3-0 Wycombe
Oxford United are promoted to Sky Bet League One

Win and we're promoted. Simple as that. Only Wycombe stood in our way now. Gareth Ainsworth's team came with a clear game plan. Spoil the party. They were time-wasting from the first minute and doing so with little shame. Time after time Jombati would effortlessly jog in slow motion to pick the ball up for a thrown in. It was like he was buffering. They never wanted to score, they knew a draw would probably see us slip into the play-offs and they were desperate for that to happen. Maybe it's because Ainsworth doesn't have much to work with in terms of quality on the pitch that he has to resort to these anti-football tactics but it just doesn't sit right with me at all. I'm glad I don't have to watch it every week. 

Oxford did really well to keep a cool head as Wycombe continued to frustrate us. A few shots flashed past the left post as United pressed for the crucial opening goal. Wycombe's full backs were clearly struggling to deal with Chris Maguire's trickery as he showcased why he has been playing at a higher-level for most of his career. He was just head and shoulders above the rest and it looked like he could be the game-changer. He drilled a good shot in just past the half hour mark before traditionally putting a free-kick narrowly wide a few moments later. 

I'm not going to lie, the half time interval was horrible. I couldn't even enjoy the fat bloke doing keepie uppies. I was ridiculously stressed. I just had a terrible, terrible feeling it was going to be one of those days. Memories of Yeovil away at Christmas where we did everything but score began flashing between my eyes. I'm sorry, I couldn't help it.

My stress soon vanished. The banner at the back of the East Stand reads 'Time For Heroes' and that's exactly what Chey Dunkley made himself on 54 minutes. An accurate, pacey corner was whipped in by Maguire and the towering, man mountain of Dunkley powered the ball home with a bullet header. 1-0. Scenes. 

Oxford didn't stop there as Wycombe began to crumble. Their dreams of frustrating us to a 0-0 draw were gone. Sercombe made a surging run forward, which we've become so accustom to over the season, before hitting a shot that was deflected agonisingly wide of the post. Not long after, Roofe struck a shot on the half volley which took a smart save from Allsop to deny him. Pressure was mounting and a second goal imminent. 

That second goal arrived 18 minutes from time. Hylton dinked a ball into the box which Roofe raced onto, he collided with Pierre, went down...PENALTY! It looked incredibly soft but I don't care. Maguire stepped up and fired it down the middle and into the net. He deserved that goal. 2-0 to Oxford and the promotion party began. 

Time began to wind down and League One was getting closer and closer. Oxford had to finish it in style though. An aimless ball to the corner was chased down by the energetic O'Dowda who was clearly after some glory. He cut inside, beat Jombati who tried to bring him down but O'Dowda kept going and fired the ball into the net to send the Oxford fans wild. I'm not one for tears. However I'm not ashamed to admit I shed a tear or two when the local lad smashed in the third to seal the perfect end to a wonderful season. 

The full time whistle blew. The fans spilled onto the pitch. We are going up. 

What a season this has been. We've beaten Brentford, Swindon, Swansea, Millwall, reached a JPT final and got promoted on the final day to top it off. Credit to Michael Appleton who has proven many fans - myself included - wrong this season. He's not only built a successful side but a side that plays an attractive, expansive brand of football. A combination that is not easy to get right, especially in the lower-leagues. He even managed to wind up a few Northampton fans after the game as well for good measure! 

Enjoy the summer everyone. See you at Scunthorpe next season.