LEWIS IS COY ON HIS JOB CHANCES
MICKEY Lewis refused to be drawn on his chances of becoming Oxford’s permanent manager after the U’s recorded consecutive home wins for the first time in 18 months with victory over AFC Wimbledon.
Tom Newey gave Oxford the lead in the closing stages of the first half, nodding in Danny Rose’s corner, before David Connolly scored on his debut to give his new side their eighth successive win against AFC Wimbledon.
Charlie Wyke scored the consolation goal for the Dons – their first ever goal against Oxford – capitalising on some defensive indecision.
But despite the win, Lewis insisted that he is more concerned about on-the-pitch issues than he is about his potential interview for the vacant managerial position left by the departed Chris Wilder.
“I don’t want to sound like a total bore, but I’m just concentrating on the next game at Bury,” he said.
“I thought that Wimbledon really put us under pressure at times and we had to stand up to that and really put a shift in.
“It was a tight first half and Newey scored an important goal from a very good set piece.
“David Connolly is 36-years-old but is still prepared to run in from behind people and he showed that with his goal.
“It was a great goal at the right time for us and he took it brilliantly. He showed what a class player he is and his experience shone through.”
In a fairly innocuous first half, the visitors had the best of the possession and territory, but it was Oxford who took the unlikely lead just before half-time.
After Matt Bevans forced a corner off Harry Pell, Rose’s inswinging delivery was diverted past Ross Worner off the head of left-back Newey for his first goal for the club.
Deadline-day loan signing Connolly came off the bench at half-time to try and inspire some life into the lacklustre Oxford attack.
And the veteran striker made an immediate impact, latching on to Newey’s ball forward and looping it over the onrushing Worner for Oxford’s second.
Wyke pulled one back for Wimbledon after a defensive error by Johnny Mullins allowed the striker to beat Ryan Clarke at his near post, but it was little consolation for his manager Neal Ardley
“I’ve got that feeling of grave disappointment,” Ardley said. “I can’t really fault the players as I’ve asked them to stand up and be men and they did that.
“There were very few clear chances and the goal in the first half came out of the blue because up until then they hadn’t really threatened.
“I felt like we could have got something from the game and we certainly weren’t outplayed here.
“The only consolation that I can take is that I thought we played well, I thought we were on the ascendency for large parts of the game.”
STAR MAN TOM NEWEY
Oxford AT A STRETCH: Dave Connolly beats Will Antwi to score Oxford’s second goal