LEWIS FUMES AT LATE GOAL

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Aaron Bower To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

OX­FORD care­taker man­ager Mickey Lewis in­sisted his side were sim­ply not good enough as they lost a march on their pro­mo­tion ri­vals when they were de­nied all three points by a late Rob­bie Threlfall goal.

The U’s looked like they were about to with­stand a bar­rage of More­cambe pres­sure for three price­less points on the road af­ter David Con­nolly’s opener.

But it wasn’t to be as Threlfall struck in in­jury time, leav­ing Lewis seething.

“I’m ab­so­lutely fum­ing, and I’m se­ri­ously not happy,” Lewis said.

“I thought we needed to be bet­ter on the ball, and if we would have been we could have got our­selves an­other goal. I don't think we were good enough on the ball, and we weren’t very good in gen­eral.

“I didn’t have a view on their goal but there was no ex­cuse for that kind of de­fend­ing.

“I didn't think we won enough head­ers, es­pe­cially in the last 20 min­utes.

“We missed chal­lenges all over the park and it led to a re­ally dis­ap­point­ing re­sult.

“It should re­ally have been three points. The last 20 min­utes in par­tic­u­lar were just not good enough.”

Af­ter a lively start with chances at both ends, it was the vis­i­tors who broke the dead­lock in­side the open­ing 15 min­utes. And it was no less than they de­served, given their im­pres­sive start.

Johnny Mullins’ flick on found its way to Con­nolly, and the on­loan Portsmouth man struck with a well-timed ef­fort past Barry Roche.

It could have been two just sec­onds later, but a smart ef­fort from Mullins had to be turned around the post by Roche.

More­cambe huffed and puffed for an equaliser, but it was only in the sec­ond-half when they came alive.

Threlfall's surg­ing run into the box was com­pli­mented with a su­perb ball to Andrew Flem­ing; how­ever, he could only fire over.

The chances kept com­ing for the home side, and they fi­nally got their re­ward at the death.

Af­ter Tony Di­agne forced a cor­ner for the home side, they fi­nally struck when full-back Threlfall grabbed a goal deep into in­jury time to en­sure a share of the spoils for More­cambe.

The point leaves More­cambe still with­out a win in 2014, but boss Jim Bent­ley praised his side’s at­ti­tude as they fought back for what could be a pre­cious point.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing to go one down, be­cause we ac­tu­ally started the game quite brightly,” he said.

“How­ever, with the height we have in our side I can’t ac­cept the de­fend­ing for their goal.

“Credit to the lads though, they gave it their all, kept plug­ging away and ask­ing ques­tions of a very good Ox­ford side.

“We had to make an early change which doesn’t help things but ev­ery­one played their part.

“Our enthusiasm, com­mit­ment and never-say-die at­ti­tude was the thing that got us a fully de­served point in the end against a side who are right in the mix for pro­mo­tion.”

MORE­CAMBE: (4-4-2): Roche 6, Bee­ley 6 (Di­agne 72 7), Par­rish 8, Hughes 6, Threlfall 8, Kenyon 7 (McGee 72 6), Drum­mond 5, Flem­ing 7, Amond 5 (Wright 29 7), El­li­son 4, Samp­son 7 Subs not used: Aresti­dou, Wil­liams, McCready, Doyle

OX­FORD: (4-3-3): Clarke 8, Davies 6, Long 7, Mullins 9, Hunt 7, Wil­liams 7, Rose 8, Wroe 6, Pot­ter 8 (Rigg 75 6), Con­nolly 8 (Ruf­fels 90 N/A), Con­sta­ble 7 Subs not used: Marsh, Henly, Lynn, Be­vans, O' Dowda

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