Old man Koumas rolls back the years

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP SECOND RND - By Matt Wright

TRAN­MERE man­ager Micky Adams gave thanks to ‘old man’ Ja­son Koumas after the for­mer Wales in­ter­na­tional stepped off the bench to earn a re­play against Ox­ford United.

It was the 35-year-old’s first of the sea­son and it was a strike rem­i­nis­cent of his pomp when the only goals he seemed to deal in were spec­tac­u­lar ones.

But Ox­ford must be won­der­ing how they didn’t win this tie at the first time of ask­ing after cre­at­ing so many chances in the sec­ond half to add to Ty­rone Bar­nett’s two goals

Adams said: “They looked to be in the as­cen­dancy and when they got their sec­ond goal it looked to be game over but what re­silience we showed again.

“We’ve got that never-say­die spirit within the camp and the old man has come on for us and scored.

“Ja­son is a fan­tas­tic lad and ob­vi­ously at his age he would want to play more games but I think he un­der­stands that there’s a new breed that are in there.

“I just had a lit­tle fancy for him, par­tic­u­larly as the game opened up – it was right for a Ja­son Koumas to make a stamp on the game and so it proved.”

Tran­mere broke off 33 min­utes of ut­ter te­dium by go­ing ahead when Cole Stock­ton back-heeled Shamir Fenelon’s cross into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Fenelon should have dou­bled the vis­i­tors’ lead after he out­mus­cled Ox­ford’s Johnny Mullins to go through on goal, only to hope­lessly blaze his shot high and wide.

Early in the sec­ond half, the U’s’ Danny Hyl­ton got away down the right but Callum O’Dowda couldn’t di­rect his cross on tar­get.

But Ox­ford did draw level just be­fore the hour mark thanks to Bar­nett nod­ding in Danny Rose’s cor­ner from close range.

The tie was turned on its head five min­utes later when Joe Ri­ley fed Bar­nett, who turned Mar­cus Hol­ness be­fore shoot­ing across Owain Fon Wil­liams and into the net.

Koumas, how­ever, squared things up again just three min­utes after be­ing brought on when he curled a su­perb shot past Ryan Clarke from 25 yards. Ox­ford boss Michael Ap­ple­ton said: “Ob­vi­ously I was a lit­tle bit dis­ap­pointed with the first half – it was a lit­tle bit flat in the sta­dium and it was dif­fi­cult for the play­ers to deal with.

“I don’t know how many chances we had in the sec­ond half – there must have been at least ten – and not halfchances, there must have been ten qual­ity, good chances so that was very pleas­ing.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing to draw a game where the op­po­si­tion have had three shots and scored two and we’ve had at least eight or nine shots on tar­get but we’re still in the hat.”

STAR MAN TY­RON

E BARNE

TT Ox­ford

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