Delighted Pep is off the mark with U’s
PEP Clotet saluted his players after they got him off to the perfect start as Oxford Untied boss.
Goals from Wes Thomas and Josh Ruffels secured a comfortable win for the U’s, who were the classier outfit as they won for the first time ever at Boundary Park.
The result left the former Swansea and Leeds assistant a happy man in his first match in charge after taking over from Michael Appleton in the summer.
“It’s a very nice way to start and credit to the players for achieving it,” the Spaniard said.
“The way we have started the season is a dream come true. I’m proud of the way we played at a tough place to come.
“It’s also only one game and we need to keep showing the same attitude every time we play.
“They have shown a good attitude and knew how to manage the performance, even when we had ten men because Mike Williamson was off having stitches.
“They knew exactly what to do and it was a good performance, which could have brought more than two goals.”
After a tame opening Oldham’s Craig Davies got in behind the defence but didn’t quite catch hold of his shot properly, allowing Simon Eastwood to scramble to his left to save.
Two minutes later, Thomas put the visitors in front.
Breaking the offside trap to latch onto a Joe Rothwell pass, the former Birmingham man raced through to coolly slot past debutant home goalkeeper Ben Wilson.
The effervescent Jack Payne forced a sharp save from Wilson at the start of the second half and after Oldham substitute Tope Obadeyi slashed wildly wide after seeing the ball land kindly on his favoured left foot, Oxford doubled their lead.
Payne was again at the hub of a move that saw him slip in Ruffels to fire home low into Wilson’s right-hand corner from on the penalty spot.
Oldham had a late shout for a penalty after Christian Ribeiro appeared to handle in the box but home manager John Sheridan felt his side were not quite sharp enough in the final third.
“It is hard to tak, as you are at home on the first day of the season and wanting to get off to a good start,” he said.
“I don’t think there was a lot between the two teams.
The fine little margins, and obviously the two goals, cost us.
“We didn’t work their goalkeeper enough.”