U’s day of his­tory is marked by stel­lar win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Lenny Martin

OX­FORD United cel­e­brated their 125th an­niver­sary with their best league win of the sea­son as they saw off Shrews­bury at the Kas­sam.

U’s boss Karl Robin­son was de­lighted his team put on a show to mark the occasion and said of his play­ers: “The de­liv­ery of Tony McMa­hon is sec­ond to none. I thought John Mous­inho and Cameron Bran­na­gan were ex­cel­lent.

“It’s still build­ing blocks, but in the last five or six games we’re al­most there with big play­ers re­turn­ing from in­jury, and that helps.”

Ox­ford stay 21st in League One but stretched their un­beaten run to five games.

“It’s a shame we’re not out of the bot­tom four but we’re be­liev­ing we can put a long run to­gether,” Robin­son said.

“The game was all about all the peo­ple over those 125 years who have been such great ser­vants of this club. I’m new here but we need to un­der­stand the true his­tory of this foot­ball club.”

The con­test got off to a great start for the hosts when Josh Ruf­fels headed in Tony McMa­hon’s cor­ner af­ter three min­utes to give them the per­fect start.

Eleven min­utes later McMa­hon was again the provider with a cross that Gavin Whyte buried with a pow­er­ful header that Joel Cole­man got his hands to but couldn’t keep out.

Wear­ing the or­ange-shirted strip that re­sem­bled the kit from their old Head­ing­ton United days, Ox­ford were com­fort­able sit­ting on their two-goal lead, stay­ing solid.

The Shrews looked a shadow of the team that beat Barns­ley 3-1, threat­en­ing only from set pieces. Luke Wa­ter­fall headed a free­kick wide, and brought a good save out of Si­mon East­wood at a cor­ner.

Sub Mar­cus Browne slot­ted in Ox­ford’s third four min­utes from time af­ter a par­tas­sist from the ref­eree! Shrews­bury Town man­ager John Askey ad­mit­ted he was at a loss to ex­plain how his team could be so poor.

Askey said: “I can’t ex­plain it. We’d come off the back of a good re­sult in which our play­ers worked their socks off.

“I’ve told them in the dress­ing room that if you want a good ca­reer you have to pro­duce it week in, week out.

“There are quite a few of our play­ers where you don’t know what you are go­ing to get from one game to the next.”

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