⭐ denotes Chairboys Central Man of the Match
Ryan Allsop 7 | Just as he’d been getting used to quiet days, Rocky was reminded of what it feels like to be busy. Unlucky for the goal – just couldn’t quite gather the ball – and kept us in the game with a couple of fine saves among his five in total.
Sido Jombati 6 | Seemed less composed than in his first league appearance of the season against Burton. Made some useful interceptions and wasn’t a million miles away from equalising but less convincing clearing the ball from danger. Centre-back seemingly his best position these days.
Anthony Stewart 7 | Naturally, given our being reduced to ten men, had much more to do than normal – but, and I feel like I’m going to have to stop saying this soon for fear of sounding lazy, did what he does and did it well. Statistical highlight: won 5/6 overall duels.
Darius Charles 7 | Seemed to have a quieter day than usual but didn’t necessarily. Made fewer countable contributions than Stewart but saw his role as organiser and enforcer become even more important after the sending off – and, as you’d expect, stepped up to the challenge.
Joe Jacobson 6.5 | Was always going to be challenged by Oxford’s dynamic wide threat and was probably beaten more than normal. Not himself on the ball, though: 0/14 accurate long balls and less precise from set-pieces. That said, opportunities were limited in the latter sense – we didn’t have a single corner.
Dom Gape N/A (did not play 10 minutes)
Curtis Thompson 6.5 | A standard Thompson afternoon really. Not at his absolute best but did nothing wrong and it was always going to be more of a challenge to disrupt the team who move the ball better than any in the league. Continued to look strong in the air, winning 100% of his aerials.
Matt Bloomfield 7 | Had arguably one of his best games of the season. Started at the tip of an unsuccessful ‘squashed diamond’ but ended up on the left wing until being subbed of late on. Perhaps less effective off the ball but helped make some semi-promising stuff happen in possession – just couldn’t get his only shot off with his right foot after getting into a decent position.
David Wheeler 7.5 ⭐ | CCMOTM for the second weekend running, Wheeler was our main attacking outlet at 11 v 10. Contested 14 aerial duels and won nine (three more than his average per 90). Exhibited some more solid hold-up play and had a half-chance to eqaulise in the second half. A true grafter who is going to be very hard to dislodge from the regular starting 11.
Adebayo Akinfenwa 4 | Booked for an act of silliness then sent off for one of stupidity. Goes without saying that a professional of almost 20 years should know much better. Released Kashket from deep for probably our best opportunity early on, otherwise let a lot of people down.
Scott Kashket 7 | Inevitably substituted just after the hour having run himself into the ground yet again. Applied good pressure and looked to get on the end of whatever he could – including the aforementioned ball from Akinfenwa. Combative and won 6/8 ground duels.
Nnamdi Ofoborh (replaced Gape, 9) 6.5 | Had big shoes to fill once again – and ultimately in less than ideal circumstances. As previously mentioned, passing range is there and greater accuracy will come. Looks to be really enjoying his time here, which you obviously love to see.
Paul Smyth (replaced Kashlet, 62) 7 | A straight swap for Kashket in the enforced 4-4-1 but ended up making most impact with his long throws. No Rory Delap (no one is, to be fair) but can’t have hurl it and caused problems with the ‘zippiness’ of them.
Rolando Aarons (replaced Bloomfield, 81) 6.5 | Completed two dribbles but showed his true class with one in particular, bamboozling a couple of Oxford players down the right with the step overs of which he’s so fond. Could carry it further than he does sometimes – markedly better from him, though, brief though this cameo was.