Michael Appleton and Oxford United well set despite penalty trauma

27 September 2015 06:03
Kemar Roofe’s spot-kick miss against Morecambe at the Kassam Stadium was Oxford’s third out of four but their assertive approach is paying dividendsOxford United wasted their third penalty out of four on Saturday on their way to a 0-0 draw with Morecambe at the Kassam. Kemar Roofe won it and fluffed it midway through the second half. In conjunction with other results it means the clubs sit side by side, sixth and seventh, in League Two, five points off Portsmouth at the top, one above Exeter in the bottom half.With the season not quite a fifth over it is too early to count the cost and too simplistic to measure the damage by adding a goal to Oxford’s score in the relevant matches. But on the face of it they may see it as three dropped points – two from this game and one from the 1-0 defeat at Northampton, when Danny Hylton was the culprit. Alex MacDonald’s failure was against Notts County, whom they beat 3-1 anyway. The one they did convert was by Roofe, giving them a 1-1 draw with Mansfield, who had just missed one themselves. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian