Date: 3rd October 2016 at 11:41am
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Somebody gets a zero. Find out here.

Mark Howard (6)
Good performance from Howard. Felt sorry for him if I`m honest. Carried much more of a presence when collecting balls in the air and had much better control with his kicking. Made an excellent reaction save to deny Chris Maguire but had no chance with the header from Oxford`s Wes Thomas. The second goal was also a good initial save but had no chance from Maguire`s rebound. The one criticism I had was could he have parried the shot further wide to deny the second goal but by that time it was too late.

Josh Vela (4)
Okay game from Vela. He made some good challenges but nowhere quick enough to keep up with Oxford`s wingers. Unsure why Andy Taylor played in midfield and Vela played right back but Parky gave no explanation. However it was awful defending for the first goal. Caught on his heels and Thomas raced ahead of him and you know, he did the rest.

David Wheater (5)
Better from Tuesday night but still not great. Looked very exposed to the Oxford counter attacks and lacked that sharpness to deal with the lively Maguire. Hoping for a better performance next week at Swindon.

Mark Beevers (7)
Can’t criticise him at all. Looked strong and made a massive difference in the defence. Cant blame him for the goals either. Considering he was out all week it was a good performance.

Dean Moxey (0)
Terrible. The second goal sums him up. Weak and lacks passion. Can’t get much worse than that.

Jay Spearing (5)
Better performance but still disappointing. Doesn`t look the same player from the start of the season. His passing was poor and again failed to control the midfield. Even though it wasn`t a great performance at least he tried and gave some effort.

Liam Trotter (2)
Better (by one mark) but it couldn`t get much worse from Tuesday. Dire performance though. Lacked composure, no passing ability and showing his usual ‘Liam Trotter performance`. Not a good sign.

James Henry (6)
Still awaiting that performance that justifies his real quality. You do expect better from him considering his great season with Wolves last year. Missed a good opportunity in the first half to only see his shot sail over the bar.

Andrew Taylor (2)
Played out of position. Lacked real quality and ran around like a headless chicken. At fault for the second goal, but what do you expect with a partnership down the left of Andrew Taylor and Dean Moxey?

Gary Madine (5)
Much better than Proctor and hasn`t played for eight games or so. Won everything in the air which is a positive. Didn`t really have a chance to get a shot away but only a positive to see him back on the pitch.

Zach Clough (5)
Good to be back on the pitch but lacked a real cutting edge. Did try a create opportunities but it never really worked in his favour. We need him at his best if we are going to solve the goal scoring crisis and that goes for Madine as well.

Ref Watch – Mark Haywood (3) Another shocking referee performance. He gave absolutely nothing to us at all. Gave a ridiculous yellow card to Mark Beevers and lacked any communication with his partners in crime, the linesmen. Embarrassing performance really.

 

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