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Oxford United 0, Southend United 2 - LIVE
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Conor Clifford: "It's been disappointing not being in the team. But I got a chance today and I wanted to take it. The main thing was getting the win but it was nice to get a goal. I work on my shooting after training and thankfully it paid off today."
Phil Brown, Southend United manager: "It was a long time overdue for us. We scored two goals and could've had more. I felt wind was back in our sails as there had been good signs in training and the performance was there to all to see.
"It was good for Conor Clifford to get a goal. He’s a young lad and showed his disappointment. We had to build him up but he tackled every player out there and had great tenacity.
“When he shots he often hits the target.
“Luke Prosser got a goal and he’s been under a lot of pressure.
“But the goal was all about the quality of Kevan Hurst’s ball in.
“Kevan couldn’t had two himself and so could Cauley Woodrow.
“This doesn’t relieve pressure though, it probably puts more on because the expectancy level is high here.
“It’s just one win in 46 but we need to compound it with good performance Tuesday against Dagenham and then at Burton as well.
“We should have had a penalty when Barry Corr was brought down in the area.
“We actually had an email from the PGMOL on Friday saying we should’ve had a penalty against Bristol Rovers and that the officials got it wrong.
“But it’s too late by then to be honest and maybe one day we will get a penalty.”
Match report online here
Oxford 0, Blues 2
Blues change as Craig Reid comes on for Cauley Woodrow
Ben Coker is booked for a foul on Alfie Potter.
Cauley Woodrow wastes another great chance to score as Daniel Bentley's long goal kicks drops in to his path but he can only head straight at Ryan Clarke.
Cauley Woodrow completely through one on one, but Ryan Clarke saves.
Callum O'Dowda's left wing cross picks out James Constable and his header is superbly saved by Daniel Bentley down low to his right
Double change for Oxford. Callum O'Dowda & Scott Davies on, Sean Rigg & Asa Hall off.
Cauley Woodrow sets up a chance for Kevan Hurst but his well struck shot is well saved by Oxford goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.
Barry Corr tees up Kevan Hurst but he shoots straight at Ryan Clarke.
Oxford make the first change of the game with James Constable coming on for Deane Smalley in attack.
Alfie Potter's left wing cross is headed just over by Michael Raynes.
Attendance: 5,578 with 560 from Blues.
Great break from Cauley Woodrow down the left hand side. Tees up Will Atkinson who strangely chooses to try and tee up Conor Clifford but he over-hits the pass.
Second half is underway
Oxford 0, Blues 2
Luke Prosser's last Blues goal, before today, had come in a 2-2 draw against Accrington in March 2012.
Luke Prosser celebrated his goal by running to Graham Coughlan & the rest of the team joined him.
Home fans showing their frustration with a loud chorus of boos.
Cauley Woodrow bursts forward and tees up Barry Corr but his goalbound shot is blocked by Mullins
Kevan Hurst actually slipped when taking the free-kick but it was still a great delivery.
Fantastic right wing free-kick from Kevan Hurst picked out Prosser and he headed home from six yards.
Oxford 0, Blues 2 (Prosser)
Potter's right wing cross picks out Mullins but his firm header is straight at Bentley and is well saved.
That was Conor Clifford's second goal in the Football League. Previous one was for Portsmouth at Carlisle in August 2012.
Oxford winger Sean Rigg shoots over from 12 yards after ball drops down in to his path.
And if it wasn't a penalty then why wasn't Barry Corr booked for diving?
Certainly looked like a penalty to me.
Barry Corr goes down inside the penalty area after a sliding challenge from Johnny Mullins but no penalty given.
Ryan Leonard's scuffed right wing cross was cleared in to the path of Conor Clifford who sent a well struck shot from 20 yards in to the left hand side of the goal.
Oxford 0, Blues 1 (Clifford).
Low 30 yard shot from Oxford striker Dave Kitson fizzes just past the right post.
Cauley Woodrow's well struck cross shot is smartly smothered by Oxford goalkeeper Ryan Clarke.
Blues lining up in a 4-3-3 when on the ball, 4-5-1 without it with Cauley Woodrow dropping on to the left.
Oxford striker Deane Smalley muscles his way through but shoots low, wide of the left post from a narrow angle.
The game is underway.
Oxford: Clarke, Newey, Raynes, Rigg, Kitson, Smalley, Potter, Hunt, Hall, Rose, Mullins.
Subs: Constable, Williams, Davies, Crocombe, O'Dowda, Bevans & Ruffels.
Freddy Eastwood (hamstring) and Mark Phillips (hip) both miss out for Blues at the Kassam Stadium. Anthony Straker drops down on to the bench.
Blues: Bentley, White, Thompson, Prosser, Coker, Hurst, Leonard, Clifford, Atkinson, Woodrow, Corr
Subs: Smith, Timlin, Reid, Straker, Payne & Auger
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