There were no transfer activities in this Oxford United weekly round-up but the club did their business on the pitch. Karl Robinson’s side saw off Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup before winning at home against Charlton Athletic in the league.
Oxford United Weekly Round-Up: Wins Over Burton and Charlton
U’s Progress in the Cup
Oxford United have made it to the second round of the Carabao Cup after winning against Burton Albion on penalties.
The U’s took the lead with just five minutes remaining when Nathan Holland netted his first Oxford goal since returning to the club, but former Burton defender John Mousinho scored an unfortunate own goal with the last kick of the game.
To penalties it went and with Simon Eastwood saving one and the Brewers striking the bar, successful spot-kicks from Mark Sykes, Anthony Forde and Dan Agyei allowed Mousinho to make amends and smash home the decisive penalty.
Oxford will travel to Queens Park Rangers in the second round in what is a repeat of the 1986 final, which the U’s won.
First Win of the Season Against the Addicks
With Karl Robinson’s side drawing their opening league game against Cambridge United, it will be a welcome relief to get their first three points on just the second weekend of the season.
Over 8,000 fans returned to Grenoble Road for the first time since the restrictions were lifted and they were in for a treat.
Firstly, Ryan Williams opened the scoring. The Australian, who was covering at right-back, won the ball in his own half before feeding Cameron Brannagan, who played a pinpoint through ball to Gavin Whyte. Although the Northern Ireland international saw his effort saved, Williams continued his run and scored on his second home debut.
Shortly after, Brannagan found the net to double the advantage. Again, Oxford won the ball in their own half and the midfielder smashed home after the Charlton defence were unable to clear James Henry’s cross.
The visitors reduced the deficit from the spot after the referee adjudged Sam Winnall handled the ball, but it wasn’t enough and the U’s held on for an important three points.