Wally Downes said we were rewarded for our “determination” at Oxford. In an interview with the official club web site, he observed: “The performance wasn’t great, but I’m pleased we didn’t lose and the players got a point for the determination they showed. We caused ourselves problems, but we showed resolve.” The point moved us up one place to 21st – above Southend who lost 2-0 at home to Wycombe – and we remain one point from safety.
We are now unbeaten in six league games away from home. This is our best run on the road since 2016, when we went nine unbeaten between 20 August – 22 November (bookmarked by 0-0 draws at Northampton and Millwall). We have lost just once in our last eight (W4, D3). Highlights of the game are available on the Sky Sports web site.
The Oxford manager thought his side did enough “to win three games” yesterday. Speaking to the Oxford Mail newspaper, the sacked former MK boss said: “We got one point which is frustrating, because we should be sat here with three and five wins on the spin.”
Aaron Ramsdale was the clear choice of Man of the Match yesterday. Writing on Twitter after the game, Ramsdale simply said: “Not today.”
Kwesi Appiah missed training on Friday. It is not known why. We only named six substitutes for yesterday’s game, and it is believed Appiah was meant to be the seventh. The club has yet to comment on his absence, or that of any other senior members of the squad that could have been on the bench at Oxford.
There was an incident at full-time yesterday involving the Oxford manager. He was apparently unhappy that kit-man Robin Bedford did not shake his hand at some point in the afternoon, and waited to confront Robin once our players had finished applauding the away support. Our players intervened and the Oxford manager quickly stood down. The incident occured long after the Oxford squad, and all match officials, had retired to the changing rooms.
Yesterday’s away attendance of 1,301 was our largest of the season. It is only the second time we have taken more than a thousand fans to an away game this campaign – the other being Charlton on 15 December (1,048). Oxford were not expecting such a high turnout and experienced some issues with seating, but their stewards dealt well with any problems.
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ON THIS DAY – 2002. The last away game of the old Wimbledon FC ends in a 1-0 defeat at Wolves, with one-time Dons target Nathan Blake scoring the winner midway through the first half. The game is remembered by Wimbledon fans for what happened at full-time as Kris Stewart – who would later become the inaugural AFC Wimbledon Chairman – took to the Molineux pitch to present Wolves midfielder Kevin Cooper with the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association Player of the Year award. Cooper had been sold just six weeks earlier, much to the ire of all Dons fans.