Bristol City 1 (Bryan 2) Oxford United 2 (Morris 55, Hylton 87)

Bristol City 1 (Bryan 2) Oxford United 2 (Morris 55, Hylton 87)

Bristol City 1 (Bryan 2) Oxford United 2 (Morris 55, Hylton 87)

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Witney Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

DANNY Hylton came off the bench to claim the winner as Oxford United recovered from an awful start to pull off a Capital One Cup upset at Bristol City.

It looked like the visitors were in for a long night when they fell behind to Joe Bryan's goal for the highly-fancied Sky Bet League One side in the second minute.

But from then on it was the men from League Two who impressed and thoroughly deserved to progress into round two.

Junior Brown had a goal disallowed for offside late in the first half, but the 512 away fans were celebrating after the break.

Carlton Morris equalised from a corner and with the tie heading for extra time, substitute Hylton coolly scored the winner three minutes from time.

Max Crocombe started in goal for the ineligible George Long as one of four changes from Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion.

Johnny Mullins replaced the injured Michael Raynes, while Jon Meades made his competitive debut more than a year after joining the club.

The Welshman came in for Michael Collins, with David Hunt coming into the side for Danny Rose to allow Joe Riley to play further forward.

The visitors began as underdogs and the odds of an upset lengthened considerably when they fell behind in 70 seconds.

Jake Wright blocked a shot from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, which ricocheted to Bryan at the back post, who cut on to his right foot and curled a shot into the net.

It was a big blow, but United shrugged it off and were the better side for the rest of the half.

Head coach Michael Appleton had urged his side to take more risks in the final third following Saturday's defeat and there was evidence they had taken it on board.

In the opening quarter of an hour Junior Brown and Josh Ruffels curled shots over, while Joe Riley tested City goalkeeper Frank Fielding with a sweet strike from 30 yards.

Crocombe had a nervous moment at the other end when he dropped a cross at the feet of Emmanuel-Thomas, before United scrambled to block.

Ruffels limped off with a knock, replaced by Collins, but the visitors continued to press for an equaliser.

They did have the ball in the net four minutes before the break, when Brown headed in a Hunt cross.

United's celebrations were quickly snuffed out, though, by an offside flag.

It appeared to sting City into action and they finished the half strongly.

Emmanuel-Thomas fired a low shot wide, while in stoppage time Wright was needed to clear off the line and deny Bryan after a clever free-kick from Marlon Pack.

When the game restarted after the break, United resumed their patient probing.

Ten minutes into the half it finally paid off.

Hunt forced a corner, which was swung in by Riley for Morris to steer in.

City attempted to assert themselves, but instead United retained a measure of control.

Midway through the half Riley almost got in on goal, only for Morris to fractionally over-hit the pass.

The home fans grew increasingly agitated at their side's inability to hold on to the ball.

United grew bolder, getting more men forward as the game went on.

And three minutes from the end of normal time, the breakthrough came.

Brown got in down the left and pulled a low cross back for Hylton, who slotted home his first goal for the club to settle the tie.

Bristol C (3-5-2): Fielding, Ayling, El-Abd, Osborne, Wagstaff, Wynter, Pack, Reid (Williams 62), Bryan (Burns 82), Baldock, Emmanuel-Thomas (Wilbraham 82).

Unused subs: Richards, Freeman, Elliott, Cunningham.

Booked: Bryan, El-Abd.

Oxford Utd (4-2-3-1): Crocombe, Hunt, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Meades, Ruffels, Riley, Potter, Brown, Morris.

Subs used: Collins (Ruffels 19), Hylton (Morris 72) Unused subs: Cavanagh, S Long, Rose, O'Dowda, Roberts.

Booked: Wright.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey).

Attendance: 6,145 (512 visitors).

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9:49pm Tue 12 Aug 14

35 year fan says...

result!

nice one boys great morale booster
result! nice one boys great morale booster 35 year fan
  • Score: 34

9:59pm Tue 12 Aug 14

oldun says...

Thank you Mr Ladbroke. I am much less confident about Sat's match. Please surprise me United. This squad must be rapidly greatly improved if we are to escape from this oh so long period outside the top 3 divs. Well done , United
Thank you Mr Ladbroke. I am much less confident about Sat's match. Please surprise me United. This squad must be rapidly greatly improved if we are to escape from this oh so long period outside the top 3 divs. Well done , United oldun
  • Score: -30

10:09pm Tue 12 Aug 14

EastIlsleyyellow says...

Great to see goal coming from both of our strikers!
Great to see goal coming from both of our strikers! EastIlsleyyellow
  • Score: 31

10:17pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Oxe says...

Absolutely fantastic! Massive congratulations to MA and the team! Can scarcely believe that just 6 weeks ago we looked to be in absolute melt down, yet here we are knocking out a team from a higher division. Great credit to the manager who speaks a lot of calm sense and has barely put a foot wrong since his arrival, bringing in exciting players with genuine talent from the higher divisions. Yes, one victory doesn’t make a season, yes, it is going to be really tough to get promotion, and yes, we still need some extra players, but the manager (and owners) know that and are doing a cracking job at pushing us in the right direction once again. Exciting times ahead.
Absolutely fantastic! Massive congratulations to MA and the team! Can scarcely believe that just 6 weeks ago we looked to be in absolute melt down, yet here we are knocking out a team from a higher division. Great credit to the manager who speaks a lot of calm sense and has barely put a foot wrong since his arrival, bringing in exciting players with genuine talent from the higher divisions. Yes, one victory doesn’t make a season, yes, it is going to be really tough to get promotion, and yes, we still need some extra players, but the manager (and owners) know that and are doing a cracking job at pushing us in the right direction once again. Exciting times ahead. Oxe
  • Score: 37

10:27pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Jim Riley says...

Great Result! You Could See The Confidence And Belief Growing In The Team as the game Went On. Great To See The The New Lads Making A Impression, In Particular Joe Riley Who Played Slightly Forward, And Troubled The City Defence All Night. Onward And Upward.
Great Result! You Could See The Confidence And Belief Growing In The Team as the game Went On. Great To See The The New Lads Making A Impression, In Particular Joe Riley Who Played Slightly Forward, And Troubled The City Defence All Night. Onward And Upward. Jim Riley
  • Score: 29

12:23am Wed 13 Aug 14

dorsetyellows says...

One of the best team performances I seen for a long time. Great support for the whole game from the oxford fans. Keep it up OUFC
One of the best team performances I seen for a long time. Great support for the whole game from the oxford fans. Keep it up OUFC dorsetyellows
  • Score: 23

5:22am Wed 13 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

Good result and pleasing to see new signings score but and there's always a but this was a cup game in a competition that produced many 'shocks' with teams from lower leagues outsmarting their higher league opponents. The best thing to happen to us now is that we get a money spinning tie and put that money into strengthening the squad for the league campaign. It was a good win last night and great support as usual from the fans and if we can continue the momentum into our league performances that long lost optimism will return. We can do that by stringing together an unbeaten run and clearly the team is capable of this, as long as we don't get injuries.

A good job well done. Now let's push on.
Good result and pleasing to see new signings score but and there's always a but this was a cup game in a competition that produced many 'shocks' with teams from lower leagues outsmarting their higher league opponents. The best thing to happen to us now is that we get a money spinning tie and put that money into strengthening the squad for the league campaign. It was a good win last night and great support as usual from the fans and if we can continue the momentum into our league performances that long lost optimism will return. We can do that by stringing together an unbeaten run and clearly the team is capable of this, as long as we don't get injuries. A good job well done. Now let's push on. Oxokuba
  • Score: 10

6:21am Wed 13 Aug 14

dovepe says...

Great result.ENJOY!
Great result.ENJOY! dovepe
  • Score: 4

8:09am Wed 13 Aug 14

wayoutwest says...

A thoroughly deserved win. After the shock of an early goal against, we didn't let our heads drop and actually bossed the rest of the first half. Even the harshly disallowed goal did not seem to deter us in our efforts and in the second half we actually played some great stuff. The formation seemed to work really well (despite a number of players playing what could be considered to be out of position). Thought Meades was outstanding as one of the two 'defensive' midfielders. Riley also shone in an advanced position and Carlton Morris worked his socks off up front and was rightly rewarded with his first senior goal. Wrong however to single out just these individuals as it was a great team performance in general. Onwards & upwards!
A thoroughly deserved win. After the shock of an early goal against, we didn't let our heads drop and actually bossed the rest of the first half. Even the harshly disallowed goal did not seem to deter us in our efforts and in the second half we actually played some great stuff. The formation seemed to work really well (despite a number of players playing what could be considered to be out of position). Thought Meades was outstanding as one of the two 'defensive' midfielders. Riley also shone in an advanced position and Carlton Morris worked his socks off up front and was rightly rewarded with his first senior goal. Wrong however to single out just these individuals as it was a great team performance in general. Onwards & upwards! wayoutwest
  • Score: 19

8:44pm Thu 14 Aug 14

baldy bill says...

a good win but i would have preferred to have got 3 points instead
a good win but i would have preferred to have got 3 points instead baldy bill
  • Score: 0

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