Constable's anguish at Oxford United's away defeat

Witney Gazette: James Constable gets in a shot on Saturday James Constable gets in a shot on Saturday

JAMES Constable struggled to describe the disappointment as he was left to reflect on the fine margins in Oxford United’s painful defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge.

The only goal of the game arrived via a breathtakingly unlucky goal in the 89th minute.

A back-tracking Matt Bevans was in just the wrong place to divert the ball into the net from 20 yards after Michael Raynes had blocked Luke Howell’s shot.

It was harsh on the visitors and Constable in particular felt the pain of defeat after chances fell his way either side of the goal.

“It’s hard to sum that up,” he said.

“On the balance of it I thought we were the better side for most of the 90 minutes and it’s just absolutely devastating to concede like that.

“You probably won’t see a goal like that again for many seasons to come.

“The luck they had is probably something we haven’t had of late and we’ve come away with nothing.

“We are bitterly disappointed after the way we’ve played.

“Everyone was up for the game and desperate to get the three points and we haven’t managed to do that.

“For large periods we were comfortable and showed some glimpses of what we could do.

“We’ve had some decent opportunities and really should have put a couple away to win the game.”

Constable was left out of the starting line-up, but gave United more of an edge up front after coming on for the final 18 minutes.

He quickly fashioned a shooting chance, which was the visitors’ only shot on target all afternoon, forcing goalkeeper Chris Lewington to save with his feet.

Constable said: “It’s one of those occasions when in another game it might have bounced over his legs and gone in.”

United’s top scorer also had an opportunity to claim an equaliser in stoppage time, but the shot flew wide.

He said: “It’s the way it’s going at the minute.

“With those ones where you spin, it can hit the post and go in.

“Then we’d be talking about a great performance and a great away win.

“But on the other hand we’ve not picked up anything.”

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7:27am Mon 31 Mar 14

dovepe says...

Beano number one striker should start every game.puts twice as much effort in than Smalley.
Beano number one striker should start every game.puts twice as much effort in than Smalley. dovepe
  • Score: 5

8:04am Mon 31 Mar 14

william12 says...

The only problem is he struggles to hit the target.He is not striker .For all the running around he does he would be better played in midfield.
The only problem is he struggles to hit the target.He is not striker .For all the running around he does he would be better played in midfield. william12
  • Score: 2

8:34am Mon 31 Mar 14

hairydean says...

William you may have hit it on the button as he is a very committed passionate player and yellow through and through, he gets fustrated when he misses a chance and puts pressure on himself so then trtriess to hard some games they can go straight in other days he has either bad luck or keeper on form or he is off form . So think maybe in midfield or behind strikers as he has bags of energy and passion has good feet and great vision and passing ability so lets try that but agree he should be in every game for his commitment at least. Put potter and Connelly up front with kitson swapping with Connelly when needed and constable. And Williams in midfield with two other midfielders who can back up defence whing and Davis good bet although rigg was brilliant before injury
William you may have hit it on the button as he is a very committed passionate player and yellow through and through, he gets fustrated when he misses a chance and puts pressure on himself so then trtriess to hard some games they can go straight in other days he has either bad luck or keeper on form or he is off form . So think maybe in midfield or behind strikers as he has bags of energy and passion has good feet and great vision and passing ability so lets try that but agree he should be in every game for his commitment at least. Put potter and Connelly up front with kitson swapping with Connelly when needed and constable. And Williams in midfield with two other midfielders who can back up defence whing and Davis good bet although rigg was brilliant before injury hairydean
  • Score: 0

9:45am Mon 31 Mar 14

A Scroat says...

william12 wrote:
The only problem is he struggles to hit the target.He is not striker .For all the running around he does he would be better played in midfield.
I totally agree. Attacking midfield is his position. He tries hard but has become a liability in front of goal. We need a PROPER striker on loan before it is all over for this season which will be a crying shame.
[quote][p][bold]william12[/bold] wrote: The only problem is he struggles to hit the target.He is not striker .For all the running around he does he would be better played in midfield.[/p][/quote]I totally agree. Attacking midfield is his position. He tries hard but has become a liability in front of goal. We need a PROPER striker on loan before it is all over for this season which will be a crying shame. A Scroat
  • Score: -4

9:53am Mon 31 Mar 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

Beano in midfield. What complete rubbish.
Beano in midfield. What complete rubbish. MiddleBartonYellow
  • Score: 1

11:52am Mon 31 Mar 14

Southstandupper says...

Little message for A Scroat..... the loan window is closed so no hope there. We are stuck with what we have except for emergency loan. Need a result next game without doubt, time for the players to show their ambition (if they have any). Many don't seem to realize they are playing for their OUFC future even though if up to me most would be gone as soon as the final whistle goes in what ever our last game of the season is (expect at the moment Northampton can't see us making the play offs).
Beavans really unlucky with own goal at Dagenham but we need to score not huff and puff without any result. Two strikers needed in close season Kitson is to injury prone to keep, while DC who is still a good striker (if available and GW wanted him) can't play 46 games with his age so need 2 goal scorers. Beano in midfield!!!! no he is past his sell by date, loyal yes but not a 20 goal a season striker.
Little message for A Scroat..... the loan window is closed so no hope there. We are stuck with what we have except for emergency loan. Need a result next game without doubt, time for the players to show their ambition (if they have any). Many don't seem to realize they are playing for their OUFC future even though if up to me most would be gone as soon as the final whistle goes in what ever our last game of the season is (expect at the moment Northampton can't see us making the play offs). Beavans really unlucky with own goal at Dagenham but we need to score not huff and puff without any result. Two strikers needed in close season Kitson is to injury prone to keep, while DC who is still a good striker (if available and GW wanted him) can't play 46 games with his age so need 2 goal scorers. Beano in midfield!!!! no he is past his sell by date, loyal yes but not a 20 goal a season striker. Southstandupper
  • Score: -1

11:53am Mon 31 Mar 14

william12 says...

MiddleBartonYellow wrote:
Beano in midfield. What complete rubbish.
If he is running from midfield with the ball in front of him as he has done before he may hit the target.How many chances does he need to score 10 attempts per goal. .He is usually running wide to cross the ball to who himself because he is not in the middle.He certainly has a lot more energy than the midfielders we have
As a striker maybe conference standard..
[quote][p][bold]MiddleBartonYellow[/bold] wrote: Beano in midfield. What complete rubbish.[/p][/quote]If he is running from midfield with the ball in front of him as he has done before he may hit the target.How many chances does he need to score 10 attempts per goal. .He is usually running wide to cross the ball to who himself because he is not in the middle.He certainly has a lot more energy than the midfielders we have As a striker maybe conference standard.. william12
  • Score: -5

1:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

35 year fan says...

thought beano did very well to make the chances and unlucky not to finish them. i would be in the keep camp. connelly did well too with zero support.

the main problems i saw saturday were rigg- shadow of his best, williams- looked shot mentally, smalley- offers nothing, cant keep the ball, wright- looks to have lost some pace, underconfident too, and the fullbacks dont look strong to me.
thought beano did very well to make the chances and unlucky not to finish them. i would be in the keep camp. connelly did well too with zero support. the main problems i saw saturday were rigg- shadow of his best, williams- looked shot mentally, smalley- offers nothing, cant keep the ball, wright- looks to have lost some pace, underconfident too, and the fullbacks dont look strong to me. 35 year fan
  • Score: 2

7:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

MiddleBartonYellow says...

william12 wrote:
MiddleBartonYellow wrote:
Beano in midfield. What complete rubbish.
If he is running from midfield with the ball in front of him as he has done before he may hit the target.How many chances does he need to score 10 attempts per goal. .He is usually running wide to cross the ball to who himself because he is not in the middle.He certainly has a lot more energy than the midfielders we have
As a striker maybe conference standard..
Beano is a strait down the middle striker and always has been. Suggesting that he plays in midfield is nonsense. I am sure that over the last six years if anyone thought he could have played there it would have been tried.
[quote][p][bold]william12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MiddleBartonYellow[/bold] wrote: Beano in midfield. What complete rubbish.[/p][/quote]If he is running from midfield with the ball in front of him as he has done before he may hit the target.How many chances does he need to score 10 attempts per goal. .He is usually running wide to cross the ball to who himself because he is not in the middle.He certainly has a lot more energy than the midfielders we have As a striker maybe conference standard..[/p][/quote]Beano is a strait down the middle striker and always has been. Suggesting that he plays in midfield is nonsense. I am sure that over the last six years if anyone thought he could have played there it would have been tried. MiddleBartonYellow
  • Score: 2

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