PHIL Edwards was adamant Oxford United’s winner belonged to him as Michael Appleton’s side struck in stoppage-time
to sink Scunthorpe United.
Curtis Nelson was initially credited with the goal when his 91st-minute shot found the far corner of the net.
Video footage was inconclusive, but the full back claimed he got a touch which sealed the 2-1 victory.
Edwards said: “I knew I made contact and on the (club’s) footage it clearly shows I got a touch.
“I don’t think Nelse’s shot is even going in to be fair. It’s why they were complaining – they thought I was offside when I touched the ball.
“But I’ve seen the footage and I’m clearly onside, so it’s all good.”
The hosts fell behind in a wretched first half where both sides laboured in difficult conditions.
But the advice at half-time was to push full backs Edwards and Joe Skarz further forward, backed up by clips from the first half shown by video analyst Dan Bond.
It is a tool United use for every game and really paid off – United’s equaliser came from a quick switch in play which saw an unmarked Skarz cross for John Lundstram to score.
Edwards had not encountered the use of video clips at half-time before joining the U’s and felt it was key to the turnaround.
“It wasn’t a pretty game and people will have been thinking ‘I can’t believe we’re watching this’, especially at half-time,” he said.
“But Bondy does all our analysis and he’s terrific at it.
“He showed us a few clips where we could switch the play and we did it more in the second half.
“When you’re playing the game you are more wrapped up in it sometimes you don’t notice things, so to have that analysis does help.”
The late drama secured a precious win which kept alive United’s slim hopes of making the Sky Bet League One play-offs, while hitting Scunthorpe’s bid for automatic promotion.
Appleton’s men moved up to ninth, five points behind sixth-placed Southend United with a game in hand – tomorrow night’s home fixture with second-placed Bolton Wanderers.
Edwards said: “It’s going to be a mammoth task, but we’ll keep going as long as we can.
“We’re playing most of the sides above us, so that is our big chance where we can claw points back.
“There’s another big game on Tuesday and we’ll look to take the three points again.”