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Monday, December 06, 2010

Big Match Review - Oxford 2 Barnet 1

Oxford United 2-1 Barnet
Saturday December 4, Kassam Stadium (Att: 6,004)

A James Constable goal seven minutes from time gave Oxford all three points against troubled Barnet as they moved into the top half of League Two.

The visitors - looking for their first away win of the campaign - began the stronger of the two sides and took the lead just past the half hour mark.

Good play down the right from George Francomb resulted in Kevin Gallen squaring the ball for Mark Morrison to sweep the ball past Ryan Clarke at the far post.

Chris Wilder's side stepped things up a gear in the second half and went close to equalising when Barnet keeper Jake Cole deflected Steve Maclean's shot onto the woodwork.

However, the Oxen were back on level terms on 64 minutes when a chipped ball into the box caused chaos and was deflected into his own net by Bees defender Anwar Uddin.

Parity restored, the home side pressed for a winner and Maclean once again went close with a thundering long-range free kick rattling Cole's crossbar.

However, they weren't to be denied maximum spoils. Good approach play saw Alfie Potter find Constable in space, and United's top scorer wrong-footed Cole to fire home.

It was an impressive comeback that earned Oxford back-to-back victories, but left Barnet still firmly entrenched in the relegation zone.

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