“Who gives a **** about an Oxford comma?”
- Oxford Comma, Vampire Weekend (2007)
Highly questionable home ‘advantage’ aside, this is arguably the toughest tie Walsall could have drawn in Round 2. Saturday’s visitors are 6th in League One and unbeaten in their last 15 games in all competitions. During that period they have scored 40 goals and conceded 8.
The free scoring U’s have goals across the team, with ex-Dingle James Henry leading the charge with eight from midfield, amply assisted by Tariqe Fosu-Henry (7), Matty Taylor (6) and Cameron Brannagan (5).
Oxford are managed by Franchise-nurturing charisma vacuum Karl Robinson, who this week urged his team to make history at Bescot, where they can break a club record unbeaten run dating back to 1991.
Oct 29 Sunderland (H) Drew 1-1, Won on penalties (FLT)
Nov 02 Portsmouth (A) Drew 1-1 (L1)
Nov 10 Hayes & Yeading United (A) Won 2-0 (FAC)
Nov 12 Crawley Town (A) Won 4-1 (FLT)
Nov 23 Southend (A) Won 4-0 (L1)
6th April, 2019. A 3-1 home defeat against 10 man Oxford preludes the inevitable sacking of Dean Keates. A standout farce even in the truly miserable context of the past three years.
Played for Both
The current Oxford squad features ex-Saddlers Dan Agyei and Anthony Forde, whilst Cameron Norman and Walsall captain James Clarke have both played for the U’s.
Banbury-born Mick Kearns started his career at Oxford before dedicating 40 years to Walsall FC as a player, coach and leader of the club’s Community Programme. Paul Merson signed James Constable for £4,000 from Chippenham in 2005, he went on to enjoy the most prolific spell of his career during six-years at the Kassam.
Out of pies by 3 o’clock, out of the Cup by 5.
- Walsall Win
- Oxford Win