Following a terrible week which saw Oxford lose to Southend twice and then get dumped out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United, the tough prospect of a trip to second-placed Crawley now beckons. However, this week's events (i.e. the return of Robert Hall) mean that the mood amongst Oxford fans is surprisingly upbeat. That optimism will be further buoyed by a quick read of Matt Peck's latest stats package, which reveals Oxford's impressive record at the Broadfield Stadium.
Crawley: WWWDD (11 Points)
Oxford: DLWWL ( 7 Points)
Times played (at Crawley): 4
Last league Result (At Crawley): (1 December 2009)
Pinault (17’) Chapman (83’)
Oxford visit a happy hunting ground on Saturday, having only lost once at Broadfield. Their last meeting at Crawley was a real smash and grab effort by Oxford, winning with two late goals after going behind early doors.
Only James Constable, Ryan Clarke and Alfie Potter remain from the squad that last played at Broadfield. Crawley have a totally different side.
Crawley Town are unbeaten in 10 games now, but crucially have failed to win for their last 2 league games. The last time they lost a game was 13th September, when they lost 3-0 to Swindon.
Oxford’s fantastic run has somewhat stumbled in recent weeks, losing 2 of their last 5 – albeit to top of the table Southend and Playoff contender Gillingham. Furthermore, in the space of 4 days, Oxford have been dumped out of the Johnstone Paint Trophy and FA Cup to Southend and Sheffield United respectively.
The 7 points that Oxford have accumulated over the last 5 games is the worst haul in any rolling 5 game period, all season.