Duo send Oxford for a Burton
Oxford crumbled to their third successive defeat as Burton
produced a ruthless display of finishing to storm to a 4-0 win.
Striker Calvin Zola and winger Jacques Maghoma shared the goals
in an impressive display by Gary Rowett’s side.
Oxford’s goal enjoyed a charmed life as Burton made the early
running. Visiting goalkeeper Ryan Clarke almost fumbled a punt
forward from defender Marcus Holness over the line and then
breathed a huge sigh of relief as full-back Damien McCrory’s
left-foot shot from the edge of the area shook the crossbar.
There was nothing Clarke could do to prevent a stunning opener
when Zola took McCrory’s cross on his chest and turned to score
with a 22-yard volley in the 26th minute. And the keeper was
comprehensively beaten for the second time on the stroke of
half-time, this time Zola was the provider as he teed-up Maghoma
for a 20-yard shot into the top corner.
Substitutes Tom Craddock and Jon-Paul Pittman both had shots off
target as Oxford made a better start to the second half. Pittman
also had a fierce shot tipped over by Burton keeper Stuart
Tomlinson but Burton stormed back to score twice in a minute.
Maghoma curled home a 20-yard free-kick in the 65th minute and
then provided the cross for Zola to volley his second.