Oxford flatten Stanley in cup

BY foxsports • December 19, 2012

Rangers manager Ally McCoist was celebrating a good day on and off the field on Tuesday night.

Having learned that more than ?22m has been raised from investors and supporters in a share issue, McCoist then watched his side beat Annan 3-0 at Ibrox.

A crowd of 42,135 watched Rangers move six points clear at the summit of the Irn-Bru Third Division tonight, with a double from David Templeton and an Andy Little strike securing the victory, and a red card for Lee Wallace when he gave away a penalty the only disappointment for the manager.

McCoist said: "I actually love the fact that the fans keep surprising me. It is unbelievable that, on a Tuesday night, we've got 42,000 against Annan. It's just amazing."

Regarding the red card, he added: "My initial reaction was that it was soft.

"I'll definitely watch it again and reassess and, if I'm wrong, I'll stand corrected, but I didn't think it was a foul, let alone a goalscoring opportunity.

"Going down to 10 men wasn't ideal but I still felt we would create chances and we did that.

"I'm delighted that we've got seven wins in a row and we can all definitely see a little more consistency in the performances - but there are still a lot of things we can do better."

As for the share issue, McCoist added: "It was a great day off the park.

"The fact that it's in the region of ?22m, and for the fans to chip in with roughly ?5m, I think is absolutely staggering.

"In the lead-up to Christmas, when finances are tight at the best of times, in a recession, for our supporters to go into their pockets and come up with that money is another incredible show of support for this football club.

"The one thing the investors and, certainly, the fans deserve, is for their money to be used wisely. And I would certainly hope to have an opportunity to use some of that money wisely."

The League Two side took the lead after nine minutes when winger Ben Pringle planted a superb 25-yard strike into the top corner.

Rotherham doubled their advantage against their sluggish hosts after 22 minutes when a Pringle corner wasn't dealt with and Mark Bradley swept the ball home.

It went from bad to worse for County on the half hour when defender Damion Stewart was adjudged by referee Darren Deadman to have deliberately elbowed Alex Revell and was handed a straight red card.

It was 3-0 in the 41st minute as Lee Frecklington broke away from the County backline and rounded keeper Liam Mitchell before putting the ball on a plate for Daniel Nardiello to finish.

A half-time triple substitution did little to liven the home side up and Nardiello missed a glorious chance to extend the away side's lead but the three first-half strikes proved to be enough.

The Londoners will feel justice was done following Bradford's shock reprieve, after twice coming from behind to seal a tie at Southend.

They became the first side to beat the Bantams in a cup match this season in the replay, which followed the 1-1 draw in which City fielded ineligible player Curtis Good and initially saw them booted out of the competition.

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler said he was "perplexed" by the FA U-turn which gave his side little time to prepare for the tie.

His worst fears looked like coming true after Kyel Reid, returning after a lengthy lay off with a groin injury, put the Bantams ahead on the half hour when he smashed home a loose ball from 12 yards.

On-loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotta levelled just before the break, firing home from the penalty spot after he was fouled by City defender Carl McHugh.

Former Bee Alan Connell made it 2-1 to the cup specialists in extra time when he converted from the spot after a Shaleum Logan foul on Blair Turgott.

But Trotta pounced again, firing a left-footed drive home into the top corner to equalise.

Substitute Clayton Donaldson made it 3-2 to the hosts by slotting home Harry Forrester's cross, before Forrester sealed it late on with a cool finish in the bottom corner.

James Constable and Peter Leven struck to bring the U's the reward of a home tie against League One high-flyers Sheffield United next month.

It is the first time Oxford have reached the third round since the 2002/03 season when they lost to Arsenal at Highbury.

This second-round replay, postponed because of a frozen pitch last Wednesday, took an age to get going and had nothing of the entertainment and excitement of the first match, a 3-3 thriller at the Crown Ground.

Accrington right-back Aristote Nsiala made two superb goal-line clearances within a few moments of each other from Constable and Tom Craddock.

Oxford stepped up their pressure in the second half but the breakthrough came from an Alfie Potter counter-attack after 66 minutes.

Potter's 50-yard run and shot by Constable forced a corner and from Leven's flag kick, Constable powered home a header.

Constable turned provider to set up Leven for a beautifully-hit left-foot volley from 20 yards 10 minutes from time.

The U's also had the boost of seeing veteran defender Michael Duberry come on as a sub after six months out with a neck injury.


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