Hes an animal.it was Morsy, again, with a "got the ball and took the opportunity to put one on the man" type of challenge. i thought he might have broken a rib or two, from the impact? (note: i am not a doctor)
Shandon has always seemed, and still seems, a bit timid to me - like he's just "contributing" to the team, whereas in due course i think he could very well progress in a similar vein to JDS. looking forward to seeing him break through, and he's a useful squad player for now. fortunately, if he is "out for the season" (which only needs a one-month injury now), we are quite well stocked in midfield now, with Jensen back, Mokotjo fit and Zamburek more and more comfortable...
Terrible decisions (can't comment on the offside).Thought it was a foul at the time (haven't seen a replay), and their 2nd was offside and why didn't their player get a 2nd yellow for the foul on Henrik?
Having said that, I also thought Ethan's challenge should have been a pen for them....
Plenty of Oxford now cheering on Fulham.OXFORD United will narrowly miss out on a six-figure sum if Brentford win the Sky Bet Championship play-off final tonight. The Bees, who face Fulham at Wembley for a place in the Premier League, signed Shandon Baptiste and Tariqe Fosu from the U's in January. Baptiste's deal included a clause, understood to be worth £500,000, if Brentford went up to the top flight. But it only becomes active once the midfielder makes a specified number of appearances in a campaign. Baptiste has featured 13 times, three of which were starts, for Brentford so far, including as a substitute in the play-off semi-final first leg at Swansea City. But even if he plays tonight, the total will be just shy of triggering the pay-out to United. It does cover the length of the contract, so if Brentford lost tonight and went up next season the U's would stand to gain - if Baptiste played enough games.
Baptists showed lots of promises in his appearances. And can definitely see him kicking on next season. Fosu showed glimpes but we need to see more from him. With some of our wide players no doubt leaving he should get a good run to show what he can do.Hi all,
Was sorry to see you finish the season like that, I'm just about getting over our own play off final defeat. Hopefully you don't lose too many players, looks like our captain + best player Rob Dickie will be sold. I'd seen him linked to you, would be a brilliant signing if Pinnock/Jansson were to go.
I kept half an eye on Baptiste + Fosu after they joined, looks like Baptiste impressed, hopefully gets even more time next season. I wasn't expecting Fosu to feature as much as he did but seemed to get decent reviews when he played. Would be interesting to hear your opinions on the two now the season is finished.
All the best for the transfer window + next season
Agreed that he was impressive. I think the default thinking was that Baptiste gives you more athleticism and solidity than Jensen and Marcondes, while Jensen gives more subtlety and creativity than Marcondes and Baptiste. But I thought that Baptiste proved his edge on the first part but surprised in a good way with his creativity and inventiveness. If you divide teams into High Press, Medium, and Low Block, it seems like Baptiste might have pressed his case for the first two types of opponents but would like to see how he would fare against the Birminghams of this worldOthers in defence (+ Norgaard/Daniels) are rightly getting the plaudits for yesterday as we defended solidly, but I thought Shandon was excellent last night, intelligent runs and movement, with very quick feet to wriggle out of danger or create a yard of space with a little flick.
Excited by his industry and he gives us a little something extra. I'd be very comfortable if Saturday's midfield was the same - with him, Norgaard and Josh. Felt like a good balance of talents yesterday.
Well, he's a big lad so should be able to look after himself in that position. Haven't really seen enough of him yet to gauge what type of player he is though, seems more of an attacking midfielder like the rest though!a possible CN backup, though? I know that any of our current crop would be a significant drop-off from what CN brings to that role, but it's not immediately obvious who would get the nod for a big game if CN was unavailable... Jensen has done it a few times, but obv got himself injured 3mins into the new season, so it was interesting to see Shandon used there on Tuesday... Might not be the best natural use of him, but he's got the ability to do well there...