A tale of two halves. Oxford dominant in the first, Leeds in the second.
Ultimately ending in a 4-3 victory to the hosts. Bielsa shocked fans when he named a relatively inexperienced, youthful lineup – with just four taking a seat on the bench. Strikes from Henry, Hall and Henry again put the hosts 3-0 up going into halftime. A dominant display from the more experienced side in the first 45 minutes, taking advantage of youth team players attempting to play Bielsa’s famous style of football.
The second half was an entirely different story. Leeds came out with new found energy, and in the 54th minute Roberts took his chance brilliantly to bring Leeds back into the tie. No more than ten minutes later and both sides managed to find the back of the net again, with Obika bagging first, and Baker following it up two minutes later to bring the score to 4-2. Almost instantly after, Leeds found the back of the net again, but Edmondson’s effort was flagged for offside. They did, however, make it 4-3 in the 71st minute when Clarke’s shot was deflected into the Oxford net. This is how the game finished, with Leeds feeling a little more confident of their performance during the second half.
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