All posts tagged with: Wes Thomas

Clinical finishing key at the Kassam

AFC Wimbledon’s ability to capitalize during the spells of pressure was the central factor behind their 3-1 win at Oxford on Sunday afternoon. After Tom Elliott’s opener, refereeing decisions perhaps went in their favour, before goals Darius Charles and Andy Barcham gave them a comfortable half-time lead. Charles’ own goal just after the break threatened… Read more →

Poor shooting at St Andrews

118 goalless minutes will never set the pulses racing, but the common assessment of Oxford’s 1-0 win at Birmingham as a dull game may be a touch unfair. The main issue for both teams was poor shooting, as much as a lack of creativity. Both teams got into some decent positions over the course of the… Read more →

Oxford United Season Preview: U’s on the up?

Oxford United are moving forward once again. After the 20-year decline that succeeded their 1986 League Cup win, they are now making tangible long-term progress, having won two promotions in six years. The man who guided them to success last year is Michael Appleton, who is rebuilding his reputation as a manager, continuing to encourage smooth passing football.… Read more →

Bury v Bradford: spend or sustain?

These two clubs are run in different ways, ways that may be expected from a club of the other’s size. Bury have looked to invest their way to the Championship, and risk the consequences of such heavy-spending. For a club averaging gates that would look standard for the division below, one must question where the money is… Read more →

Birmingham City Season Preview

The Football Lab interviewed Birmingham City fan Ryan Deeney, ahead of the new season. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @RyanDeeney2194 and his Blues blog @True_Blue_Talk Birmingham picked up 25 points from the 32 league games they played before Gary Rowett was appointed, and 52 points from 32 games after. What has changed under his… Read more →

Birmingham City mid-season review

The Football Lab interviewed Birmingham City fan Ryan Deeney. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanDeeney_T92 Lee Clark was not too popular with Birmingham fans. Was it right for him and the club to part ways? Clark made the right decisions this summer. Last season, Birmingham City used 39 footballers, 13 on loan and three… Read more →