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Get the media's reaction to the Oxford defeat

16 April 2018

Following Blues' 2-0 defeat to Oxford we take a look at how various media outlets covered the game...

Southend Echo
 
SOUTHEND United’s away day struggles continued with a 2-0 defeat at Oxford United this afternoon.
 
The setback made it six games in succession without a win on the road for the Shrimpers.
 
And to add Blues’ frustrations both Ben Coker and Michael Turner were forced to go off injured inside the opening half an hour.
 
Yellow Advertiser
 
Lacklustre Southend’s end-of-season slump continued after suffering another reverse on the road, last Saturday.
 
James Henry and Ricardinho were on target, with Chris Powell’s men - suffering a third defeat in four games - offering very little in reply.
 
Against a team only five points above the drop zone, and one win in eleven outings, the Shrimpers found themselves a goal down after only seven minutes.
 
 
BBC Sport
 
Oxford earned a crucial three points in their bid to avoid relegation as first-half goals from James Henry and Ricardinho handed them a 2-0 victory over Southend.
 
It was Karl Robinson's first win since taking over as U's boss.
 
Henry fired them in front in the sixth minute with his ninth goal of the season, dribbling past two defenders and shooting low into the far corner from 16 yards with keeper Mark Oxley rooted to the spot.
 
Ricardinho doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time when, after an 80-yard run, the Brazilian took a return pass from Jon Obika and saw his low shot deflect under the keeper and in.
 
 
Oxford United
 
Oxford United got back to winning ways with a fully deserved 2-0 win over Southend United this afternoon.
 
An early strike from James Henry and a storming second from left-back Ricardinho on the stroke of half time earned Karl Robinson his first win in charge of the U's and surely ensured that these teams will meet again in League 1 next season.
 
United picked up where they left off against Fleetwood on Tuesday, chasing every ball and committed to playing bright attacking football.
 
With their superb fans welcoming them with a huge display of flags there was a real sense of positivity about the whole ground, something that stayed for the full 90 minutes.
 
Team wise there were returns for Jon Obika and Henry but no change to the midfield diamond shape that the U’s have adopted in recent weeks and which allows them to play neat, passing football with everyone able to switch roles.
 
Oxford Mail
 
KARL Robinson believes Oxford United's victory over Southend United will have lifted a weight off the shoulders of everyone connected with the club.
 
James Henry's early strike at the Kassam Stadium gave the U's a lead which was doubled in first-half stoppage-time when Ricardinho's cross was turned in by Southend defender John White.
 
It secured a 2-0 win which took United to 50 points in Sky Bet League One.
 
Although it only preserved their five-point advantage over the relegation zone, without the win the U's would have been deep in trouble.

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