Season 2019-2020: January
An Overview Of Oxford City In January 2020
"January was to be an exciting month for Oxford City in the FA Cup. The players were beginning to feel the fatigue from a long season so far, but the occasions ahead were sure to give them the extra boost required."
Oxford City Recorded A Near-Perfect Month Of Football In January
Bang, bang! A 4-0 thumping of Gateshead opened the calendar year quite nicely, and this was followed up by an incredibly composed performance to beat Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup. Our only non-win of the month came next against Morecambe, who kept us on level score. We followed that up with victories over Boreham Wood and Aldershot Town.
Then came the excitement. Losing late on to Maidstone United in the FA Trophy, Ben Rowthorn scored a very very late equaliser before holding midfielder Michael Freiter popped up with a hat trick in extra time. Why didn't he score them sooner?!? An easy 3-0 win versus Dagenham & Redbridge followed before we thumped Colchester United out of the FA Cup in some style.
Player of the Month
Ben Rowthorn Was Oxford City's Star Player During January 2020
Ben Rowthorn had, possibly, his first good month of football in an Oxford City shirt. The midfield had a toxic attitude and did not fit into the ethos of the football club. However, he produced the goods when required in January. I will look to move him on as soon as Josh Ashby returns from injury but, for now, he remains as part of the squad.
Ben Rowthorn's Season Stats
PotM Awards: 0
Fouls Committed: 36 (1.57 per game)
Fouls Against: 22 (0.96 per game)
Yellow Cards: 6
Red Cards: 0
Shots On Target Ratio: 77.78% (7/9)
Dribbles Completed: 5 (0.22 per game)
Key Passes: 27 (1.17 per game)
Crosses Completed: 0 (0.00 per game)
Pass Completion Ratio: 80.05% (955/1,193)
Headers Won: 54 (2.35 per game)
Minutes Played: 1,526
Average Rating: 7.12
Key Tackles: 0 (0 per game)
Tackles Won Ratio: 93.75% (45/48)
Interceptions: 36 (1.57 per game)
Distance Covered: 201.0km (8.74km per game)
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Wage: £675 p/w
Oxford City Opened Up A Nine Point Gap At The Top
Our unbeaten run continued! We had opened up a nine point gap at the top, which gave us some sort of margin for error in the latter part of the season. We could now afford to rotate a little bit more than before, although we were wary that a drop in form would prove disastrous.
Oxford City's Finances Were In Good Condition
Our balance was making its way towards the one million pound mark. The FA Cup fixtures had given us an incredible boost and the board had provisionally agreed to develop the club's youth facilities, and invest in data analysis facilities. Good news for the development of the football club!
Oxford City Will Play Against Liverpool In The FA Cup
I don't think there's a single person interested in anything else but the FA Cup. At the end of the month, we would face the mighty Liverpool. Allez allez allez and all that. We knew we would most likely lose, but what a game to play in!
, it'll be a massive occasion for all involved. For Oxford City, the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world. For Ryan, the opportunity to play against his childhood team. For Trent, the opportunity to play against his mentor. For Liverpool, the opportunity to play against Kabongo.
, woah Nelly!
, luckily we're still at Oxford United's Kassam Stadium so we can have a crowd of over 12,000 at the game!
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