September 15, 2012
Zola and Maghoma send Oxford for a Burton
Oxford crumbled to their third successive defeat as Burton produced a ruthless display of finishing to storm to a 4-0 win at the Pirelli Stadium.
Striker Calvin Zola and winger Jacques Maghoma shared the goal in an impressive display by Gary Rowett's side.
Oxford's goal enjoyed a charmed life as Burton made the early running. Visiting goalkeeper Ryan Clarke almost fumbled a punt forward from defender Marcus Holness over the line and then breathed a huge sigh of relief as full-back Damien McCrory's left-foot shot from the edge of the area shook the crossbar.
There was nothing Clarke could do to prevent a stunning opener when Zola took McCrory's cross on his chest and turned to score with a 22-yard volley in the 26th minute. And the keeper was comprehensively beaten for the second time on the stroke of half-time, this time Zola was the provider as he teed-up Maghoma for a 20-yard shot into the top corner.
Substitutes Tom Craddock and Jon-Paul Pittman both had shots off target as Oxford made a better start to the second half. Pittman also had a fierce shot tipped over by Burton keeper Stuart Tomlinson but Burton stormed back to score twice in a minute.
Maghoma curled home a 20-yard free-kick in the 65th minute and then provided the cross for Zola to volley his second.
|Burton Albion||Oxford United|
|13 Stuart Tomlinson||1 Ryan Clarke|
|5 Alexander Diamond||17 Tony Capaldi|
|21 Marcus Holness||6 Jake Wright|
|14 Damien McCrory||4 Michael Raynes|
|20 Anthony O'Connor||2 Damian Batt|
|7 Cleveland Taylor||24 Daniel Boateng|
|23 Lee Bell||8 Simon Heslop|
|19 Jacques Maghoma||14 Sean Rigg|
|8 Robbie Weir||7 Adam Chapman|
|10 Calvin Makongo Zola||10 Deane Smalley|
|18 Matthew Paterson||15 Alfie Potter|
|1 Ross Atkins||Wayne Brown 21|
|2 Andrew Corbett||Luke O'Brien 23|
|4 Nathan Stanton||Harry Worley 22|
|3 Aaron Webster||Lee Cox 19|
|22 Jack Dyer||Jon-Paul Pittman 11|
|9 Justin Richards||Tom Craddock 29|
|29 Billy Kee||Tyrone Marsh 28|
|Jack Dyer for Cleveland Taylor (55)||Jon-Paul Pittman for Sean Rigg (46)|
|Andrew Corbett for Ariel Borysiuk (57)||Tom Craddock for Daniel Boateng (46)|
|Justin Richards for Calvin Makongo Zola (75)||Tyrone Marsh for Deane Smalley (83)|
|Jake Wright (64)|
|Michael Raynes (70)|
|· Rosters: Burton Albion | Oxford United|