October 20, 2012
Craddock arrests U's slide
|Oxford United||Accrington Stanley|
|1 Ryan Clarke||25 Ian Dunbavin|
|17 Tony Capaldi||29 Robert Atkinson|
|16 Andrew Whing||6 Dean Winnard|
|4 Michael Raynes||24 Lee Molyneux|
|25 Johnny Mullins||28 Danny Schofield|
|14 Sean Rigg||4 Luke Joyce|
|19 Lee Cox||30 Piero Mingoia|
|18 Jake Forster-Caskey||33 Romuald Boco|
|9 James Constable||7 Craig Lindfield|
|29 Tom Craddock||23 Padraig Amond|
|15 Alfie Potter||20 Jack Sampson|
|21 Wayne Brown||Andrew Dawber 22|
|23 Luke O'Brien||Peter Murphy 2|
|22 Harry Worley||Michael Liddle 3|
|20 Peter Leven||Bohan Dixon 15|
|8 Simon Heslop||George Miller 12|
|7 Adam Chapman||Will Hatfield 10|
|11 Jon-Paul Pittman||Matthew Whichelow 26|
|Luke O'Brien for Tony Capaldi (46)||Peter Murphy for Danny Schofield (55)|
|Peter Leven for Jake Forster-Caskey (69)||Bohan Dixon for Craig Lindfield (55)|
|Adam Chapman for Andrew Whing (81)||Michael Liddle for Lee Molyneux (67)|
|Lee Molyneux (57)|
|Craig Lindfield (31)|
|· Squads: Oxford United | Accrington Stanley|
Tom Craddock hit four goals in a brilliant individual display as Oxford United bounced back from defeat at Port Vale to thrash Accrington 5-0.
Craddock struck a first-half hat-trick, his first for the U's, inside 24 minutes, and doubled his tally for the season with a fourth 19 minutes from time.
It helped to bring Oxford only their second win in the last 10 league games.
Strike partner James Constable held the ball up well to allow Craddock to drive in the opener after 12 minutes, the shot flying in under keeper Ian Dunbavin's body.
Accrington were guilty of some woeful defending when the ball bounced over two defenders' heads but Dunbavin came to their rescue by beating out Constable's blast.
It was one-way traffic in Oxford's favour and only a matter of time before further goals came.
Craddock cleverly took the ball away from Dunbavin on the left edge of the box and, with no one coming in to close him down, he drilled a low shot between the beleaguered keeper and his near post.
The 26-year-old striker then completed his hat-trick after 36 minutes, firing high into the net from 10 yards after Constable's initial shot was blocked.
Stanley made a bit more of a fist of it in the second half and U's keeper Ryan Clarke saved from Padraig Amond.
But the classy Craddock rolled in a fourth goal after 71 minutes after Constable had again done all the spadework, and Alfie Potter added a fifth at the far post moments later.