March 9, 2013
Constable inspires U's to victory
James Constable marked his return to the Oxford side with a vital role in the U's 3-1 win at Torquay.
Restored to the starting line-up by manager Chris Wilder, he missed two great chances in the first half, denied on both occasions by home keeper Michael Poke after racing onto passes from Alfie Potter.
However, he was on target in the 50th minute as he rounded Poke before sidefooting the ball home. Four minutes later Damien Batt doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Constable had wriggled clear of Aaron Downes only to be brought down by Torquay's big Aussie defender.
Downes redeemed himself with a goal to put Torquay back into the game in the 58th minute, guiding in a far post header from a Kevin Nicholson corner.
And Oxford's third goal came with the last kick of the game as Simon Heslop broke away on the right of a stretched home defence and drove the ball low past Poke.
|Torquay United||Oxford United|
|1 Michael Poke||24 Luke McCormick|
|3 Kevin Nicholson||17 Tony Capaldi|
|4 Aaron Downes||16 Andrew Whing|
|5 Brian Saah||6 Jake Wright|
|2 Joe Oastler||4 Michael Raynes|
|7 Lee Mansell||23 Luke O'Brien|
|24 Joss Labadie||2 Damian Batt|
|15 Billy Bodin||14 Sean Rigg|
|8 Ryan Jarvis||27 Scott Davies|
|9 Rene Howe||9 James Constable|
|26 Elliot Benyon||15 Alfie Potter|
|13 Martin Rice||Max Crocombe 31|
|21 Tom Cruise||Michael Duberry 5|
|16 Angus MacDonald||Harry Worley 22|
|19 Danny Stevens||Simon Heslop 8|
|6 Damon Lathrope||Josh Parker 25|
|20 Nathan Craig||Tom Craddock 29|
|14 Lloyd Macklin||Deane Smalley 10|
|Lloyd Macklin for Ryan Jarvis (65)||Josh Parker for Tony Capaldi (9)|
|Danny Stevens for Joss Labadie (90)||Deane Smalley for Sean Rigg (74)|
|Simon Heslop for Josh Parker (90)|
|Rene Howe (62)|
|· Squads: Torquay United | Oxford United|