Deadly Deane off to a flier

Herald Series: Deane Smalley (centre) receives the congratulations of his Oxford United teammates after smashing the winner in the 1-0 friendly victory over West Ham Deane Smalley (centre) receives the congratulations of his Oxford United teammates after smashing the winner in the 1-0 friendly victory over West Ham

Deane Smalley is hoping last night’s stunning winner against West Ham United is the start of a rich vein of form as he aims to make up for a poor start to his Oxford United career.

The 23-year-old smashed in the only goal of the game as Chris Wilder ’s side beat their Barclays Premier League opponents 1-0 in the first friendly of the summer at the Kassam Stadium .

Smalley was delighted to find the net, but admitted there was an element of luck to it.

He said: “I was a bit lazy to be honest because I didn’t get myself in the box for the cross and luckily enough the ball’s come back out to me.

“I found myself in a good position in the end, I just had to get a good connection on it and fortunately for me it went past the keeper and into the back of the net.”

The striker endured an underwhelming first 12 months to his United career, but is desperate to turn it around this season.

He said: “I’ve not just got to prove it to the gaffer and the players, I’ve got to prove it to the fans and everyone around Oxford.

“Last season was disappointing for me, but hopefully now I can kick on and show everyone what I’m made of.”

The game was played with more of an edge than most pre-season games and some full blooded challenges saw the two sets of players confront each other in the first half.

Wilder was encouraged by the display.

He said: “Sometimes pre-season friendlies are flat and can fizzle out, but that was competitive – both teams had a go and there were a couple of tackles which livened it up, which I don’t mind. I thought we competed and I thought we played.

“It wasn’t a great first season for Deane, but he took his goal extremely well and if that’s the start and it kicks him on then we’ll all be delighted.”

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11:13am Wed 18 Jul 12

Joe1 says...

Let's hope so Deane!!!
Good to get a win( no matter what kind) under our belt.


"COME ON YOU YELLOWS"
Let's hope so Deane!!! Good to get a win( no matter what kind) under our belt. "COME ON YOU YELLOWS" Joe1

1:13pm Wed 18 Jul 12

LeGod says...

Calm down West ham were in 2nd gear and friendlies only mean getting sharp for the season we drew with Bayern Munich last week and thats it a draw and lets face it if there was something on both games we know who would have won.
It may be all the excitment you get this year though!!!!!!!
Calm down West ham were in 2nd gear and friendlies only mean getting sharp for the season we drew with Bayern Munich last week and thats it a draw and lets face it if there was something on both games we know who would have won. It may be all the excitment you get this year though!!!!!!! LeGod

1:51pm Wed 18 Jul 12

sprouts says...

LeGod wrote:
Calm down West ham were in 2nd gear and friendlies only mean getting sharp for the season we drew with Bayern Munich last week and thats it a draw and lets face it if there was something on both games we know who would have won.
It may be all the excitment you get this year though!!!!!!!
Wasn't that actually "Bayern Munich II"? They are the reserve team and play in the regional league (Regionalliga), which is one of the 4th tier regional leagues in the German system.
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Calm down West ham were in 2nd gear and friendlies only mean getting sharp for the season we drew with Bayern Munich last week and thats it a draw and lets face it if there was something on both games we know who would have won. It may be all the excitment you get this year though!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Wasn't that actually "Bayern Munich II"? They are the reserve team and play in the regional league (Regionalliga), which is one of the 4th tier regional leagues in the German system. sprouts

5:19pm Wed 18 Jul 12

kckidlington says...

LeGod wrote:
Calm down West ham were in 2nd gear and friendlies only mean getting sharp for the season we drew with Bayern Munich last week and thats it a draw and lets face it if there was something on both games we know who would have won.
It may be all the excitment you get this year though!!!!!!!
Boring!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Calm down West ham were in 2nd gear and friendlies only mean getting sharp for the season we drew with Bayern Munich last week and thats it a draw and lets face it if there was something on both games we know who would have won. It may be all the excitment you get this year though!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Boring!!!!! kckidlington

6:19pm Wed 18 Jul 12

DUDHEAD says...

LeGod seriously do you not have nothing better to do than read are pages and pass your own views and judgements im beginning to think your actual an Oxford United fan living in Swinedon
LeGod seriously do you not have nothing better to do than read are pages and pass your own views and judgements im beginning to think your actual an Oxford United fan living in Swinedon DUDHEAD

7:40pm Wed 18 Jul 12

Chish and Fips says...

Wash your mouth out with soapy water Dudhead ... LeGod a Poxford fan I bet he'd sooner stick pins his eyes than be a Poxford fan
Wash your mouth out with soapy water Dudhead [ a very apt name I might add] ... LeGod a Poxford fan I bet he'd sooner stick pins his eyes than be a Poxford fan Chish and Fips

8:25pm Wed 18 Jul 12

DUDHEAD says...

Well if he stuck pins in his eyes he won't be able to type stupid and pointless posts anymore
Well if he stuck pins in his eyes he won't be able to type stupid and pointless posts anymore DUDHEAD

8:48pm Wed 18 Jul 12

In_The_Nikon_Time says...

LeGod wrote:
Calm down West ham were in 2nd gear and friendlies only mean getting sharp for the season we drew with Bayern Munich last week and thats it a draw and lets face it if there was something on both games we know who would have won.
It may be all the excitment you get this year though!!!!!!!
Oh dear, LeKnob forgets to mention that it was Bayern's 2nd team they played, which plays in the German 4th Tier. Typical he forgets to mention the most important fact - nothing new there then!!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: Calm down West ham were in 2nd gear and friendlies only mean getting sharp for the season we drew with Bayern Munich last week and thats it a draw and lets face it if there was something on both games we know who would have won. It may be all the excitment you get this year though!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Oh dear, LeKnob forgets to mention that it was Bayern's 2nd team they played, which plays in the German 4th Tier. Typical he forgets to mention the most important fact - nothing new there then!! In_The_Nikon_Time

8:50pm Wed 18 Jul 12

In_The_Nikon_Time says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Wash your mouth out with soapy water Dudhead ... LeGod a Poxford fan I bet he'd sooner stick pins his eyes than be a Poxford fan
It would be a lot more interesting to watch him stick pins in his eyes than it is to read his drivel
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Wash your mouth out with soapy water Dudhead [ a very apt name I might add] ... LeGod a Poxford fan I bet he'd sooner stick pins his eyes than be a Poxford fan[/p][/quote]It would be a lot more interesting to watch him stick pins in his eyes than it is to read his drivel In_The_Nikon_Time

9:14pm Wed 18 Jul 12

kckidlington says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Wash your mouth out with soapy water Dudhead ... LeGod a Poxford fan I bet he'd sooner stick pins his eyes than be a Poxford fan
Boring boring boring!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Wash your mouth out with soapy water Dudhead [ a very apt name I might add] ... LeGod a Poxford fan I bet he'd sooner stick pins his eyes than be a Poxford fan[/p][/quote]Boring boring boring!!!! kckidlington

5:50am Thu 19 Jul 12

Chish and Fips says...

DUDHEAD wrote:
Well if he stuck pins in his eyes he won't be able to type stupid and pointless posts anymore
and if it wasn't for us posting on here you'd lot would struggle to find anything else to write about on here too. So looking at it another way, we are sparking some life into this dour site.
[quote][p][bold]DUDHEAD[/bold] wrote: Well if he stuck pins in his eyes he won't be able to type stupid and pointless posts anymore[/p][/quote]and if it wasn't for us posting on here you'd lot would struggle to find anything else to write about on here too. So looking at it another way, we are sparking some life into this dour site. Chish and Fips

7:24am Thu 19 Jul 12

Chish and Fips says...

kckidlington wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Wash your mouth out with soapy water Dudhead ... LeGod a Poxford fan I bet he'd sooner stick pins his eyes than be a Poxford fan
Boring boring boring!!!!
Your input KC even more... boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring...

See what we mean....
[quote][p][bold]kckidlington[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Wash your mouth out with soapy water Dudhead [ a very apt name I might add] ... LeGod a Poxford fan I bet he'd sooner stick pins his eyes than be a Poxford fan[/p][/quote]Boring boring boring!!!![/p][/quote]Your input KC even more... boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring... See what we mean.... Chish and Fips

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