Oxford United 1 MK Dons 0

I got a bit bored of the hand wringing that was around in the run up to our win over MK Dons. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t like the decision to allow Wimbledon to relocate, nor do I understand how anyone can build a meaningful relationship a club that is such an artificial construct.

And, Peter Winkelman might look like the doorman in a cheap horror porno, but you can’t blame him for protecting his investment by relocating his business from an unviable location to one that might allow it to thrive.

The fans are just buying a product that’s been presented to them. I would find it difficult to support a club that I hadn’t invested lifetime in, but if my football mad son wanted to go and see a live game; and MK Dons was the local option, I might give it a crack.

The FA made a bloody stupid decision, which they now regret. But the practice still goes on, with the support of the footballing purists. Nobody complains when ‘phoenix’ clubs are offered positions in leagues higher than their real status deserves.

Whilst we like to believe our club has been borne from some Arthurian myth. But, most clubs have some murky past; Oxford wouldn’t have survived its recent years without the loyal support of fans whose allegiances were forged during the mid-80s, when Robert Maxwell used stolen pension money to fund our success.

If anything AFC Wimbledon have thrived as a result. In their previous incarnation, they were the ugly wart of the Premier League, but now they’re a model of how clubs should be run. Venal chancers have been run out of town and the fans are in charge.

People need get over it and move on. It has been widely acknowledged as being something that should never be repeated. Just because someone doesn’t make the right decision, doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve made the wrong one.

Comment: Oxblogger’s guide to friendlies

It’s been a long time since I went to a friendly. I went to Billy Hamilton’s testimonial, but left some time before the end. There is probably an entire thesis to be written on the relationship between friendly results and your performance during the season. But, if, like me, you can’t really be bothered with football in July; then please feel free to use my guide to reacting to friendly results.

Defeat or draw to team below you in league
Clearly meaningless. Nice that the lads get to stretch their legs against inferior opposition. The ability to cruise to defeat in this way shows just how good we are – like a sprinter easing up before crossing the line. (Big full-back who was once on Plymouth’s books – working in their ticket office) is rubbish. Always complain at potential leg breaking tackles put down to oppo’s clear nativity, lack of fitness and general low caste.

Win against team below you in the league
Deeply meaningful. Opposition are a decent side who were clearly up for it. Our boys’ ability to turn them over with such ease cements our obvious championship credentials. (lightweight trialist with unpronounceable name playing on the wing) is a genius who should be signed on (but will immediately sign for Abingdon Rovers of the North Abingdon Reserve 3rd Division).

Defeat or draw above you in league
Practically a victory. Looked the better side for the opening six minutes, only difference between the two sides was the hat-trick scored by striker who once slept with Chantelle Houghton from Celebrity Big Brother. Just think what we’d have done to them if every player was on top form and perfectly fit?

Win against team above you in the league
As the opposition drew with the current League Champions in the League Cup two years ago, we are clearly, by default, the true champions of all England. I’m going to cancel my season ticket because winning every week is going to get so boring.

Duffy does Didcot

Duffy’s brace against Didcot on Saturday probably underlines how important the pre-season is to him personally. Duffy’s season was a microcosm of the club’s; a curious mixture of success and failure. Any other season in any other division, his goal tally would have been seen as an unequivocal success, but in the wash-up it wasn’t because the ultimate objective of promotion was missed.

With the Twigglet coming in, Duffy has the potential of being left on the margins. When interviewed last year he was adamant that he knew what he was capable of and what he wasn’t. But that wasn’t good enough, because when we needed to score goals, he didn’t; as the miss against Exeter painfully demonstrated. There simply wasn’t anyone else on the pitch mopping up his failings, and nor should there be. He doesn’t have the luxury of saying that he’ll stick to what he’s good at. It’s like Billy Turley saying that he’ll do the goal kicks and let Chris Tardif do the shot saving.

Duffy’s acceptance of his strengths and weaknesses highlights the challenge he has in front of him. It is his attitude, rather than his fitness or ability that needs sharpening up. This is the hardest attribute of them all because few people, especially inherently arrogant footballers, are self reflective enough to change their mindset and values. But, in the end, if things aren’t going well he can’t afford to amble around writing the game off as ‘not his type of thing’ and waiting for next Saturday (or Thursday) to come around. He will have to impose himself on the game, or to use the footballing vernacular – get stuck in. If he doesn’t and the Twigglet does what he’s supposed to, there may be very little sign of him as the season progresses.