England - FA Cup
Nicky Wroe rifled home the goal which boosted Oxford as they aim to book an FA Cup clash with Town.
But the Yorkshireman can’t play in tonight’s third-round replay at home to Charlton, and will have to take a watching brief if the Us make it to the John Smith’s Stadium in round four on Saturday.
Born in Sheffield and a former Barnsley player, midfielder Wroe notched late on to clinch the 1-0 win at Wycombe which put Oxford seventh in League II.
But he is on loan from Preston and is cup-tied after playing for Walsall in round one, so won’t have the chance to take up where he left off tonight.
Wroe’s strike ended a run of five games without a win for Chris Wilder’s side, who threw away a two-goal lead in the initial third-round tie at Charlton.
And former Halifax chief Wilder said: “I thought all the players were getting back to where we were at before our blip over Christmas.
“I saw signs against Portsmouth, where every part of the game apart from the final third was good, and I definitely saw signs at Charlton and Wycombe.
“We stressed to the players it was important they played well but also that they got the right result, and they did that.”
Wilder is also without experienced former Reading and Stoke striker Dave Kitson, who has an ankle injury.
But both James Constable (nine) and ex-Oldham man Deane Smalley (seven) have been among the goals this season.
Oxford, who beat Gateshead and Wrexham in the first two rounds of the FA Cup, are aiming to avenge a 4-0 Capital One Cup first-round defeat by Charlton in August.
Chris Powell’s Addicks are without a win in four, and slipped to 21st in the Championship after losing 1-0 at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
They have already suffered two defeats at the John Smith’s Stadium this season – 3-2 in the Capital One Cup second round and 2-1 in the league.
Rhoys Wiggins is suspended after his red card against Boro, but Powell hopes his fellow defender Chris Solly will return after a knee problem.
Astrit Ajdarevic, the midfielder signed on loan from Standard Liege, made his debut from the bench on Saturday.
Powell, who has just marked the three-year milestone of his appointment by Charlton, believes the tide will soon turn for his team.
“We grew into the Middlesbrough game, but things just aren’t going for us,” he said. “We have to keep battling and give ourselves a fighting chance in each and every game.”