EFL Cup - First Round
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Brentford 0-4 Oxford United

John Mullins scores
John Mullins scored Oxford's fourth goal early in the second half

League Two side Oxford United thrashed Championship outfit Brentford to reach round two of the Capital One Cup.

Liam Sercombe struck from 18 yards to put the U's ahead, before home keeper Jack Bonham's clearance cannoned off Danny Hylton and flew into the net.

Kemar Roofe made it 3-0 with a superb 40-yard lob after collecting Bonham's headed clearance on 12 minutes.

John Mullins fired in the fourth after the break as the Bees, who gave debuts to eight players, were well beaten.


Oxford, who lost on penalties to Premier League side West Brom in the second round last season, had failed to win in their previous seven visits to Griffin Park.

However, they had victory all but secured within 15 minutes against a Brentford team showing 11 changes from Saturday.

The U's, tipped to push for promotion to League One this season, took the lead on five minutes before Hylton's fortuitous strike made it 2-0 after nine.

Roofe's fantastic effort ended the match as a contest before Mullins slotted a fourth after the break.

The League Two side are marking the 30th anniversary of their sole major trophy win, the League Cup final in 1986, this season.

Danny Hylton
Danny Hylton, who scored Oxford's second at Griffin Park, was also on target in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Crawley

Brentford manager Marinus Dijkhuizen: "It was an embarrassing performance from my team. After 12 minutes it was 3-0 and game over.

"There were a lot of lessons tonight for me and for the players. That's a good thing. The bad thing is we played awful.

"You have a lot of changes and maybe too much. And I was surprised that there was no leadership in the team tonight."

Oxford boss Michael Appleton: "We were all frustrated after Saturday [a 1-1 draw with Crawley] and I asked for a quick start.

"We looked at the video from the Ipswich game and they pressed them really hard to get their rewards. I am absolutely delighted for them.

"[Roofe's goal] was a fantastic finish - a goal in a million. I am sure it will be all over the TV and be one of the contenders for goal of the season already."



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 16Bonham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 29Barbet
  • 5BjellandSubstituted forBidwellat 45'minutes
  • 28YennarisSubstituted forMcCormackat 53'minutes
  • 34Laurent
  • 30Williams
  • 36Clarke
  • 33Udumaga
  • 21Vibe
  • 37SeniorSubstituted forGogiaat 75'minutes


  • 3Bidwell
  • 12McCormack
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 24Gogia
  • 31Smith

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Slocombe
  • 2Baldock
  • 5Mullins
  • 6Wright
  • 3Skarz
  • 7Rose
  • 4RoofeSubstituted forO'Dowdaat 45'minutes
  • 8SercombeBooked at 65mins
  • 10Hylton
  • 11MacDonaldBooked at 31minsSubstituted forRuffelsat 59'minutes
  • 20TaylorSubstituted forHobanat 65'minutes


  • 9Hoban
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15O'Dowda
  • 21Crowcombe
  • 22Long
  • 24Ashby
  • 33Dunkley
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamOxford Utd
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 0, Oxford United 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Oxford United 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. John Mullins (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jack O'Connell.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Williams (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  10. Post update

    Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Sercombe (Oxford United).

  12. Post update

    Jack O'Connell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Pat Hoban (Oxford United).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Josh Clarke (Brentford).

  15. Post update

    Callum O'Dowda (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

  17. Post update

    Danny Hylton (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hylton (Oxford United).

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.