David Davis, in the ninth minute, and then Che Adams (29) set the foundations for a decent pre-season success.BCFC
On a grey, rainy afternoon, Blues movement and slick play undid Oxford to break the contest open and provide them with a second successive win by this scoreline.
David Davis, in the ninth minute, and then Che Adams (29) set the foundations for a decent pre-season success.
Blues went close early on when a Emilio Nsue cross looped via a deflection to the far post and Curtis Nelson did well to get in amid a crowd of bodies to get a touch on the ball and keep it out, via the upright.
But soon after Blues were ahead, David rounding Scott Shearer to slot into the unguarded net cooly.
The ball came to Davis via a first time pass, on the slide, by Adams that split the Oxford defence on the left.
Davis showed fine composure on a slippy surface to glide past the 'keeper and finish.
Blues hosts were not deterred, however.
Rob Hall burst in on the left, turned back on Jonathan Grounds and fired low, from a tight angle from 10 yards, but David Stockdale made a good save, spreading himself to block with his feet.
Stockdale then made an even better stop, from point blank range, when Wes Thomas flung himself at a left wing cross. He stuck out his right hand to thwart the header.
Thomas then headed over from an inviting position - a glaring chance - as Oxford continued to respond to going behind with gusto.
Midway through the half Craig Gardner's corner from the left was delivered nicely to the centre of the area and Cheikh Ndoye came in, rising high, but couldn't keep his header under the crossbar.
Blues showed their quality by doubling the lead, out of nowhere.
Michael Morrison broke up an attack and fed the ball into Jacques Maghoma, who played it on to Lukas Jutkiewicz.
He delivered a superb sidefoot pass inside Charlie Raglan and Adams, running off his shoulder behind, slotted the ball in first time, just inside the far post.
Five minutes before the break Blues might have scored again, after Ndoye was quick to nick the ball in the centre circle.
It ran on to Jutkiewicz who waited for Adams to get past him on the left in the area, but the eventual shot - Adams checking back onto his right foot to try and hoist the ball into the top corner - was off target.
Half-time: Oxford United 0 Blues 2
For the second-half Blues brought on six substitutes, including trialists Eddie Afonso, an Angolan international left-back, Simeon Slavchev, a Bulgarian international midfielder from Sporting Lisbon, and Ravel Morrison.
There was a switch to 3-5-2 as well, with Marc Roberts, Michael Morrison and Ryan Shotton the three centre-halves.
Davis had to do the wing-back duties on the right, in order to accommodate Slavchev, Ndoye and Maikel Kieftenbeld in the centre of the park.
As Blues were readjusting, Oxford threatened via a very good left wing cross which Shotton did well to take off the toes of James Henry.
Then ex-Blues loanee Hall fired a fierce 30-yarder that Tomasz Kuszczak got fingertips on to tip onto the crossbar.
It rebounded down and Kuszczak grabbed it as Thomas tried to bundle him and the ball over the line.
Blues new line-up gradually began to settle and pass the ball around and although Oxford maintained good vigour, the visitors kept their shape and concentration.
Blues did not threaten goal as much after the break as the raft of substitutions continued to be made.
A misplaced pass by Afonso almost put Blues in trouble on the edge of their own area. Hall burst in but Kuszczak was there to dive at his feet and end the danger.
A three on three break offered hope of another Blues goal as Ravel Morrison nudged the ball in for Jutkiewicz, who tried to return the favour 22 yards out.
But they overdid it and in the end Afonso came onto the loose ball and blasted a goalbound shot that struck Nelson in the upper chest.
The last pieces of action of note were a smart low save by Kuszczak at the near post to keep out a flicked attempt by Jon Obika; then Ravel Morrison's 25-yarder, that took a deflection, was tipped round by Shearer.
Blues: Stockdale (Kuszczak ht), Nsue (Shotton ht), Grounds (Afonso ht), M Morrison, Roberts, Davis, Gardner (Kieftenbeld ht), Ndoye (Gleeson 64), Jutkiewicz, Adams (R Morrison ht), Maghoma (Slavchev ht).
Attendance: 3,507 (1,414 away).