Andy Melville looks ahead to Saturday's big match
First team coach Andy Melville says that Oxford United will be looking for consistency for the run-in this season, with last week’s win at Plymouth the springboard as they face York City at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow.
It’s a chance for United to gain revenge after York inflicted the first defeat on the U’s this season at Bootham Crescent in September, a game that the former Wales defender believes his side should have won:
“It was hard to analyse because we played ever so well and were in control of long periods of the game” Andy told Yellow Player. “It just seemed that every time they got in our half they scored. If we can get in good areas and create the chances like we do that day, and turn that into goals this time, then we will be really pleased.
“It was a little bit of a relief to get the win last week but the lads have done really well this week in training and we’re really looking forward to Saturday. We have trained hard and prepared properly for York.”
Tony Capaldi and Alfie Potter return to the squad after illness. “Tony and Alfie have trained this week and will be involved, which is good news for everyone” said Andy.
That virus is one of the latest injury or illness problems to affect United this season and Andy believes that this has had a decided effect on the team’s consistency:
“It has been frustrating with the injuries because you try and build units on the pitch and we have never been able to get those settled. Say it’s your back four, or your midfield four or whatever we have not been able to get a settled unit out often enough.
“Up front for example, Tom Craddock and James Constable played ever so well together against Accrington but a couple of weeks later and something happens and they aren’t playing together again until Plymouth last week. It is always good to have familiar people around you week in week out and it’s just never happened all season. We don’t complain about it, we just have to get on with it and prepare for each game and try and get the win. That’s what we will be looking to do on Saturday.”
See the whole interview plus the Preview Show in Yellow Player.
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