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30 April 2015

We look ahead to Oxford United's last game of the season, away at Newport

Oxford United are likely to be without both Jake Wright and Johnny Mullins as they end the season with a trip to Newport County on Saturday.

The central defensive partnership have been a model of consistency for the U’s; it is over 100 league games since at least one of them didn’t start. However with skipper Wright still troubled by an abdominal muscle strain and Mullins stretchered off during last weekend’s win over Cambridge, Head Coach Michael Appleton is expecting to have to make changes.

“It looks that way” he told Yellow Player. “I don’t think either of them will be available. They have done well all season but we know that we do have other players who can play there.

“Chey Dunkley had to be patient when he first arrived from Kidderminster but he has been excellent in the last two games and will want to finish the season in the side and challenging to start next time around. Andy Whing is experienced and brings different qualities at centre-half and Sam Long has played most of his football in that position so we have one or two things to think about.

“Whoever plays, the focus and intensity will be there despite it being the last game. The players’ attitude has been spot on for the last few weeks and it’s important that we keep it that way for one final game. We have gone seven games unbeaten and all we have worked for this week is to make that eight.”

See the full interview plus a final Preview Show, featuring Kemar Roofe and a review of the season, all in Yellow Player now.

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