Pre-match thoughts as United head for Gigg Lane
Oxford United head for Bury on Saturday looking to carry on their three game unbeaten run and do the double over the Shakers after a 2-1 win at the Kassam Stadium in December. Head Coach Michael Appleton told Yellow Player earlier today that his side will be more than ready for the challenge at Gigg Lane this weekend.
“They are a good side” he said. “They assembled a really good squad at the start of the season and they probably have one of the outstanding players in the division in Danny Mayor but we have gone to some decent teams and some difficult places away from home this season and done well so we will look to do the same again on Saturday.”
United showed grit to take a point against Morecambe on Tuesday night through George Baldock’s excellent late strike, and Michael knows that his side need to keep picking up the points to stay ahead of the chasing clubs at the foot of the table
“It was important on Tuesday. You have to give a bit of credit to Morecambe who made it difficult for us but we have to work out a way of breaking teams down in games like that. I am sure that Bury will be a little more attack-minded and that may well give us better opportunities to go and hurt them. Bury play a brave way, as I think we do so it should be a decent game.
"I thought the game at the Kassam a couple of months ago was a fantastic game of football. I thought we were the better side for much of it and were a little unlucky to go behind but then we showed great character to come back and win it.
“The biggest thing for me now on Saturday is to go there and compete and if we do that then I genuinely think we can go out and win the game.”
See the full interview plus a Preview Show featuring Joe Skarz, Armand Gnanduillet and former striker Jamie Cook, all in Yellow Player right now, the only place on the internet where you can hear live commentary from Gigg Lane on Saturday.