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Togetherness Paying Off

12 March 2015

Gaffer gets ready for Plymouth test

‘Together’ has become the key word for Oxford United this season and is something that the players have demonstrated over the last few games as they have put a run of four games unbeaten together. It coincided with Head Coach Michael Appleton asking his side to treat the last fifteen games as a season within a season, and the unity and determination the players have shown has delighted the United boss:

“There’s a resolve and a togetherness about them that I think you can see” he told Yellow Player today. “They enjoy coming in to training, they work hard and their attitude and effort is second to none. We have a big week with three games to play and they don’t come more difficult than Plymouth on Saturday. They are a very difficult side to play against; even against ten men at their place we had to be patient before we got our goals. We will have a plan going into the game, and play in a way that we think can hurt them.“

United will be without top scorer Danny Hylton, ruled out for two games after his tenth yellow card of the season, but Michael can see benefits from the hard-working forward sitting out two games ahead of the season finale.

“Hylts has done well but I think it might do him the world of good” Michael said. “By his own admission he has been quiet, for him, in the last couple of months  and the goals have dried up a little bit, although I have to say I thought he was back to his normal self last week at Bury. It might not be a bad thing for him to sit out the games and watch. We have a lot of options, not many players in the medical room, so someone else will get an opportunity up front and we are really looking forward to the game”

See the full interview in Yellow Player

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