U's get set to take on the league leaders
It’s third against first in Sky Bet League 2 on Tuesday night as Oxford United welcome Plymouth Argyle to the Kassam Stadium.
The U’s, beaten just once all season, take on an Argyle side that has won its last four matches. It sets up a great night of football, and Head Coach Michael Appleton told Yellow Player HD earlier today that it’s a game that his players can’t wait for.
“I think the players will be self-motivating,” he said. “They are top of the league so they are up there to be knocked down, and it just makes it a little bit extra special for us.”
Plymouth have stormed to the top of the table and Michael knows all about the danger they represent:
“They play the right way and have a little bit of a talisman up front in Reid, who is not just a goalscorer but can lead the line on his own. They have made some very good additions since last season and have kept the nucleus of the squad that made the play-offs last time. So they are up there on merit.”
The last time United were at home for a night game was a memorable meeting with Swindon Town. With another great atmosphere on the cards Michael is hoping for a similar outcome.
“There is something different about playing under lights. I know as an ex-player that I used to get 15 or 20 per cent more energy for a night game. We are both up there, both playing with a lot of confidence and I’m sure that both teams will be looking forward to it.
“It should be an open game with both sides going for it, but we have to make sure we keep the door locked and try not to get hit on the counter-attack.
“It’s a great indicator of where we are. I think most times when I have asked that question to this group of players they have come up trumps.”
See the full interview in Yellow Player HD, along with the thoughts of Joe Skarz.
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