Oxford United were left frustrated at Leyton Orient on Saturday after letting a 2-0 lead slip away. Two goals up through Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram, United were denied by an injury time equaliser from the O’s after battling for half an hour with ten men following a red card for Jordan Graham.
“It will make him a better player” Head Coach Michael Appleton said of the on-loan Wolves winger. “He will learn there are things you can and can’t do, and certain things you can’t get away with. He’s been great so far and it’s important that we recognise that he has been fantastic for us. In the first half he was outstanding. He then made a couple of mistakes. People make mistakes. Sometimes you get punished sometimes you don’t. We probably got half punished for it today.
" I think the rest of the players stood up to what was a difficult game in the second half with a lot of long balls into our box. I thought we had seen it out, but we’ve got a point, we take it and we move on to another big game on Tuesday.”
The game hinged on two great saves from home keeper Alex Cisak from Liam Sercombe just before the equaliser.
“I thought Liam was fantastic for us again today and the energy he has in the middle of the park is outstanding” Michael said . “He showed great skill to go past two or three players for the first one and then the save from the second one was outstanding. It’s a shame because it would have capped a great performance from him.”
United now move on to two home games, the first against top of the table Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night.
“We have taken seven points from three games, the first three of our five game block, and are looking forward to adding to that over the next couple of games” Michael said.