U's win sees them shortlisted
Oxford United are in contention for a piece of early-season silverware after being shortlisted for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Team of the Round award.
Michael’s Appleton’s side have been nominated for the award after defeating near neighbours and Sky Bet League 1 outfit Swindon Town 2-0 in the second round of the tenth Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Wigan Athletic and Sheffield United have also been nominated for second round honours.
The winning team is set to be selected by a panel of judges over the coming days and will receive a supply of Johnstone’s Paint to utilise on a club project, as well as a trophy.
Richard Mazurkiewicz, marketing manager for Johnstone’s Trade, said: “In very different ways, Oxford, Sheffield United and Wigan all showed exceptional qualities in the second round to keep alive their Wembley dreams.
“For Oxford to defeat a Swindon side who play a league higher in the unique atmosphere of a local derby was an excellent performance.
“All three nominations for our Team of the Round award have strong credentials and the judges are going to have a very difficult choice when they come to select a winner.”
Oxford took their place on the shortlist by claiming local bragging rights with a 2-0 victory over Swindon, Kemar Roofe making himself a hero for the hosts with a brace.
It was a goal frenzy which led to Sheffield United taking their place amongst the nominations as they powered past Notts County 5-1.
The Blades were awarded three penalties on the night, two of which were converted by Jose Baxter and the other by Che Adams. The remaining goals came from Matt Done and Stefan Scougall.
Wigan Athletic gave themselves a chance of award glory by twice coming from behind to notch a 3-2 victory at Crewe Alexandra, Jordy Hiwula scoring twice and Yanic Wildschut once.
Johnstone’s has been bringing colour to the beautiful game since it began sponsoring the Football League Trophy in 2006.
The nearest Johnstone’s Decorating Centre to Oxford United FC can be found at the Cowley Business Centre, Wattington Road, Oxford, OX4 6NH.