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VERDICT: Appleton on Bury

19 December 2016

"We've come a long way" says Oxford United Head Coach

Oxford United’s unbeaten run stretched to eight games on Saturday as they twice came from behind to beat Bury 3-2 at Gigg Lane.

“We’ve come a long way as a group since the Shrewsbury game and the disappointment that day” Head Coach Michael Appleton told Yellow Player HD. “I’m delighted the way  we came back twice today and then went on to win the game. It shows really good character at a difficult place. We were on a lose-lose today with Bury having lost eleven on the bounce so I am delighted with how we played.”

United had to dig deep after conceding an early goal, but Michael’s instructions had been the same as always:

“As it is most weeks-  start the game well, play in their half, press high up the pitch!” he laughed. “ It was a disappointing start and we had spoken about them hitting the ball in to Hope early. So they got a bit of encouragement with the goal but we got back into it quite quickly. We didn’t stop the crosses enough in the first half and got punished for it, but ultimately we scored two good goals and should have scored three or four at least. Then we went on and won the game from there. “

Attention now turns to Boxing Day and a home game against Northampton in front of a huge crowd.

“We have some big games coming up” Michael said. “I said before this game that if we can take seven points from nine going into the cup competitions then I’d be delighted. We have started those games the right way and we can’t wait for Boxing Day now.”

See the full interview plus the thoughts of John Lundstram and Chris Maguire, as well as extended highlights, all in Yellow Player HD

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