VERDICT - Appleton Delighted As U's Take First Leg Lead
15 January 2016
But U's boss is wary of Millwall for return
Oxford United may have opened up a two goal lead in the first leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy area final, but boss Michael Appleton knows the job is only half done, with the Lions likely to come back strongly in the second leg at the Kassam Stadium.
“We still have another tie to deal with, and it’s going to be a difficult game for us” Michael warned. “They are a side one place off the play-offs in League One, very competitive and a very dangerous side away from home.”
Kemar Roofe caught the headlines once again with another two goals to take his tally to 17 for the season, but it was midfielder John Lundstram who caught the eye and was selected as the SKY Man of the Match
“John is a very good player and will get all the plaudits and rightly so” Michael told Yellow Player HD after the game. “I was right behind his shot for the second goal and thought it was in all the way to be honest with you. He’s had a couple of very good games and been very consistent. I’m delighted for him.”
United now regroup for a massive home game against promotion chasing Bristol Rovers at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.
“That has definitely been our focus all week” Michael told us. “Never underestimate how hard it is to be involved in three competitions at the same time. You have to refocus and regroup on to the next game all the time and the players have done it really well this season.
“They are going to have to do it again and we have a short space of time, but I am sure they are more than capable of doing it.”
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