Oxford United brushed aside the challenge of York City last night to move up to second in the table with a 4-0 win. Four goals from four different scorers- Jordan Bowery, Chey Dunkley, Danny Hylton and Kemar Roofe capped a good night’s work for Michael Appleton’s side, as he told Yellow Player HD:
“There were lots of reasons to be happy tonight. Four goals is one of them, a clean sheet is another. With the run we had at home we wanted a convincing win and it was a big stepping stone for us. Then to hear results elsewhere made it an even better night for us.”
“I think we matched York in terms of motivation and attitude, and York are going to have to show the same attitude that they had in the early parts of the game in every single match now because some of those players are fighting for their careers. But selfish as it is I am so focussed on what we are doing here that it’s hard for me to worry about other people.”
United’s firepower proved too much on the night. Bowery has now scored six goals in five starts, Hylton has bagged five in four starts and Roofe came off the bench to net his 21st of the season. With Chris Maguire itching for a start and Ryan Taylor close to fitness again Michael looks to have plenty of options.
“It’s a fantastic position to be in” he said. “They will all play a part between now and May and provided we can keep them hungry and they keep that appetite to play and be part of the starting eleven that is only going to push people on when they do get their opportunity.”
With Plymouth losing at Barnet, United moved up to second and made Saturday’s trip to Home Park even more exciting.
“There were so many encouraging things and it was a good night but now we move on to Plymouth” Michael said.” I thought the fans were great again tonight and we know they will travel in numbers to Plymouth on Saturday. It’s another very important game but we go there with plenty of confidence and it’s one we are all looking forward to.”
See the full interview in Yellow Player HD as well as the thoughts of Jordan Bowery and extended highlights at midday.