Shrews are a dangerous side says United Boss
Oxford United boss Michael Appleton will have some interesting choices to make as his side head for Shrewsbury on Saturday. The U’s have made progress in the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy this week with much-changed line ups, and return to league action with everyone firing on all cylinders.
“We have learnt a lot in the last two weeks and I have been pleasantly surprised by what I got from one or two players” Michael told Yellow Player HD. “ I asked them to make me ask questions of myself going into the Shrewsbury game, put me and the staff under pressure to pick the right team to go and get three points. they did that and we have the majority of the players fit and well now, which is a bonus.
“Obviously there are going to be one or two disappointed to miss out, but there will certainly be changes.”
Sam Long and Christian Ribeiro remain sidelined but Liam Sercombe should be available despite suffering a dead leg at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
“He has a bit of a dead leg but should be fine to train on Friday and provided he doesn’t get a knock on it he will be OK” Michael said.
New Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst has had an immediate impact at the Shrews and Michael is well aware that his side face another tough test on Saturday.
“I think we are playing a dangerous side” he warned. “The last two games they have scored six and conceded none. They comfortably beat Barnet in the FA Cup and then a decent Middlesbrough under 23 side in midweek. The manager has gone in and made an impact and everyone is fighting for their position in the team and the squad. Where they are in the table doesn’t really mean anything. But we go there in good spirits ourselves and it’s one we are looking forward to.”
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