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Mitchell Makes His Mark

New keeper looks to build on cup win as United head for Portsmouth

16 August 2018

Oxford United’s new keeper Jonathan Mitchell trained with his new teammates for the first time today as the squad prepared for the game at Portsmouth on Saturday.

With the pitches at the new training ground improving all the time after the summer-long drought United made the short trip to Thame to train and Mitchell; at last got to see his new teammates up close after his loan from Derby County.

“It’s been good” he told iFollow. “I hadn’t trained with them before Tuesday, I just went straight into the game, but working with them today you can see just how good they are and that this is a really talented squad.

"They have made me feel welcome and obviously a win and a clean sheet on Tuesday was a great way to start.

"All ten of them in front of me worked very hard so I didn’t have too much to do, and hopefully we can carry that on at Portsmouth on Saturday.”

Goalkeeping Coach Wayne Brown ran the rule over the latest keeper to join the U’s and told us

“He did really well on Tuesday. He is very calm, distributes the ball well, which is essential these days, and you can see why Derby rate him highly. We all wish Easty well after his injury but I think we are in safe hands.”

Training at Thame is a familiar location to Wayne who runs one of his very successful goalkeeping course at the ASM Stadium

“It’s a great facility” he told us. “The pitch is excellent and they made us feel very welcome today.”

See Jonathan Mitchell talking after training in the Preview Show in iFollow, where we also have Karl Robinson’s pre-match thoughts

For more information on Wayne Brown’s goalkeeping courses at Thame CLICK HERE

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