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Pep Pleased With Attitude as U's Beat the Dons

Reaction as United start 2018 with victory

2 January 2018

Manager Pep Clotet was pleased with the attitude as his Oxford United team bounced back to beat MK Dons yesterday

“It was a very professional performance and the players showed a great attitude” he told iFollow after the 3-1 win. “There was a lot of joy in the stadium and that’s what we want to see. We haven’t produced a performance in some of the last few games but when you see what we did today it is a big step forward and for us it was like putting what happened behind us.

“We dominated the challenges and were very organised defensively, that’s something we have been working very hard on in the last few days, especially after the Wigan game. A lot of the mistakes we made in that game were cut out today and obviously we attacked with extra determination and found the spaces very well. The players found the extra ten percent in everything and showed that the spirit is there and I can only credit the players for what they have done.”

Wes Thomas and Jon Obika both scored as United’s more traditional 4-4-2 shape started to bear fruit:

“It is very difficult to play against two strikers working well together” Pep said “I think there is a trend starting in football now to play with two strikers, like before. But the important thing, whether it’s two strikers or one man just behind, the football we produce is the same. I was never too low after one or two bad performances and I am not too high after this; we just have to keep building. It’s the first year of our project and we have to keep improving the football. Today I think the players showed that they are giving everything for this club.”

See the full interview plus the thoughts of Gino van Kessel and either the full 90 minutes or extended highlights, all in iFollow.


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