A goal after three minutes was the perfect present not just for Oxford United but also for left back Josh Ruffels as the U’s made it five games unbeaten with a 3-0 win over Shrewsbury on Saturday.
“We’d spoken about me not scoring earlier in the week!” Ruffels told iFollow “It was a great ball in from Tony McMahon and I was just in the right place. It was a great feeling- it was my 25th birthday on Tuesday and obviously the club’s 125th birthday on Saturday so what a great moment.
“That’s two home games on the trot where we have scored early goals and it is such a massive help. It settles everyone down and the second goal not long after was massive for us. I thought we defended really well after that and deserved the clean sheet. It’s the first time I’ve really had a run in the team at left back and I pride myself, like all of the defence, on keeping clean sheets!
“I also thought the fans were outstanding. Coming out and seeing that huge flag behind the goal, and to walk through a Guard of Honour made up of all the stars of the past was a great moment. We should really have been the ones applauding those players out.
“We are on a decent little run now but there is still plenty of work to do. Nobody is getting carried away. We will just keep training hard, keep working for each other and hopefully we keep making progress.”
See the whole interview plus highl;ights in iFollow