A debut goal from Tariqe Fosu kick started Oxford United’s season with a draw at Sunderland on Saturday.
The former Charlton man’s neat finish earned the U’s a point at the Stadium of Light and left him pleased with the way the team performed in their first game of the season.
“I couldn’t have asked for much more with a goal on my debut but the result is more important and we are all disappointed not to have won the game, especially with Rob Dickie’s goal being disallowed” he told iFollow. “But is was a good start and a great team performance.”
Tariqe was delighted to get his first United goal and quick to thank others for their help:
“Jamie Mackie helped me a lot in the build up, buying me a little bit of time, and I just lifted it over the goalkeeper, left footed. There was a deflection I think but it went in.Jamie was great today. He is aggressive but his work rate is so good and that helps us all: when he presses it gets the team behind him and we all work hard for each other.
“I think we should have won the game. We had a few other chances, plus the disallowed goal, and I think we were a bit unlucky with the penalty: I don’t think it was a penalty but that happens. “
United now move on to the first home game of the season, against Peterborough on Saturday.
“We take a point from a big team like Sunderland and it’s a great result for the first day” Tariqe said. “Now we have to get back, get training and get ready for Peterborough. After today that’s a game where we just need to push again.”
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