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REACTION: Patience the key as United Win at Walsall

James Henry on FA Cup progress

2 December 2019

Patience was the key as Oxford United made it through to the third round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Walsall on Saturday.

A James Henry goal was enough to squeeze United through with the goal making it ten for the season for United’s top scorer
 
“Walsall made it difficult for us” he told iFollow after the game. “I thought we dominated from start to finish but they sat deep and made it hard for us to break them down, and we didn’t take our chances. We had five or six really good opportunities and their keeper made some really good saves so it took us some patience but we managed to get the goal in the last ten minutes
 
“Patience was the key: keep moving their defence because we knew we would create chances and it was just about taking one and getting through. And also about keeping the run going and concentrating on the next couple of games this week.”
 
United’s amazing form is in stark contrast to last season where they also travelled to Walsall but on that occasion needed a win to ensure survival.
 
“Last year we dug in deep and found some form and I think we have carried that on this season” James told us. “I think you can see the style of play we have now and the squad depth that we have. There are still some really good players to come back from injury and that will be welcome over a big period that we have coming up over Christmas.
 
“Everyone will play a part because we have progressed in every competition and every player knows they are fighting for their shirt.”
 
Ten goals for the season now for James. Will he end the season as top scorer for a third season in a row?
 
“It’s going to be close” he laughed. “Matty’s on eight, Tariqe’s on eight, Cameron Brannagan is on eight. I’m on ten! Whoever wins it wins it but if we keep playing like we did today then we will score loads of goals.”
 
See the full interview plus highlights in iFollow

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