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REACTION: Mackie on Coventry Draw

Jamie Mackie as United draw an amazing game

2 September 2019

Oxford United picked up a point from an extraordinary 3-3 draw with Coventry City but striker Jamie Mackie was still not happy despite his side showing fantastic character.

"We want to win games of football but I can understand people being happy today because it was a weird position to be in” he said in a typically honest iFollow interview. “We were 2-0 down, got to 2-2, went 3-2 down- and it should have been 3-2 before that don’t forget because Easty bailed us out. Then it’s 3-3 and we get a point. But we need to win football matches. That’s the message.  

“We have to realise that it’s the finer details that win you any match. You can look at it two ways. Woody hits a great effort that hits the post and they go up the other end and score. Do we say ‘how’s your luck?’ or ‘ that’s not good enough’: a ball on the edge of the box, can we deal with it and not allow them to break away? That’s something we need to work on as a side.

“Everyone makes mistakes. I should have scored in the first half, other people should’ve scored too but you bail each other out. We did that today but we are down there now and don’t want that to go on too long and then click and find the gap is too big. We want to be competing to win something.

“I’m not happy because I want to win. Don’t get me wrong; from the position we were in you take a point, but you don’t ever set out to take one point at home.

“So there is improvement to be made. I want to achieve something. That’s about understanding as a side and locking games out, being more solid and being more clinical. If we can get that right then we can be up there.”

See the full interview plus extended highlights in iFollow.

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