Oxford United got back to winning ways in the league on Saturday with an important win over Blackpool, coming from behind to win 2-1 thanks to goals from Mark Sykes and Marcus Browne.
The first goal was initially creited to Browne as well but took a huge deflection of Sykes on the way and the Northern Irishman was sure that he got a decisive touch:
“Yes, it came off me and the keeper went the wrong way” he told iFollow after the game. “I think Browny was a bit annoyed that he didn’t get both goals but it hit me and I think the keeper would have saved it if not: when I turned round I saw that the keeper had gone the other way so it’s as well that it hit me.
“The goal got us back into the game and we played well in the first half. The second was more of a grind but we came out on top.”
With a replay against Newcastle on Tuesday night United did well to keep their concentration for a vital three points in the league
“We all know that the league is massive for us.” Mark said. “It’s a nice thing to play Newcastle twice but we won’t lose our focus on the league; it’s the most important thing and we have to focus on where we want to be next year. So I thought the lads had their heads screwed on for this game and it showed.
“We didn’t win any league games in January so it has been a bit tough for us but the Manager was right when he told us it was a bit stop start towards the end today because we hadn’t won for a while
"But it was just important that we saw it through and got the three points in the end.”