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Brandon Barker on his goal at Bristol Rovers

10 February 2021

There was relief for on-loan winger Brandon Barker as the Rangers man blasted his first goal for Oxford United in the 2-0 win at Bristol Rovers last night.

Barker came on as a sub to make the points secure after Elliot Lee’s opener at the Memorial Stadium and told iFollow that his first goal for the club meant a lot:

“When you come a to a new club you do want to get your first goal out of the way as quickly as you can. Thankfully I did that and it came at a good time in the game when we were under a little bit of pressure and it meant we got the win. It was nice to get the goal: I just tried to get it out on my left and hit it as hard as I could! The goal was good personally but another win for the team was much more important.”

United had to work hard on a freezing night in Bristol:

“I thought it was a good game. Maybe not a pretty game of football but just one of those where we had to do everything we could to get the three points. It was tough. To be honest it wasn’t great out there in the cold but we are footballers and we are blessed to be doing this. Sometimes you get tough conditions but we know we could be a lot worse off so it’s fine.”

United now have just one defeat in 15 games but it was that one defeat, at Doncaster on Saturday that gave them extra inspiration last night.

“After Saturday’s defeat there were signs of frustration and we had to take it out on the opposition, get that anger out because we thought we played really well against Doncaster and just didn’t get what we deserved because of five minutes of madness” Brandon said. “So it was good to get out there again tonight and put that right and now we move on to another game on Saturday against Wigan and a chance to try and get another win to build on this one.”

See the full interview plus extended highlights in iFollow

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