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Winnall Off The Mark

Sam delighted as United beat Wimbledon

3 February 2021

Sam Winnall was the hero with two goals as Oxford United made it safely through to the semi-finals of the Papa John’s Trophy last night.

Winnall’s two goals in the first half paved the way for a 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon and it was a relief for the striker to get off the mark and open his United account:

“It’s been a frustrating start to my time here and I’ve had to be patient a little bit not just with football but with my body and getting myself right” he told iFollow. “I feel like I haven’t had chance to show what I can do so there was a real sense of relief tonight to be able to go out there to play, to score and to win. It couldn’t have gone any better.

“For the last couple of months we have all been on the same page. I feel great and to score two goals and get Man of the Match gives me something to build on and hopefully I can go on from here.

“The goals were kind of what I have made a living from: being in the right place and putting my body on the line if I have to in order to get a goal. I’ll always do that.

“I got caught by either a defender or the keeper for one of them and got a cut under my eye but I’ll take that for a goal any time. I maybe could have had more but I won't get too disheartened: two goals and a win will do!

“I’ve won the competition before and did the double that year, winning promotion too. Hopefully I can do the double double and we can win the Papa John’s Trophy and win promotion this year. That’s the aim.”

See the full interview and extended highlights in iFollow

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