FULL-BACK DUO VI­TAL FOR U’S

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

OX­FORD United are con­fi­dent of re­tain­ing the ser­vices of de­fend­ers Joe Ri­ley and Tareiq HolmesDen­nis un­til the end of the sea­son, as­sis­tant boss Derek Fazackerley has said.

The full-backs are due to re­turn to re­spec­tive par­ent clubs Bolton and Charl­ton when their loans deals ex­pire next month.

But as Michael Ap­ple­ton’s men bat­tle away in League Two, the U’s are un­will­ing to lose half of their back­line.

Fazackerley said:“I’m cer­tain if you asked the two play­ers, their mind­set would be to play here for the rest of the sea­son. They’ve been valu­able mem­bers of the squad and we’d like to feel that we could keep them.”

TALE OF TWO MAN­AGERS: Bolton boss Neil Len­non,left, and his Old­ham coun­ter­part Lee John­son

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