Pro­mo­tion is al­ready on agenda for Ox­ford

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

OX­FORD United boss Michael Ap­ple­ton ad­mit­ted he’s al­ready pre­par­ing his side for League One af­ter they ex­tended their un­beaten start to the sea­son with vic­tory over strug­gling Yeovil Town.

The Us are once again among the favourites to win pro­mo­tion this sea­son and are fi­nally start­ing to jus­tify that sta­tus.

They dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish against the Glovers, with goals from Danny Hyl­ton and Cal­lum O'Dowda earn­ing a de­served three points.

And while he ac­knowl­edged that there is still a long way to go, Ap­ple­ton al­ready ap­pears to have his sights set firmly on the higher level.

He said:“It was a very pro­fes­sional per­for­mance and I’m very happy.

“The idea is to build a side that can be com­pet­i­tive in League One.

“I know you have to do the busi­ness and get out of this di­vi­sion first, but ul­ti­mately if you are for­tu­nate to get pro­mo­tion then you don’t have to make a mas­sive im­prove­ment the fol­low­ing sea­son.

“We were de­cent against an en­er­getic young side and showed all the qual­i­ties I was look­ing for.

“We kept a clean sheet as well and that was al­most more im­por­tant for me than the goals be­cause we were very solid.”

Yeovil fell to their fourth de­feat from five league games this sea­son and boss Paul Stur­rock is fac­ing a tough chal­lenge to turn things around.

He said:“Ox­ford are a good side and they were a bet­ter team than us. But af­ter play­ing so well to beat Lu­ton last week­end, to play like we did is mind-bog­gling.

“We’ll keep work­ing hard to change things but to­day too many play­ers didn’t turn up.

“Tack­les weren’t won, head­ers weren’t won and we just weren’t good enough.

“If I had a shot­gun, I might be able to scare a few of them into ac­tion. I’m only jok­ing, but they are bet­ter than they are show­ing at the mo­ment.

“When you have that many poor per­for­mances in your team there is not much you can do, but we will turn it around.” Yeovil goal­keeper Ar­tur Krysiak made good early saves to keep out ef­forts from Hyl­ton and Ge­orge Bal­dock, while Stephen Arthur­wor­rey cleared off the line from Ke­mar Roofe. But Ox­ford went ahead on 14 min­utes when Hyl­ton headed in his fourth of the sea­son.

Yeovil im­proved slightly af­ter the break, but Ox­ford re­mained in con­trol and sealed vic­tory with 15 min­utes left.

This time Hyl­ton turned provider with a pow­er­ful run into the penalty area be­fore of­fload­ing for O’Dowda to con­vert from close range – Roofe then hit the bar late on.



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