ACE ALEX LAUDS LUNDSTRAM AS ON-FIRE ROOFE TAKES PLAUDITS
OXFORD United winger Alex MacDonald believes team-mate John Lundstram was the stand out player of their FA Cup triumph over Swansea City, although did hail Kemar Roofe for his stunning display.
The 25-year-old was just one of the U’s Cup heroes who produced the scalp of the round by beating Premier League opponents 3-2 at the Kassam Stadium.
And while skilful midfielder Roofe received the majority of the attention for his two goals in the match, MacDonald wanted to commend the former West Brom man alongside some of the team’s other star performers.
“Kemar has got the headlines and deservedly so as he had a great game and in general has been sensational for us this season,” MacDonald told The FLP.
“However for me there was a few unsung heroes in our side, and after watching the game back I’ve never seen a young lad in John Lundstram run a game like he did. For me he was the best player on the park by a mile and he’s been exceptional since he came in.
“George Baldock at right-back was also superb and he’s been a revelation for us since he came in, and he and I have formed a great link down that right hand side.”
Swans caretaker-boss Alan Curtis mixed up his starting XI from the side that lost at Manchester United, however senior players such as Jonjo Shelvey, Jefferson Montero and Bafetimbi Gomis all started the tie.
MacDonald believes despite being against the odds, their success came through pinpointing their opponents’ flaws and exposing them at every chance.
“Not many people expected us to turn them over regardless of what team they put out, and even though they made ten changes their team was packed full of internationals,” he added.
“In the build up we studied them and found their weaknesses, and we exploited them and it all just worked for us and the game plan paid off.” Brought to Oxford from Burton Albion in February, MacDonald played in over half of the Brewers’ matches as they sealed promotion to League One – however he is still waiting to receive his winners medal eight months later.
“I’ve only recently tried to sort that out!” he said.
“I spoke to my old boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink about it then got in touch with his old assistant David Oldfield who said he was going to hold of one for me and send it.
“Hopefully I’ll get my hands on it very soon but it seems some people didn’t make the call!”
The U’s are still in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, while awaiting confirmation on whether it will be Newport County or Blackburn they host on January 30 in the FA Cup fourth round.
However, in the league MacDonald remains confident that he can bag his second League Two winners medal in two seasons.
“If I was a betting man, which I’m not, I think judging by how we’ve done this year and being in the top three we deserve to be there,” he said.
“There is no reason why we can’t stay there and give it a real go.”
CUP JOY: Alex MacDonald