ACE ALEX LAUDS LUND­STRAM AS ON-FIRE ROOFE TAKES PLAU­DITS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Nick Lough

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

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