Cup he­roes say they’ll still have the buzz

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Dan Gil­lott

OX­FORD United re­turn to the grind of league ac­tion af­ter two cup scalps, but for­ward Alex MacDon­ald says the prospect of do­ing the dou­ble over Bris­tol Rovers is mo­ti­va­tion enough.

The pro­mo­tion con­tenders, both in the hunt for the top three, clash at the Kas­sam Sta­dium, with the U’s now con­sid­ered gi­ant-killers.

Last Sun­day they beat Premier League Swansea City 3-2 in the FA Cup, be­fore tri­umph­ing 2-0 at League One Mill­wall in the first leg of the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy south­ern area fi­nal on Thurs­day.

Ear­lier this sea­son Ke­mar Roofe curled home a stun­ner as Ox­ford beat the Pi­rates 1-0 and, de­spite their hec­tic sched­ule, MacDon­ald in­sists his troops are still full of en­ergy.

“It’s an old cliché, but when you’re win­ning games and they’re com­ing round fast, your legs don’t feel it as much,” he said.“It’s been a tough cou­ple of days, with the Swansea and Mill­wall games, but there’s an­other im­por­tant one com­ing up.

“We didn’t play par­tic­u­larly well against them last time and we asked Roofey to score us a won­der goal – which he did – to win the game. But we want to do the dou­ble.”

In Roofe, Ox­ford have ar­guably the League’s most in-form man.The 23-year-old has five goals in his last three games and 17 for the sea­son.

Mean­while, Rovers signed for­mer loa­nee Rory Gaffney from Cam­bridge on Thurs­day and the striker is ex­pected to go straight into the start­ing line-up.

Mid­fielder Liam Lawrence – also a new ar­rival, from League One Shrews­bury – be­lieves the Ox­ford clash will be a lit­mus test as his side seek back-to-back pro­mo­tions.

“We are in a good po­si­tion and we have a run of games com­ing up against teams who are around us in the league," said Lawrence.

“The next cou­ple of weeks with the big games we have will be a good in­di­ca­tor as to where we can get to.”



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