The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY - By Char­lie Ben­nett

SI­MON East­wood can­not wait to play at Wem­b­ley for the first time when Ox­ford United face Coven­try City in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy fi­nal – but the goal­keeper ad­mits that get­ting to a play-off fi­nal would mean a whole lot more.

The U’s saw off Lu­ton Town 3-2 on Wed­nes­day to book their spot at Wem­b­ley on April 2, but East­wood is only con­cen­trat­ing on their league form.

Michael Ap­ple­ton’s side were six points out­side the play-offs be­fore yes­ter­day’s clash with Bris­tol Rovers.

“To get a chance at Wem­b­ley is some­thing no-one would turn their nose up at,” East­wood said.

“No dis­re­spect to the com­pe­ti­tion, but I want to play there in the play-off fi­nal, which would be mas­sive for the club.

“There are that many games com­ing up, the man­ager has said we’ve got to for­get about the fi­nal.”

East­wood has played a key role this sea­son, with only Fleet­wood Town con­ced­ing fewer league goals be­fore yes­ter­day.

And the 27-year-old be­lieves his side could make a sec­ond Wem­b­ley trip. “With the mo­men­tum we’ve built, we have found a way to stay in games,” he added. “Now we have more of a set­tled side, every­one knows each other’s strengths and weak­nesses.”

HUN­GRY: Si­mon East­wood

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