The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Sam Hawthorn

OX­FORD mid­fielder John Lund­stram ad­mits the gi­ant strides made by the club in the past few sea­sons mean they will face a real bat­tle to keep some of their key per­form­ers.

But Lund­stram, 23, be­lieves the most im­por­tant per­son to keep at the Kas­sam Sta­dium is head coach Michael Ap­ple­ton.

Ap­ple­ton has over­seen a pro­mo­tion, two Wem­b­ley fi­nals, a host of cup gi­antkillings and an eighth-place fin­ish in their first sea­son back in the third tier for 15 years.

He was linked to the Eng­land Un­der-21s job at one time and skip­per Lund­stram ex­pects there to be other in­ter­est.

“That’s what comes with do­ing well and it’s no se­cret just how good he is,” said Lund­stram.

“The man­ager is the most im­por­tant per­son at this club.

“His man-man­age­ment has driven us for­ward and mas­sive credit to him.

“He’s brought us a long way in the time he’s been here.”

PRAISE: John Lund­stram

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