Oxford United manager Michael Appleton declared his delight with his side’s team work and adaptability in their excellent 5-1 away success at Crawley Town according to the Oxford Mail.

Star man Kemar Roofe missed the match with illness and United boss Appleton challenged his players to share the workload in front of goal in the absence of one of their main attacking threats.

Chris Maguire (two), Callum O’Dowda, Liam Sercombe and George Waring all found themselves on the scoresheet at Broadfield Stadium and after the match Appleton was full of praise for his side’s clinical finishing in front of goal.

“A couple of different players got on the scoresheet, which is good to see.”

“They are sharing that workload, which is good.”

“I spoke to them about that at the hotel before the game.”

“Kem hadn’t eaten properly for two and a half days and I said to him we won’t use you unless I feel we need to.”

“I think his little one had something earlier in the week. I don’t know if it was a virus or what.”

The crucial away victory ensures that Oxford United maintain a healthy advantage over their promotion rivals with just five league fixtures remaining. United are four points clear of fourth placed Bristol Rovers with a significantly better goal difference.


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