Max bids to build on West Brom experience

A dejected Max Crocombe in the penalty shoot-out on Tuesday night

A dejected Max Crocombe in the penalty shoot-out on Tuesday night

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Oxford United goalkeeper Max Crocombe is aiming to build on the experience of facing West Bromwich Albion to make improvements in his game.

The 21-year-old starred on his second appearance of the season and came agonisingly close to helping the U’s pull off a Capital One Cup shock on Tuesday night.

After shrugging off a slightly nervous start, Crocombe was only beaten in 120 minutes by a Johnny Mullins own goal.

Crocombe saved two spot-kicks in the penalty shoot-out and almost kept out a third in sudden death, which would have seen the U’s go through at the Hawthorns.

Despite being disappointed to finish on the losing side, the New Zealander is looking to learn from taking on Premier League opposition.

He said: “I could’ve done better at the start. But the goal was really unfortunate, so looking at it from that perspective I’m happy.

“I can definitely improve, I’ve always known that and I wouldn’t say I’m the finished article by any stretch.

“But it was really great to be a part of it again and we’ve got a great thing going here I think.”

Crocombe got his chance at West Brom, and the first round win at Bristol City, because on-loan George Long was ineligible.

In the absence of Ryan Clarke, who has returned to light training following foot surgery, Long has played in all four Sky Bet League Two games so far.

But Michael Appleton could have a selection headache for Saturday’s home game against Dagenham & Redbridge following Tuesday night.

Crocombe was pleased to show United’s head coach what he could do under pressure, but knows competition to get in the first team is fierce.

He said: “Obviously he’s not seen me in many matches, but the prime focus is the team.

“I always do my job and give my all. I’m confident in what I do, but we’ve got another couple of great keepers here.”

AIDAN Hawtin, Callum O’Dowda and James Roberts were on target as Oxford United’s development side lost 4-3 at Southend United yesterday.

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8:17am Thu 28 Aug 14

addisonox says...

Feel sorry for him. He is a decent keeper.. Should be picked ahead of Long.
Feel sorry for him. He is a decent keeper.. Should be picked ahead of Long. addisonox
  • Score: 11

1:15pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Truesupporter says...

I agree with addisonox He should be picked ahead of Long any day. He does not worry me as much as Long does when he strays way from the goal area. Also his performance on Tuesday was magnificent.
I agree with addisonox He should be picked ahead of Long any day. He does not worry me as much as Long does when he strays way from the goal area. Also his performance on Tuesday was magnificent. Truesupporter
  • Score: 6

3:15pm Thu 28 Aug 14

baldy bill says...

yes give him his chance he deserves it after tuesdays display as ive said before long flaps to much on crosses
yes give him his chance he deserves it after tuesdays display as ive said before long flaps to much on crosses baldy bill
  • Score: 7

8:43pm Thu 28 Aug 14

S Hillier says...

Totally agree with all that's been said, give Max another chance this Saturday.
Totally agree with all that's been said, give Max another chance this Saturday. S Hillier
  • Score: 5

7:56am Fri 29 Aug 14

addisonox says...

Max is our keeper we should develop him. Long is not ours fine for backup but leave to Sheff Utd to give him first team football.
Max is our keeper we should develop him. Long is not ours fine for backup but leave to Sheff Utd to give him first team football. addisonox
  • Score: 1
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