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'Boring' mantra is Kitson's key for Oxford United success
ADOPTING a boring approach in between games is key to Oxford United’s promotion hopes, according to Dave Kitson.
A strong start to the season has put the side among Sky Bet League Two’s leading pack ahead of the home clash with leaders Chesterfield tomorrow.
Kitson opened his U’s goalscoring account in last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Cheltenham Town.
He knows what it takes to win promotion, scoring 22 goals to help fire Reading into the Premier League during the 2005-06 season.
The 33-year-old striker’s feet are firmly on the ground and he believes the method of preparation used by the Royals is the way forward.
He said: “We all want success and I would like to get promoted with Oxford, but I can’t even remember how many games we’ve played and May feels like an awfully long way away.
“Although our team at Reading was fantastic we had a very boring mantra, which was just to concentrate on the next game and it worked for us.
“It’s hard to abide by because it’s natural to get carried away and excited.
“The fans don’t like hearing it, but you just take the next game and try to win it.
“By the end of the season, you get what you deserve.”
But sticking to a simple aim during the week does not mean the team cannot play entertaining football and Kitson sees similarities between United’s line-up and his old Reading side.
He said: “Our team was certainly not boring, but off the pitch the way we went about things was very structured and everyone knew what was going on.
“On the pitch it was swashbuckling and a complete juxtaposition really, but it seemed to work.
“I think we’re defensively sound and attacking-wise we’ve got some really creative and exciting players to watch.
“Off the pitch we need to look at the next game and work towards that, which is what we’ve had.”
While it is still early days in Kitson’s United career, he has no regrets on dropping into League Two.
He said: “I did my research on this club and I spoke to a lot of people.
“What kept coming out was it was a good attacking side, I wanted to be a part of that.”
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