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  • "Might as well put the whole youth team out, let's just get this game out of the way and see what some of the younger players can do. I know it's the FA Cup but after our recent dreadful run that's seen us slide alarmingly down the table to me it's irrelevant , the League is what matters and getting us back on track. The game should be used to try out something different and look at what lesser tried players can do. And let's also not forget it is January, the transfer window is open and as v Pompey proved we don't have players capable of scoring against even the poorest opposition, we need strikers in, quickly. Smalley has never been any good and Beano (also known as James Constable) is past his sell by date. Kitson? I am still not convinced tho he can hold the ball up for others to have a go but he doesn't seem committed to OU's cause. Wycombe on Saturday worry me, whenever we play teams on a bad run it usually ends against us, let's avoid that this time please and get a convincing win."
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Marsh and Ruffels in reckoning

Josh Ruffels

Josh Ruffels

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

Josh Ruffels and Tyrone Marsh are in the frame for starts as Oxford United attempt to reach the FA Cup fourth round tonight.

The pair, both 20, look set to be given a chance against Charlton as manager Chris Wilder looks to juggle a busy period of fixtures.

While Ruffels has regularly featured this season, it is a year since Marsh started for the U’s, when he scored against Southend United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Wilder has been impressed with both in training.

He said: “We’ve got midweek games to fit in after a couple of postponements and especially at the top of the pitch, I’ve got to make sure I get the balance right.

“People like Tyrone Marsh come into the equation. There might be opportunities for him and Josh Ruffels.”

United will have to make one enforced change from Saturday’s goalless draw at Portsmouth, with new signing Nicky Wroe cup-tied, but Dave Kitson is available again after serving a two-game ban.

Charlton will be without striker Marvin Sordell (hamstring). He is likely to be replaced by Simon Church, who scored two goals against the U’s in the 4-0 Capital One Cup tie at The Valley in August.

Charlton Ath: from Alnwick, Solly, Morrison, Wood, Wiggins, Wilson, Cousins, Stephens, Jackson, Church, Kermorgant, Hamer, Evina, Dervite, Pritchard, Cook, Green, Ajdarevic.

Oxford Utd: from Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Wright, Newey, Williams, Mullins, Ruffels, Rigg, Marsh, Smalley, Constable, Kitson, Rose, Davies, Long, Bevans, Henly.

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