Appleton's closing in on striker for Oxford United

United substitute James Roberts (right) closes down Wolves’s Antony Forde during last night's 1-0 defeat

United substitute James Roberts (right) closes down Wolves’s Antony Forde during last night's 1-0 defeat

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Michael Appleton says Oxford United are “super close” to signing a striker to boost a side which lacked a cutting edge in a 1-0 home defeat to Wolves last night.

The U’s matched their Championship opponents in most departments, but rarely carried a goal threat in the final third as they lost to Leon Clarke’s first-half effort.

Strengthening the forward line has been a priority for Appleton since arriving earlier this month, and the head coach believes a deal for one forward is near.

He said: “It’s about getting the right one and from what I’m being told we’re not close, we’re super close on certainly one.

“That will give everyone a big lift going into Saturday’s game.

“He’s someone I’ve been aware of for a while and saw him play and do really well at the back end of last season.”

One other concern last night was the sight of Johnny Mullins limping off in the first half with a dead leg.

United will not know the extent of the problem for 48 hours, but the centre back will definitely miss Saturday’s game at home to Bournemouth.

Otherwise, Appleton was upbeat about the display.

He said: “Apart from the goal, there were a couple of chances created by both sides and I thought it was a really competitive pre-season game.”

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett said: “It was good for our lads to come to a league ground and if we come here in the cup it will be a hard tie.

“We certainly didn’t have things all our own way.”

Callum O'Dowda in Irish defeat

Oxford Mail: Callum O'Dowda in action at Plymouth

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Oxford United’s Callum O’Dowda played for just over 70 minutes as Republic of Ireland Under 21s were beaten 2-1 by England C in Galway yesterday.

Kassam Stadium's pitch is ripped up

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Oxford United’s much-criticised Kassam Stadium pitch was laid bare yesterday as preparations began to lay a new semi-synthetic grass.

Oxford United pitch is dug up to be replaced by a state-of-the-art surface

Oxford Mail:

6:00am Monday 1st June 2015

DIGGERS will rip into the outdated playing surface at the Kassam Stadium today to make way for a completely new pitch.

Callum O'Dowda relishing Republic of Ireland matches

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 1st June 2015

WHILE the rest of the Oxford United squad have their feet up, Callum O’Dowda has been happily putting in extra training sessions ahead of two games for Republic of Ireland Under 21s this week, writes DAVID PRITCHARD.

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Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

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Oxford Mail:

6:30am Wednesday 3rd June 2015

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Oxford Mail: Aunt sally doll close up for sport

6:20am Wednesday 3rd June 2015

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Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

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Callum O'Dowda in Irish defeat

Oxford Mail: Callum O'Dowda in action at Plymouth

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Oxford United’s Callum O’Dowda played for just over 70 minutes as Republic of Ireland Under 21s were beaten 2-1 by England C in Galway yesterday.

Kassam Stadium's pitch is ripped up

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Oxford United’s much-criticised Kassam Stadium pitch was laid bare yesterday as preparations began to lay a new semi-synthetic grass.

CRICKET: Oxford sent crashing out

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

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CRICKET: Jack Taylor sparkles with maiden first-class century

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

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DARTS: Oxfordshire's promotion are ended by defeat

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

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8:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Determined Oxford dig deep to extend winning home run

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Tuesday 2nd June 2015

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9:19am Wed 30 Jul 14

OUFC 4 EVA says...

Lets hope it's someone who knows where the net is and will get a minimum 20 league goals this season!!

In Appleton We Trust
Lets hope it's someone who knows where the net is and will get a minimum 20 league goals this season!! In Appleton We Trust OUFC 4 EVA
  • Score: 14

10:23am Wed 30 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

Sounds like the signing of a new striker is imminent - and I have the feeling there's more to come, and, I'm also confident the quality of the players will excite all U's supporters!

Can't wait! COYY!
Sounds like the signing of a new striker is imminent - and I have the feeling there's more to come, and, I'm also confident the quality of the players will excite all U's supporters! Can't wait! COYY! Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 11

2:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far
Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -33

5:39pm Wed 30 Jul 14

howardl says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far
Why do you persist on writing on here? go on your swindon local rag
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far[/p][/quote]Why do you persist on writing on here? go on your swindon local rag howardl
  • Score: 6

6:26pm Wed 30 Jul 14

learned says...

Beau champ mummy wrote:
Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far
Are you honestly calling George Long a rubbish signing. He's a class act and one for the future.
Not sure about Hylton tbh
[quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far[/p][/quote]Are you honestly calling George Long a rubbish signing. He's a class act and one for the future. Not sure about Hylton tbh learned
  • Score: -1

7:17pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Brenda Jackson says...

learned wrote:
Beau champ mummy wrote:
Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far
Are you honestly calling George Long a rubbish signing. He's a class act and one for the future.
Not sure about Hylton tbh
Ignore the troll, he's a Billy no mates from the dark side.
[quote][p][bold]learned[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beau champ mummy[/bold] wrote: Lets hope he's better than the rubbish we have signed so far[/p][/quote]Are you honestly calling George Long a rubbish signing. He's a class act and one for the future. Not sure about Hylton tbh[/p][/quote]Ignore the troll, he's a Billy no mates from the dark side. Brenda Jackson
  • Score: 2

9:51pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Petercoleman says...

If he scores goals who will mon
If he scores goals who will mon Petercoleman
  • Score: 0

9:49am Sat 2 Aug 14

Oxokuba says...

I'm struggling to believe the new regime is going to deliver on its apparent promises - There's too many similarities to Kassam's 'were going on a journey' then we get a couple of loan signings. It's obvious we need strikers and I'm sure Appleton is well intentioned but I'd rather they board said nothing until a player was signed. We need 2-3 strikers and at least one with some pedigree and the season will soon be upon us. My enthusiasm has suffered for the past god knows how many years - so many false dawns and broken promises. I'll reserve judgement on the new management team and as usual wait to be proved wrong which is always preferable to seeing the same old mistakes and missed opportunities.
I'm struggling to believe the new regime is going to deliver on its apparent promises - There's too many similarities to Kassam's 'were going on a journey' then we get a couple of loan signings. It's obvious we need strikers and I'm sure Appleton is well intentioned but I'd rather they board said nothing until a player was signed. We need 2-3 strikers and at least one with some pedigree and the season will soon be upon us. My enthusiasm has suffered for the past god knows how many years - so many false dawns and broken promises. I'll reserve judgement on the new management team and as usual wait to be proved wrong which is always preferable to seeing the same old mistakes and missed opportunities. Oxokuba
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