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  • "We did NOT travel well. Bradford seems to be one our bogey grounds. They played with much more fire than we did. You can't expect to beat teams like Bradford with that sought of playing attitude. I realise a player was sent off. Still we should be better than that. CW's comments re tiredness etc, what a load of nonsense. They are professional athletes, two games in a Week should not be a problem. All the clubs have the same number of games to play.We beat Swindon, great, we should build on that, not take it as an excuse for not winning the next two games.

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Red card killed us - Morgan

Dean morgan on his Oxford United debut

Dean morgan on his Oxford United debut

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

NEW signing Dean Morgan felt Damian Batt’s red card was crucial as he ended up on the losing side in his first appearance for Oxford United.

Batt was sent off five minutes before half-time at Valley Parade and the U’s went on to lose 2-1 against Bradford City.

Morgan, who signed on loan from Chesterfield on Thursday, was impressed with the way his new teammates stuck to their task, but found it difficult after the dismissal.

He said: “I thought the sending-off killed us. We wanted to play football and that pitch didn’t help.

“The boys dug in, we got the late goal but just couldn’t get the second – I thought it was a good team performance with ten men.

“You’re trying to make something out of nothing because they’ve got that extra man.

“Sometimes that second ball drops to them and then you’ve got that extra yard to make up to get it back and try to push forward. “ Morgan showed flashes of the form which saw him help Chesterfield’s to the npower League Two title side last season.

The 28-year-old was a threat at times wide on the left, although he felt the red card prevented him from having more of an impact.

“I thought I did OK and if we had 11 men for the whole game we would have got a lot more out of me and everybody else,” he said.

“Hopefully we would have won it.”

Morgan had little time to adapt to his new surroundings and only met the squad for the first time on the way up to the game on Friday.

The experience was not a new one for the former Colchester trainee, who has gone out on loan several times during his career.

He said: “The skipper (Jake Wright) took me round and introduced me to everybody.

“It was chilled out and as the night went on everyone was a bit chattier with me.

“Obviously with how I feel I played (on Saturday) they probably took to me even more and hopefully they’re pleased I’m on board.”

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