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Newey seeks happy home
Tom Newey believes victory in Oxford United’s first home game of the season tomorrow is important to increase the feel-good factor among the club’s supporters. After back-to-back away fixtures in the opening week of the campaign, the U’s face Bury in the first competitive outing at the Kassam Stadium.
The club took 2,500 fans to Portsmouth last weekend, who roared Chris Wilder’s men to a stunning 4-1 victory.
Despite being knocked out of the Capital One Cup 4-0 at Charlton Athletic in midweek, the league success is likely to have a positive effect on tomorrow’s attendance.
Newey knows strong form at home will be critical this season and is determined to make a winning start.
He said: “It’s important you have a good grounding at home and get off to a good start, because the fans will get behind us, especially if we get a good result against Bury.
“It would breed confidence and they will start to believe, which means they’ll back us in bigger numbers.
“That’s what we want – to get as many fans in the ground as we can.
“We saw how many went to Port-smouth, so tomorrow should be a good occasion with a decent crowd and we need to give them something to go home happy about.”
Newey played for Bury during the 2009/10 season and is glad they are on a more level footing after well-publicised financial problems last season.
The full back is expecting a tough challenge and says United will be ready.
“Kevin Blackwell’s teams are usually very physical and direct,” he said. “We will know what to expect and we’ll have to match their effort and work rate.
“What I’ve gauged from being at the club so far is everyone is prepared to put a shift in for each other – that’s vital to get out of this division because with a lot of the teams what they lack in quality they’ll make up in effort.”
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