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Practice makes perfect for Rose
PRACTICE paid off for Danny Rose as he made the most of a perfect free-kick position to set Oxford United on their way to victory against Bury.
The midfielder curled a set piece into the corner of Rob Lainton’s net from 25 yards to open the scoring at the Kassam Stadium.
United went on to win 2-1 and go top of Sky Bet League Two as one of only four sides to win their opening two games.
Rose put in the hours after training last week and was glad to see off competition from teammate David Hunt to take the 33rd-minute set piece.
He said: “I’ve had a few sessions on it during the week that I’ve done on my own and for it to come off in a game is very rewarding.
“You don’t often get many chances where you have a free-kick in the right place, but that one was in the perfect position.
“It was just off-centre to the right so it favoured the left foot.
“Hunty fancied himself, but because it was just on that side I thought ‘this is mine’. “Thankfully I connected right and it went in.”
Rose only scored once during 41 appearances in his first spell with United, but is looking to contribute much more regularly this season.
The 25-year-old netted 13 times during one season at Newport County and knows how important goals from midfield are to a team hoping for promotion.
He said: “If you can have your strikers getting 10-15 and one of them going on to get 20, plus one or two midfielders contributing five to ten that helps massively towards getting the side to the top of the table.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of games for the neutral, but at the end of the day it’s three points. “It’s all very well playing pretty football, but this was a classic League Two game and we had to dig very deep.”
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