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Oxford United skipper says win is more important than clean sheet
JAKE Wright insisted a first clean sheet of the season was merely a bonus as Oxford United continued their excellent start to the season at Burton Albion.
Chris Wilder’s men had got themselves among the leading pack thanks to the best goalscoring record in Sky Bet League Two.
But they went into Saturday’s trip to the Pirelli Stadium having conceded in every game.
Wright was pleased to get the first shut-out on the board, but getting three points was the priority for the U’s skipper.
He said: “It’s the icing on the cake, but to be fair I just want to keep winning games and getting results.
“I think people have made a thing about not getting clean sheets, but I wasn’t bothered. If we win every game 5-4 I’m not bothered.
“We just want to keep winning games and picking up points.”
The centre back singled out Ryan Clarke for praise.
United’s goalkeeper had few shots to save, but averted a host of dangerous situations by coming out to catch crosses and set pieces.
Wright said: “I think everyone really enjoyed the game and the keeper was different class.
“He came for so much and it makes it so much easier for us, especially when they are a danger at set pieces.
“They have a lot of big boys, but I think we handled it really well.”
A fourth win in six games kept United second in Sky Bet League Two.
Wright thinks producing similar performances consistently will keep them in the mix, but knows it is still very early days.
He said: “All this result says is we’re doing well at the moment.
“We have to keep it going, we’ve only had six games and there’s 40 left, we need to get as many points as we can.
“If we keep playing like that and being as professional as we have been we’ll be all right.”