Raynes desperate to end his Oxford United goal drought

11:30am Friday 29th November 2013

By David Pritchard

MICHAEL Raynes is hoping for a change of fortune in front of goal at Fleetwood Town tomorrow after a host of near misses in recent games.

The defender is a threat at set-pieces, but has not scored since heading in a dramatic stoppage time winner against Barnet in March.

Raynes has come agonisingly close to ending his drought in the last few outings.

His bullet header against Morecambe on Saturday set up the opening goal for James Constable, before shooting wide early on in Tuesday’s stalemate with Newport County.

“I’m having a nightmare, I can’t hit a barn door at the moment,” he joked.

“Beano got the one last week where I thought I’d scored.

“It’s going to come soon, it’s got to or I’ll start putting myself forward for penalties and I’ll get one that way.”

At 26, the centre back will be one of most senior members in action tomorrow, after a series of injures to key players.

There will be seven development squad members in the 18-man line-up at Fleetwood.

Raynes is keen to do what he can to help the youngsters, but after experiencing a baptism of fire as a teenager at Stockport County, he believes United’s lofty league position should make it easier.

He said: “They are coming into a good environment, we are top of the league and playing good football.

“It’s better than being stuck in a relegation battle, which I was when I started playing at 17.

“They should relish the opportunity they’ve got – to be in a side that’s doing well.”


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