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    onthebench wrote:
    I think this is getting carried away a little too much. It WAS a convincing result. It was NOT a convincing performance. Fantastic result, but it was a very flattering scoreline for us. Luckily for us their strikers couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo. If they had taken at least one of their numerous chances in the first half we could have been looking at a very different result. As much as I like 'having a go', I don't think four strikers would be the most sensible approach for Newport away. Let's go with two (or three!!) and shore up the midfield a bit. Having said all that - fair play to Mad Dog for at least having the guts to try something new.
    But they didn't so we got three goals and came away with three points. When was the last time we won three successive home games? Yes some of it was down to poor finishing, but most of it was down to great defending and goalkeeping. Give credit where it is due. The backline's performance was epic on Saturday - especially in some very tricky conditions against the wind in the first half. You say it is luck, maybe some of it was, I put it down to hard work and total commitment.

    Everyone (myself included) has been worried about the home form, but we are now beginning to see a marked improvement in both performance and results."
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Mickey's brave decision reaps reward for Oxford United + match highlights video

A delighted David Connolly (left) is all smiles as he congratulates Deane Smalley on scoring Oxford United’s third goal in the 3-0 win over Mansfield Town at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday

A delighted David Connolly (left) is all smiles as he congratulates Deane Smalley on scoring Oxford United’s third goal in the 3-0 win over Mansfield Town at the Kassam Stadium on Saturday

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MICKEY Lewis said he just went with his instinct when picking his Oxford United team ahead of Saturday’s 3-0 success over Mansfield Town.

The caretaker boss selected four strikers in his starting line-up for the Sky Bet League Two clash – but the move paid handsome dividends as the U’s stretched their unbeaten run to eight games, five of which have been under his leadership.

It was a brave call from Lewis, but one that proved correct as goals from David Connolly, Nicky Wroe and Deane Smalley saw United stay third in the table.

Two early saves from United goalkeeper Ryan Clarke proved crucial, but ultimately the quality of the attacking players was the difference.

“I just felt that we really needed three points,” he said.

“I wanted my goalscorers out on the pitch, so we went out with the four forwards. I thought ‘let’s go for it’.

“We could have gone a goal down early on, but with those attacking players on the pitch you always feel you have a goal in you.”

He added: “We have been pleased with our results of late with some tough away games, although we were slightly disappointed we didn’t hold onto the lead at Bristol Rovers last week.

“We really wanted to win the game today and the victory makes those away draws even better results.”

The convincing victory strengthens Lewis’s claims for the manager’s position on a full-time basis, with bookmakers now making the former U’s midfielder the clear favourite to be appointed permanent boss.

But Lewis refused to talk about that possibility when asked – as he has done throughout his spell in charge.

“The next game is Newport on Tuesday night, and we will be prepare right for that one,” he said.

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